AFI’s SanctuaryZone wins health and safety award

By Sarah Ann McCay30 October 2013

AFI health & safety manager Brian Parker (centre) with the award for innovation. Also pictured l

AFI health & safety manager Brian Parker (centre) with the award for innovation. Also pictured l

UK powered access provider AFI has won the Innovation of the Year Award in the SHP IOSH Awards for its SanctuaryZone anti-entrapment device.

The SanctuaryZone unit is a steel frame that projects above the MEWP platform, stopping any overhead obstruction from crushing the operator.

SanctuaryZone was the first anti-entrapment device to be developed offering a physical barrier between an operator and an overhead obstruction and it is the only Tier 1 system that will fit most manufacturers’ machines, explains the company.

AFI director David McNicholas said, “We are delighted to have won this significant industry award. It’s a great achievement and reflects our continuing commitment to maintaining the highest standards of health, safety, quality and innovation. I would like to thank everyone involved in the design and development of this innovative device.”

Organised by Safety and Health Practitioner (SHP), in partnership with Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the awards acknowledge those who have made significant efforts to promote good health and safety practice. Awards categories cover industry-specific achievements, and individual and activity-related endeavours.

The winners of the SHP IOSH awards were announced at a ceremony held on 24 October at the London Hilton hotel.

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