Essex business wins internationally recognised H&S accolade

Horizon Construction, based in Colchester, has fought off stiff international competition to scoop a prestigious RoSPA Award, demonstrating its commitment to health and safety excellence.

Published in Essex Director Magazine Spring | Summer 2023
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Business News: Horizon Construction

The 24-year-old company, which employs 50 people, won a Silver Award in the construction industry sector category, validating its dedication to ensuring all personnel in its construction operations get home safely at the end of every working day.

Now in its 67th year, the RoSPA Awards is not only the largest in the UK, but one of the most prestigious and recognised schemes in the world, attracting almost 2,000 entries every year. Covering nearly 50 countries and reaching over seven million employees, the programme recognises an organisations’ commitment to continuous improvement in the prevention of accidents and ill health at work. It looks at entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. Competitive awards are presented in 20 industry sectors and for specialist areas of health and safety management.

Keeping people safe

Phil Holding, Horizon Construction’s Managing Director, said: “The achievement and recognition by RoSPA of our health and safety practices are crucial in confirming we are up-to-date and implementing the latest methods, safeguarding our employees and all people working on our construction sites. We continuously invest in health and safety and benefit from our in-house HSQE department to develop our culture.

“The health, safety and wellbeing of our people are at the forefront of everything we do. This also demonstrates to our clients, along with the use of other industry-recognised frameworks such as ISO, that we have everyone’s best interests in mind, and aspire to be a leader in our field for high-quality construction practices.

“This achievement does not occur without an unwavering commitment from our team. So, I would like to pay particular thanks to them for their hard work.”

Who is RoSPA?

RoSPA is a not-for-profit organisation that has worked for more than 100 years to help people recognise and reduce their risk of accidents, at home, on the road, at work and at leisure. Its goal is to enable everyone to live their lives to the full, safely, and the RoSPA Awards scheme is the longest running of its kind in the UK.  

According to the International Labour Organization (, around 2.3 million women and men around the world lose their lives to work-related accidents or diseases every year, which equates to over 6,300 deaths every single day.  This statistic is truly shocking, so the RoSPA Awards provide an excellent platform for organisations to show their stakeholders that they recognise the importance of good health and safety practices.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s Achievements Director, said: “Accidents at work and work-related ill health don’t just have huge financial implications or cause major disruption – they significantly impact an individual’s quality of life. That’s why good safety performance deserves to be recognised and rewarded.

“We are thrilled that Horizon Construction has won a RoSPA Award and would like to congratulate them on showing an unwavering commitment to keeping their employees, clients and customers safe from accidental harm and injury.”

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