Safer Highways has announced the first sponsors for its Highways Heroes Awards, as the industry moves to support the event set up to recognise the people put to work on both the local and strategic highways networks.
Ten sponsors have already confirmed their commitment to the event. They are: Amey, Arco, Balfour Beatty, Eurovia, FM Conway, Highway Care, Galliford Try, Morgan Sindall, NBC and SRL Traffic Systems.
The Highways Heroes Awards come after a time of unprecedented change not only in our industry, but as part of our everyday lives. Safer Highways says this is the ideal time to celebrate the hard work and success of our workers, who have coped admirably in the face of adversity, to recognise the heroic actions of them which, until now, has gone unnoticed.
Taking place in Central London on December 2nd the awards will recognise those who have gone above and beyond their duty, to help someone or improve a situation, either in the communities they work in or to unconditionally support fellow workers in their team.
Whether its saving someone from danger or risk of injury, helping a member of the public to safety, or supporting a team member in the face of abuse, you or a member of your team could be named a Highways Hero as part of this new and unique awards, says organiser Safer Highways.
The Highways Heroes will be judged by their peers, led by Kevin Robinson, Chief Executive of Safer Highways and Joe Docherty, Vice Chairman of the organisation.
Commenting on SRL’s decision to sponsor, Malcolm Johnstone, Managing Director of its Hire Division, said: “Despite the uncertainty generated by the pandemic, the highways sector has excelled over the last year. This is, without doubt, thanks to the outstanding efforts of individuals working at all levels in the industry who are determined to deliver essential services to the public – to the highest standards. Amidst great adversity, the highways industry has come together and has prevailed. SRL applauds all those who stepped up and stepped forward, and we are privileged to recognise them at this year’s awards.”
Whilst Phil Clifton, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty said: ‘We’re proud to help the industry recognise those that have gone above and beyond the call of duty and look forward to their stories inspiring us all to continuously look for new ways to improve health, safety and Wellbeing.”
Adding to the sentiment Kevin Robinson, Chief Executive of Safer Highways, added: “I am absolutely delighted with the way that industry has responded to our Highways Heroes Awards. This is something the highways sector has very much taken to heart, and this has been reflected in both the number and calibre of sponsors we are announcing in this first wave and those we have yet to announced. At a time when our industry has faced enormous challenges yet continued to deliver in times of diversity, it is vital that we recognise our people we put to work are the most important thing.”
Entry is simple via an online form with the opening date for entry being Monday 19th July with submissions to be made on the soon to be launched Highways Heroes portal – www.highwaysheroes.com.