Colas Awards 2016


Colas scoops 10 MPA Awards

Colas collected two trophies and eight awards on a very successful day at the 2016 MPA (Mineral Products Association) Health & Safety Awards ceremony in London. The categories in which we were successful included ‘Contractor’s Safety’, ‘Worker Involvement’ and ‘Bitumen; Asphalt; Contract Surfacing’, with three Colas employees individually recognised for their personal contributions to Health & Safety. We were also Highly Commended in several categories.

We were particularly successful in the ‘Bitumen; Asphalt; Contract Surfacing’ category, winning the Eurobitume UK Trophy for our ground-based pumps at Warrington and receiving Certificates of Merit for both Chapter 8 Signage for Highways vehicles and Bitumen delivery Safe Working Procedures (SWP) at Colas Carnsew Quarry.

The ‘Bitumen; Asphalt; Contract Surfacing’ category also saw Colas Highly Commended for Main Elevator Inspection at Carnsew Quarry and for our Body Cameras in reducing road worker abuse. The cameras are able to record any abuse directed towards Operatives, with their physical presence often enough to deter abusers.

The Company’s innovative Traffic Management Access Gates earned us the BACMI Trophy in the ‘Contractor’s Safety’category, with the gates acknowledged for providing pioneering improvements to the safety of Operatives and the general public. They serve the dual purpose of keeping curious road users at a safe distance and protecting road workers from potential abuse.

We were also Highly Commended in the ‘Worker Involvement’ category for Operational Stand Down Days and Risk Assessment Workshops.

Pat Sheehan, Head of Health & Safety, said: “To achieve this level of success at the MPA Awards is testament to our development of new and improved Health & Safety solutions. It rewards the hard work which Colas has put into helping the safety of our Operatives, and shows us to be one of the leading companies in the Civil Engineering industry.”





Colas awarded Highways England Blue Star Award for Innovation In Safety

Colas identified a potential safety risk with removable magnetic Chapter 8 Chevrons traditionally used for cars visiting worksites and, together with Farnborough Signs, has developed an innovative solution for the problem.

Changes in car manufacturing specifications in recent years have resulted in car boots no longer being metal but plastic instead therefore, attaching magnetic Chapter 8 chevrons to plastic boots poses potential safety risks.

The new Chapter 8 Chevrons can be cut to size and easily attached with both suckers and straps, alleviating the risk of them coming loose for falling off.

“We are delighted to receive this award as safety is our priority” said John Thompson, Executive Director of Contracting at Colas, “the new Chapter 8 Chevrons are easy to fit and ensure that anyone from Colas out on site, is not only meeting the requirements, but is also highly visible. As a company we understand that people using company cars don’t necessarily want permanent chevrons on their vehicles when they are commuting to and from work, so these new ones are ideal”.

The new chevrons have been trialled on the M3 Project where Colas is working for Balfour Beatty on a Smart Motorway covering 15.5 miles of carriageway from junctions 4a to 2.



Donna Hitchcock named HR Star of the Year

Our own Associate Director of HR, Donna Hitchcock was declared 2016 HR Star of the Year at the Construction Investing in Talent Awards in December. The award is deserved recognition of Donna’s hard work and commitment to the positive transformation of Human Resources.

Since her arrival at Colas in September 2014, Donna has led the reinvention of the HR function, helping to redefine how the department is viewed across the business, recruiting a new in-house team in order to deliver results and save on business costs. The Resource & Talent division has been created in order to retain and develop current employees, with the ambition of progressing and expanding their skillsets, as well as developing future talent via cascading skills via management within the company.

An in-house recruitment team supports managers and enables the company to streamline recruitment and retention. There has also been improved mobility and retention of staff since Donna’s arrival, with a significant increase in vacancies being filled internally, rather than externally.

Donna was also nominated for her commitment to bringing benefits and recognition to employees who are performing at a high level. To help with this final objective, she introduced the ‘Our People’ Awards to recognise and reward those individuals and teams who deserve credit for their efforts, and a new performance related pay system to adequately reward those deserving of it. Colas has also received three Investor in People Awards since the beginning of her tenure.

Donna’s approach to developing talent through tailored apprentice and graduate schemes, and targeting the recruitment of diverse talent from within the ex-military and ex-offender communities demonstrates her forward-thinking and equality-conscious approach.

Donna said: “To win this award is a huge honour for me, and one that I could not have achieved without the backing of my team. I would like to thank everyone within the HR department for their support and commitment, and in particular Mark Overton and Jonathan Cheeseman for nominating me.”



Colas wins double Gold at RoSPA Awards 2016

Colas has been announced as the recipient of two prestigious awards in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2016.     

Colas achieved the Gold Medal (7 consecutive Gold Awards) for Health & Safety and Gold Award for Fleet Safety in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

We will be presented with the award during a ceremony at the ExCeL, London, on June 21, 2016, as the event marked its diamond anniversary.

The RoSPA Awards is celebrating 60 years of presenting highly-regarded and sought after accolades to businesses and organisations like Colas, which have shown commitment to accident and ill-health prevention.



Colas wins Fleet Safety Award for commitment to driving at work

Colas has been awarded a Fleet Safety Award in the annual Fleet World Honours for its long-term commitment to raising awareness and managing occupational road risk amongst its employees. 

Colas re-launched its Safer Attitudes in Driving campaign as SAID+ in 2015, building on the success of its predecessor, SAID, which started in 2002.  

The main objective of SAID and SAID+ has been to reduce the risk of road-related injuries by instilling the fundamental belief that all vehicle incidents are avoidable through a consistent annual training programme, monitoring of company vehicle incident frequency and community involvement initiatives. 

The campaign targets all employees within the company and raises awareness to improve staff safety regardless of whether they drive a company vehicle or not.  Since 2002 as a result of the campaign, Colas’ road incident frequency rate has dropped significantly. 



In recognition of Colas' performance in implementing excellence and good practice, the company was awarded 5-Star Recognised for Excellence (R4E) in October 2011. This is an award we have retained since.

R4E is a distinctive and prestigious accolade based on the EFQM Excellence Model - the most widely used management framework in Europe. The 5-Star award is testament to Colas' working methods and the dedication of its employees to continuous improvement.

Health and Safety

Colas has won multiple awards and commendations for its health and safety procedures; established over the years into a core company value. Stringent safety management processes, operational procedures, audit facilities, and an effective and efficient business in full compliance with set performance standards and BS18001 have cemented our awards success.

Safety has always been, and will always remain, a first priority for our organisation and we are fully committed to continually improving our safety systems to ensure that our business continues to attract recognition and merit from health and safety awards bodies. All of our safety procedures undergo constant reviews to ensure that best practice is sustained at all times.

Partnership Working

By creating and sustaining mutually beneficial partnerships with local councils and through joint ventures, Colas have received a number of awards. Driven by our presence in Portsmouth through the PFI, we engaged with local communities through various CSR projects and this has added real value to our organisation.

In recognition of our efforts we were awarded the South East England Engineering Excellence Awards 'Community Projects' prize. We also won the 'Highway Contract Partnership' prize at the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards for our partnership with Portsmouth City Council in the successful delivery of the PFI scheme.