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Safety accreditation for Western Mechanical Handling UK Ltd

23 April 2020

Cornwall-based manufacturing company, Western Mechanical Handling UK Ltd (WMH), has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace. 

Alcumus SafeContractor is a third-party accreditation scheme which recognises rigorous standards in health and safety management among contractors. 

Employing 46 people, WMH is principally involved in the food and pharmaceutical sectors, specialising in the automation and streamlining of food and medical production lines. 

The company’s application for SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. It is hoped that gaining accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to win new contracts, and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal. 

Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus SafeContractor said: "Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place." 

"More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Western Mechanical Handling has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.” 

Commenting on the accreditation, Tom Tomlinson, director of WMH, said: “We are delighted to have been accredited as an ‘Alcumus safe Contractor’, this industry standard will give our customers greater confidence in WMH and provide assurance that our operating standards match their own.”

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