JELD-WEN, one of the UK’s largest timber window manufacturers, has been awarded International Safety Awards at four of its manufacturing sites from the British Safety Council (BSC).

The BSC awarded JELD-WEN’s sites in Melton Mowbray (frames and stairs), Sheffield and Lowestoft this esteemed accreditation that recognises companies with below average accident rates and robust health & safety policies. Employees from all four sites joined top names in the health and safety industry to receive the award at a special ceremony held at London’s prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel.

Keith Claydon, Group Health & Safety Facilitator for JELD-WEN, said: “We are delighted to receive these prestigious awards, which are testament to the hard work of our staff in developing a health & safety culture across our manufacturing sites. We are committed to a robust health & safety policy throughout our business and recognise how important this is to minimise risks, reduce accidents and ensure a more secure working environment for all concerned.”

The British Safety Council Awards 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 outline their health and safety officers’ qualifications and provide details of significant health and safety advances throughout the year.

Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged the winners’ hard work: “I offer 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. By continuing to work together in partnership with you, other stakeholders, employers and employees, we will make considerable strides towards achieving our goal for health & safety including the reduction in the burden on employers and employees and cutting the 40 million working days currently lost each year through work-related ill health and injury.”

Mr David Ballard, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council added: “Now in our fiftieth year, we have led the way in promoting health, safety and environmental best practice in society. In the 21st Century, many organizations worldwide are now making health & safety a top priority. Through achieving an International Safety Award is helping to make our vision of a safe working environment a reality.”

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 currently manufactures at five 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 0845 122 2890 or visit the website at

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