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Building firm wins safety accolade.

A RUTHIN-based building firm two years ahead of schedule in attaining new health and safety standards is being praised by safety experts.

James Carroll Ltd is one of the best performers in North Wales in making its construction sites safer places to work.

Contractors are now obliged to prove their competence and the company is in the Constructions Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and the Constructions Plant Certification Scheme.

Gareth Syme, who organises Carrolls' training programmes, said the firm's commitment to training meant it was eligible to carry out high risk work such as working at height as well as with heavy machinery.

"There is a government target that everyone who works on a building site should hold a CSCS or CPCS certificate by 2010 and we are ahead of schedule on that because we will do so by next year," he said.

"We ensure that everyone who works for us is sent on relevant courses to attain the qualifications they need."

Contracts managers Mr Syme and Scott Bennett and site agent Trevor Langford have all gained Site Managers Safety Training Scheme Certificates.

Safety expert Peter Ashton, of Paragon Consulting, said: "It is unusual to find a company so committed to health and safety. Many play at it but James Carroll takes it seriously as part of its development plan.

"Many important contracts these days are dependent not just on price but also on the quality of the tender which involves safety and here Carrolls is setting an example."

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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 8, 2007
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