Young Construction Work Apprentice receives The Jeff Marsh Occupational Health and Safety Young Person of the Year Award 2017

The Results Are In!

Dr Chris Bamber Secretary of the North Manchester Health and Safety Advisory Group, RoSPA Safety Groups UK, presented The Jeff Marsh Young Person of the Year Award 2017 at the Steve Horrocks’ Annual Conference held at the OLC Bolton campus on Thursday 22nd June 2017 .  The worthy recipient of the award is young construction work apprentice, age 21, Mr Glen Dacre of Barrow–in-Furnace, Cumbria.

The Jeff Marsh Award recognises the efforts and achievements of young people in the field of Occupational Health & Safety.   The award was the brainchild of Steve Horrocks who worked tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of everybody affected by work activities. Steve’s particular interest in the subject was focussed as a young man when a friend of his, Jeff Marsh, was killed in an industrial accident. From this point Steve made the safety of young people a major element of his work. When Steve received an award from RoSPA for his lifetime commitment to Health & Safety he saw the opportunity to create something that would recognise the life of his friend and reward the efforts of young people at work.

Photograph: From left to right, Lee Holliday from Jacobs Stobbarts Ltd; Glen Dacre the Jeff Marsh 2017 Award Winner; Keith Dymond from Barrow Training Partnership; Dr Chris Bamber MD of OLC (Europe) and secretary NMHSAG.

The North Manchester Health and Safety Advisory Group (NMHSAG), a Safety Group UK of RoSPA, run the awards annually and this year were very impressed with the nomination presented for Glen Dacre.  The nomination points out, that even though Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) is not his chosen career path, Glen has shown excellent commitment to OH&S with his loyalty to his team mates, his honest reporting of hazards and his practical knowledge of work place risk assessments.  It is exactly young people like Glen, that NMHSAG and RoSPA wish to support and encourage so that they can be proud knowing that they have been recognised for their positive impact on safety in the work place.

During the awards ceremony, Keith Dymond, Barrow Training Partnership and Lee Holliday, Jacobs Stobbarts Ltd presented the journey that Glen had taken prior to starting his construction apprenticeship supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).  This clearly described how Glen had grown in maturity and confidence as a construction apprentice and despite previously working in less favourable conditions prior to starting with Jacobs Stobbarts Ltd has taken on board best construction work practice and has shown to be valuable to his current employer.

 As secretary of the NMHSAG, Dr Chris Bamber would like to personally thank Jacobs Stobbarts Ltd and Barrow Training Partnership as well as the CITB for nominating and supporting Glen for the award.