Kitchen firm awards are no accident

Dewsburybased Rixonway Kitchens has won two awards for the way bosses look after the health and safety of employees.

The firm, which makes units for the social housing sector, won gold at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) awards in Birmingham on May 11.

That success was followed by an award from the British Safety Council for the companys commitment to preventing workplace injuries.

Both awards were made after the two industry bodies assessed Rixonways health and safety policies and procedures.

RoSPA awards manager David Rawlins said: Rixonway Kitchens have shown a commitment to protecting the health and wellbeing of their employees.

We are delighted to publicity honour organisations which have demonstrated a desire keep improving their health and safety performance.

Judges were impressed by how Rixonway managers had cut the absentee rate for shop floor staff from 10 per cent to two per cent in the last six years.

Managers have also halved the number of workplace accidents, despite production turnover doubling, though strict health and safety rules.

All employees are given induction and training manuals while bosses do regular risk assessments across their Shaw Cross Business Park premises.

Rixonway Kitchens operations director Nick Greenall said: We are delighted with the awards as we take our health and safety responsibilities seriously. Mini health and safety audits are regularly carried out within departments which allow employees to raise any issues which are of concern to them.

This process empowers our staff so that they can address concerns themselves and keep improving our occupational health and safety record.

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