LEADING forestry, timber harvesting and landscaping business Tilhill is celebrating after winning an internationally recognised health and safety award.

Tilhill received the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Sector Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for demonstrating high health and safety standards.

Gavin Adkins, Tilhill’s managing director, said: “I am delighted that Tilhill has been judged as winners of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Sector. This is a significant achievement, and my thanks go to all our staff and contractors for applying our rigorous safety and assurance requirements to everything they do.

“It is wonderful that our Health and Safety culture and system has been judged by others to be of the highest quality in our sector. Whilst we are very proud of our achievement, we cannot stop or even pause our drive to make the forest industry safer.”

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Chris Pike, Tilhill’s head of safety and assurance, said: “Tilhill launched its ‘Insist on Safety’ culture change back in 2009. Our staff and contractors have all played their part in sustaining our drive to improve health and safety over such a long period. This award is fantastic recognition for them of their contribution to our Insist on Safety programme.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s achievements director, added: “The RoSPA Awards scheme is the longest-running of its kind in the UK, but it receives entries from organisations across the globe, making it one of the most sought-after achievement awards for health and safety worldwide.”

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