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Bombardier Wins Gold in RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards

June 4, 2013 London Transportation,  Press Release

  • Awards scheme recognises commitment to accident and ill health prevention

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has been recognised for the second year running by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents for its approach to occupational health and safety. The company won two gold awards at a ceremony in Birmingham – one for the high standards achieved at its Crewe heavy maintenance site, the other for the overall performance of its UK Services business.

Dating back 57 years, the RoSPA Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK. It is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas. The scheme looks at accident records, and also entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “RoSPA firmly believes that organisations that demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention deserve recognition. Bombardier Transportation has shown that it is committed to striving for such continuous improvement and we are delighted to honour it through the presentation of an award.”

Promoting employee health and safety is an essential element of Bombardier’s Corporate Social Responsibility commitment. Bombardier encourages its workforce to take personal responsibility for safety and reducing accidents. A communications campaign, ‘Safety With Attitude – let’s just do it’, was created to support this objective and aims to achieve a change in attitudes and behaviour in relation to health and safety across Bombardier’s UK sites.

‘Safety With Attitude’ recently won an award for Internal Communications Excellence at the annual Rail Business Awards, which recognise excellence across the rail industry. The campaign involves all of Bombardier’s services locations in the UK – 31 in total – encompassing both Bombardier owned sites and customers’ depots. Since the campaign’s inception in late 2010, the company has witnessed a 40% reduction in all accidents, a 70% reduction in days lost through accidents, and a 50% reduction in serious injuries.

For more information about Bombardier’s Corporate Social Responsibility commitment, visit www.csr.bombardier.com.

About Bombardier Transportation in the UK

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. With over 3,200 people employed at eight Bombardier sites and 31 customer locations across the UK, Bombardier has delivered, or has on order, more than 60 per cent of the UK's existing fleet and currently maintains around 40 per cent of the UK's rolling stock. Bombardier has over 50 years’ experience in providing the latest signalling technology to the UK rail network.

Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

Photos: 
Paul Elson receives a ROSPA Gold Award for high standards achieved at Bombardier's Crewe heavy maintenance site
Mark Edmeades receives a ROSPA Gold Award for the performance of Bombardier’s UK Services business

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