Scott's Stafford team take the spoils at St George's Park

Thursday, June 6, 2013

St Georges Park
Scott (centre) receives his award from Bovis Homes Group Chief Executive David Ritchie (right) and Group Development Director Michael Black 

Stafford site manager Scott Lawson has beaten off competition from all over the country to land a major award from a national housebuilder.

Scott has been named winner of Bovis Homes' annual Health and Safety competition for his outstanding performance at St George's Park, one of more than 100 developments that the company runs across England and Wales.

And the 43-year-old from Stoke was quick to praise his team of contractors, including many based in and around the town, for helping him land the award.

With 70 to 80 people working on the Stafford development every day, good communication has to be key to effectively sharing health and safety messages across the busy site.

And thanks to frank and open fortnightly meetings Scott, together with assistant site manager Tony Croxall and materials controller Richard Peers, ensures those messages are given - and received.

"These meetings aren't about me standing there banging the table and telling them what to do," said Scott. "It's an open forum where people can offer their ideas about how we work at St George's and how we can make it safer.

"We look at where we should be and where we are in terms of construction and flag up any safety issues that have arisen. The contractors have bought into it and we've got an atmosphere where people are prepared to talk and challenge and pull together as a team.

"Like all sites, St George's Park comes with its own particular challenges," added Scott.

"Here there are a lot of existing structures, the main one being the old Georgian hospital building, but there are also outbuildings and old shafts and managing that is one of the health and safety issues we have."

Bovis Homes Group Environment, Health and Safety Director Paul Haxell said: "There was strong evidence that Scott's fingerprints were all over the arrangements at the site and that he was in control, with the workforce both understanding and consistently delivering to his expectations.

"Scott and his colleagues also displayed a strong team ethos, with all wanting to contribute to the success of the development. In essence Scott demonstrated that he walked the walk rather than just talking the talk."

For more information about St George's Park, visit www.bovishomes.co.uk