Awards shortlist: Safety & Training

13 September 2018

Budget Demolition

Country USA

Attending the Miami 2016 World Demolition Summit was a turning point in Budget Demolition’s approach to safety. The company moved from having a safety programme to having a safety-first culture.

Key steps taken to shift the safety culture were: rebranding; operations; site meetings and inspections; annual safety training; a top down approach; local safety programmes; equipment maintenance and training videos.

Erith Contractors

Country United Kingdom

Safety Erith web index


Erith launched a new training division, Erith Training Services (ETS), aiming to improve both itself as a business and the industry in general. It offers more than 80 training courses to the wider industry and have seen the quality of training rise since ETS’s inception.

Ferma Corporation

Country USA

Safety Ferma web


Ferma is committed to a zero injury safety culture, with the core value being behavioural based safety as the foundation for its safety programme. This core value’s success is driven by the commitment and reinforcement instilled by Ferma’s owners and senior leaders to the employees. This commitment shapes the performance expectations and influences safety attitudes and behaviours of all Ferma employees.

O’Keefe Demolition

Country United Kingdom

The O’Keefe “What If” campaign was created in line with the board members’ safety vision and the company’s strategy for removing risk in its business. The campaign is based around proactively managing safety by removing hazards and the psychology of giving.

What If focuses on creating and embedding a hazard aware culture that empowers all members of O’Keefe to personally take ownership of safety.


Demolition & Recycling International wishes to thank all the awards judges for their time and effort analysing this year’s entries. Look out for a feature on them in the September-October issue of D&Ri

The World Demolition Awards are part of the World Demolition Summit, which is organised in cooperation with the European Demolition Association and with the support of the National Demolition Association of the USA. Headline sponsor is Volvo Construction Equipment.

The awards ceremony takes place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday 8 November. For more details please visit

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