The anti-entrapment system was launched by Nationwide Platforms at the end of 2011 and had already been recognised with awards at the International Awards for Powered Access and by the Construction Health and Safety Group in 2012.
In awarding the IOSH prize, the judges said: “We were impressed by the development of this technology in response to a real problem, and that it is now being widely used by those who can benefit most from it.”
Judges included representatives from Transport for London, Rolls-Royce, NEBOSH, TUC and more, as well as a selection of health and safety directors, consultants and advisors, and the president of IOSH, Subash Ludhra.
The SkySiren was developed by BlueSky Solutions who were acquired by the Lavendon Group in 2011. Nationwide Platforms, the Group’s market leader in the UK, subsequently launched the system, prompting a number of major contractors, including Skanska and Tyco, to mandate additional anti-entrapment protection.
Nationwide Platforms’ managing director Mike Potts said: “The SkySiren was developed in recognition of a real threat to the safety of powered access users. As a market leader we wanted to tackle the issue head-on and find a solution that could be made available to the largest possible audience. With the SkySiren we have a system that’s both comprehensive and designed entirely with the needs and the behaviours of end-user in mind. We’re incredibly proud of our latest success which recognises years of hard work in developing the system.”
Mick Ledden, executive director – business development and key accounts, managed the introduction of the SkySiren to the powered access industry in 2011. Speaking on the latest award success, he said: “As a business we are committed to taking on the issues and challenges which threaten safety in our industry. The SkySiren is a result of this commitment and of our willingness to listen to the concerns of our clients. We’re delighted to have received this recognition and will strive to continue to drive forward best practice in every arena of our work.”
Nationwide Platforms were also shortlisted for best health and safety achievement in transport and logistics, as well as for partnership of the year alongside Skanksa UK for work developing the SkySiren.