The safety and health achievements of the Big Build construction phase for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been recognised with a special award to mark the Diamond Jubilee.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), of which the Queen is patron, presented the Diamond Jubilee Award to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) at a ceremony last night.
The presentation was made by Lord Brougham and Vaux, RoSPA’s vice-president, and Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, to Dennis Hone, the ODA’s chief executive, and Lawrence Waterman, the ODA’s head of health and safety.
Construction of the main sporting venues and infrastructure on the Olympic Park involved around 62m hours of work with an Accident Frequency Rate of 0.17 per 100,000 hours – less than half the construction industry average, and it was completed without an accident-related fatality.
Tom Mullarkey, chief executive of RoSPA, said: “It is only right that in our Patron’s Diamond Jubilee year, we have been able to pick out one special organisation – the Olympic Delivery Authority – whose contribution to safety in the UK is now an exemplar to the whole world.
“The ODA’s approach to occupational health in particular, provides a shining example that the construction industry at large could learn from and follow.
In addition, the fact that the Big Build was completed without an accident-related fatality is tribute to the leadership and organisation of the ODA in the most testing operational conditions. We are so pleased that Her Majesty has consented to this unique award, and we hope it will be a foretaste of a wonderful summer of celebration for our country.”
Dennis Hone, ODA chief executive, said: “We are honoured to receive such a prestigious award in recognition of the health and safety achievements of our workforce. The safety of the teams delivering the London 2012 venues and infrastructure has always been our number one priority and by creating a culture of teamwork and individual responsibility, incidents have been few and far between. We are rightly proud of having delivered the project with an accident frequency rate that is half the construction industry average.”