JELD-WEN, one of the UK’s largest timber window manufacturers, has been awarded an International Safety Award from leading training and advisory body the British Safety Council.

Employees from the three JELD-WEN sites that received the accreditation – Melton Mowbray, Darlington and Penrith, joined top names in the health and safety industry and received an accolade from Prime Minister Tony Blair at a special ceremony held at London’s prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel recently.

Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged the winners’ hard work: “I send my congratulations to all those organisations being presented with an award by the British Safety Council. These awards recognise the success that these organisations and their employees have achieved in their pursuit of excellence in the management of health, safety and environmental matters.

Keith Claydon, Group Health & Safety Facilitator for JELD-WEN, said: “We are delighted that three of our manufacturing locations achieved this prestigious award, which is testament to the hard work of our staff in developing a health & safety culture throughout our business. We take a holistic approach to health & safety with all members of staff taking individual responsibility and it has proved to be a winning formula in reducing accidents and improving the overall working environment.”

Only companies with accident incidence rates better than the industry average are eligible to apply. Winners must have sound safety policies and plans, showing a commitment to health and safety from the shop floor to the boardroom. They must detail their health and safety officers’ qualifications and provide details of significant health and safety advances for the year.

HSE Chief Executive, Geoffrey Podger, added: “We are pleased to see companies who demonstrate a firm commitment to health and safety being rewarded. Over 200 people each year die at work, the majority as a result of safety failings, failures that can be prevented by companies putting employee health and safety at the top of their agenda.”

JELD-WEN is a volume manufacturer of windows, doors and stairs, which are supplied through builder’s merchants and DIY retail chains, as well as directly to major housebuilders and developers. The company is US-owned and manufactures at six sites throughout the UK, as well as at 150 locations across the World, employing over 20,000 people.

For further information, contact JELD-WEN on 01302 394 000 or visit the website at

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