The 2019 FASET Award winners were unveiled at the trade body’s successful, new-look, new venue AGM event last week – at the stunning Tewkesbury Park in the Cotswolds on Thursday 28th November.

The FASET award winners and highly commended – independently judged by Jo-Anne Michael of the Construction Sector Safety Unit (Health & Safety), Gary Walpole of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Mark Keily CMIOSH, QHSE Director at Nationwide Platforms and FASET Managing Director, Tony Seddon – were handed out in four categories:

FASET Staff Merit Award (CSCS Sponsored)

A category designed to recognise outstanding individual achievement by a someone working for a FASET Member (since 1st August 2018).

Staff Merit Award Winner was jointly awarded to Kevin Mooney & Robert Bennett of Onestop Safety Netting & Edge Protection.

Highly Commended Staff Merit Award went to Phil Tarry of Nationwide Safety Netting.

Both winners and highly commended entries demonstrated the dedication the entrants give to the industry.

FASET Health Safety & Training Award (Sponsored by Spanset)

An award for any FASET Member company who can demonstrate outstanding performance or innovation in health, safety and/ortraining.

Jointly awarded to Trad Hire & Sales for their temporary trap door access system which is aimed to increase safety on housebuild sites & Beresfords Flooring for their safety net recovery bag which will allow safe recovery of people who have fallen into safety nets.

FASET Excellence of Work Award (Sponsored by Huck Nets)

A project award designed to recognise those companies who deserve recognition for their high standard of work, client satisfaction and celebrating the best of FASET and its membership.

FASET Excellence of Work Award 2019 went to PMC Safety Netting Ltd for their work on Drax Powerstation.

Highly Commended award went to Structural Metal Decks Decks Ltd for their work on Kings Cross S1.

Contribution to FASET Award (sponsored by Leon De Oro)

Any FASET Member company orindividual who can demonstrate outstanding contributions to FASET and its members.

Contribution to FASET Award 2019 Winner was awarded to FASET’s Health, Safety & Technical Chairman, Mark Keily of Nationwide Platforms for his unwavering support given to FASET.

Highly Commended award went to Paul Martin of Onestop Safety Netting & Edge Protection for the dedication shown to FASET, particularly in Scotland over many years.

Earlier in the day, the FASET AGM featured updates on the work of the trade body in 2019 and a wide range of external speakers on work at height, CITB grant availability, mental health and a very popular demonstration of the innovative, brand new air bag net recovery system by new event sponsors, Brilliant Ideas. 

And there was a new post-lunch format, with smaller ‘break-out sessions’ attending seminars, workshops, presentations and open dialogue discussion groups covering all manner of topics, such as asbestos awareness, the role of FASET, hybrid power and pre-crush sensor technologies in MEWPs. 

Furthermore, event sponsors Leon de Oro, Trad Safety Systems, Visor Nets, Huck Nets, CSCS, Spanset, Genie (A Terex Brand) and Nationwide Platforms had trade displays at the AGM to showcase their wares to event delegates, with Genie and Nationwide Platforms also having a range of MEWPs on display outside the front of the hotel, available for demonstration.

FASET MD Tony Seddon said: “The change to a new venue and slight shift in AGM format was received extremely well by the membership and other event delegates. It’s an important event to highlight the hard work of all the FASET committees and staff over the year – and to show what’s been achieved in the past 12 months, which is a lot in 2019. 

“We have launched many new guidance notes – freely available to the construction and work at height sector – had a presence at various key trade events, like the AIF Work At Height Conference and H&S Events, been part of the launch of the APPG’s ‘Staying Alive’ Report, created a new marketing film viewed by more than 6,000 people, have re-branded our membership logos and far more besides. 

“The work of FASET members – sub-contracting and training – is often extremely challenging, complex and is far from simple. And we shouldn’t forget – what they do every day saves lives. And that fact cannot be understated. 

“The AGM & Awards are a great celebration of the hard work of member companies and individuals and we would like to wish our congratulations to those nominated for an award and of course those highly commended and winners. All involved in FASET should be very proud of what they achieve – regardless of whether they entered or won an award, because they ensure that construction site workers in the UK go home safely to their families, every day.”

In addition to the Awards, FASET were also proud to have a new charity target for 2019 – the No Falls Foundation, the charitable organisation dedicated to preventing falls from height and helping people affected by the consequences of a fall. Their Chairman, Peter Bennett OBE gave a speech at the AGM on the work of the foundation, and later in the evening gratefully accepted more than £1,000 raised by FASET members. 

The FASET Awards evening rounded off nicely with entertainment in the form of award winning, BGT comedian, Nick Page.