Nearly tasting the ultimate victory in 2014 years ago inspired Stadco Ltd. to enter the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards again. And last year, they were victorious.
The Shropshire-based automotive product manufacturer was justifiably proud that they won the Health & Safety Award at the regional level in 2014. However, when they didn’t take home the prize at the national awards event, it just encouraged them to continue to work on their health and safety programme – and how to measure and communicate its innovation and success.
During a period of rapid growth, Stadco made health and safety a priority. The three-year health and safety strategy was aligned with the milestones of the new product and process implementation and included audits along the way. With each individual element being managed by a multi-functional project team, Stadco involved every member of its workforce to ensure effective implementation of its health and safety strategy through training and on-site safety scenario exercises.
As a result, and despite more than doubling its workforce, Stadco has markedly reduced lost time accidents and total accidents.
Judge’s Comments: “Stadco rolled out a multi-faceted health and safety initiative, tying their strategy to the company’s costs and team’s high performance. The judges were impressed that they were able to achieve and maintain health and safety goals during a period of rapid growth when the company doubled its workforce across multiple sites, which naturally would have increased any rate of risk.”
As an EEF member, Stadco was well aware that the Future Manufacturing Awards were the gold standard for industry recognition. The team came together to answer the award application questions and then went to London to present to the judging panel.
The result was the team won both the regional and then the national award for their health and safety programme.
“It’s an amazing award to win really. We were up against so many great companies that a lot of people at our company thought, ‘We must be doing some really good work here’,” says Simon Randall, Head of Environment, Health and Safety, Stadco Ltd.
“Winning at the national level really showed our employees that the health & safety work we do is very valid. It gave us a chance to celebrate that as a company through our publications, displays and online.” – Simon Randall, Head of Environment, Health and Safety
The icing on the cake was the awards dinner and presentation in London where all the regional winners celebrated their wins and competed to win the national prize in their category.
“The awards event was a very glamorous affair. Everything was very well organised. We got a full table to invite everyone at Stadco who had been involved,” says Simon.
The whole process reminded Simon that “this is really the top award to get in the industry.”
The EEF Future Manufacturing Awards is the most rigorous and respected recognition programme in UK manufacturing. Companies of all sizes can apply in categories ranging from developing people to apprentices to business growth. Regional winners in each category go onto the national awards event held annually in London. Learn more about the awards and see 2016’s categories.