O’Donovan Waste won the coveted Health and Safety award at the National Building and Construction Awards (NBCA). The awards, held in London, brought together construction industry professionals to celebrate the best businesses, teams and individuals, having been previously postponed due to the pandemic.

The award recognises the O’Donovan business as leading the way with its health and safety initiatives; a business-wide commitment to operational excellence led from the top. The family firm – spearheaded by Jacqueline O’Donovan, has invested substantial time and resources into ongoing health and safety training, culture and technological innovation, continually setting new standards for safety and best practice for others across the industry to aspire to.

The gold award is a major achievement for family-run O’Donovan business, who were up against some key industry players. O’Donovan has long been a pioneer in health and safety, having been the first waste company in the UK to be certified with the ISO 39001 certificate in road traffic safety best practice, and one of only five firms in the UK to achieve gold standard accreditation to the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) maintained over ten consecutive years. In addition to winning Gold, MD Jacqueline was recognised for her outstanding leadership and vision, winning the Silver Woman in Construction title.

On receiving both of the awards, Jacqueline O’Donovan, commented: “We pride ourselves on our exceptionally high standards in health and safety knowing that, not only do our staff appreciate the efforts, but our clients also. Peace of mind is so important in the world we find ourselves in.”

The NBCA panel of esteemed judges commented, “O’Donovan Waste demonstrated a deeply embedded Health and Safety Culture that has delivered excellent results. In a fiercely competitive category, this family-run business have taken health, safety and wellbeing to a new level by embedding it into their culture and everyday operations, championing a range of health & safety and training initiatives led from the top.” as well as recognising that “Jacqueline is a business leader who innovates and inspires her workforce as well as having wider positive impact on industry”.

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