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LSBUD ANNUAL AWARDS ‘THE LARRIES’

Here at LSBUD everything we do, we do solely to reduce injuries, deaths and damages caused by asset strikes.  But it is not just ourselves who strive towards this.  We speak with companies and individuals from across the whole industry on a daily basis who also work extremely hard towards this goal and we would like to start recognising this.

With this in mind we were excited to be able to introduce our first ever LSBUD Safe Digging Awards in 2023.  There were four categories and the winners were announced at our National Damage Prevention Day event on the 22nd June 2023.  The nominees could have been an individual person or a company as a whole and could be nominated for multiple categories.

We are pleased to confirm we will be continuing the Awards for 2024 and once again the winners will be announced at our National Damage Prevention Day on June 26th 2024, you can find out more details about the day here.  This year there will be 5 categories and the details of these are given below.

If you have a company or a person in mind then the nomination process couldn’t be easier, simply complete the form below, paying particular attention to the criteria detailed in each category to ensure we have all the required detail in your submission.  For multiple nominations please do ensure a form is submitted for each one, we cannot accept multiple nominations on one form.

The deadline for submitting your nominations will be 12th May 2024.

Award Categories 

BEST PLANNING PROCESS

Previously titled ‘Best Enquiry Process’ this category is designed to recognise the individual or company that has developed the best processes for obtaining, collating, reviewing and utilising their safe digging plans post LSBUD enquiry. Entrants should use no more than 500 words to explain why their enquiry processes work so well to keep their people and the assets they work around safe. Please remember when submitting your nomination to give as much detail and context to your submission as possible, paying attention to the criteria in which the category will be marked against which are; Impact to safe digging on both internal and external stakeholders, metrics of success, management information and strength & quality of the submission.

BEST SAFE WORKING CAMPAIGN

This category will reward the best campaign by a company or organisation to promote safe working practices around above or below ground assets. Entrants should use no more than 500 words to explain how their campaign has successfully enabled them to reach and inform those people who are at risk from injury when working near utility assets. Please remember when submitting your nomination to give as much detail and context to your submission as possible, paying attention to the criteria in which the category will be marked against which are; Impact to safe digging on both internal and external stakeholders, metrics of success, management information, senior leadership buy in (where applicable( and strength & quality of the submission.

BEST DAMAGE REPORTING PROCESS

A new category for 2024 which is designed to reward the organisation that has shown the most commitment to recording damages and near misses over a measured period of time. Please provide evidence of your damage reduction activities and explain how you achieved this. Please remember when submitting your nomination to give as much detail and context to your submission as possible, paying attention to the criteria in which the category will be marked against which are; reporting, management information, senior leadership buy in, company wide engagement, cultural behaviour towards damage reporting and strength & quality of the submission.

SAFE DIGGING HERO

Please use this category to nominate your safe digging hero. This may be a colleague, peer or someone within the industry that you feel should be recognised for their commitment to safe digging within the industry. Someone who goes above and beyond to ensure works are carried out safely, or an individual who has reacted especially well to an incident or near miss, using it as a learning experience to improve their own, or others, working practices. Entries should be 500 words or fewer. Please remember when submitting your nomination to give as much detail and context to your submission as possible, paying attention to the criteria in which the category will be marked against which are; Impact to safe digging on both internal and external stakeholders, going beyond what is required and strength & quality of the submission.

BEST SAFE DIGGING INFLUENCER

With social media playing a huge role in today’s world, we will be introducing this category for 2024. The Best Safe Digging Influencer award can be achieved by an individual or company that advocates safe digging online (social media or website or any other related media). Please provide evidence of a social media or online campaign that has been successful in reaching a large audience or that has caused influence within the safe digging community in any way. Screenshots of analytics along with clear evidence of your work is to be submitted along with a minimum of 150 words as to why you believe it has been successful. Please remember when submitting your nomination to give as much detail and context to your submission as possible, paying attention to the criteria in which the category will be marked against which are; metrics of success (as previously mentioned) company and/or industry wide engagement and strength & quality of the submission.

JUST FOR FUN - BEST LARRY PHOTO

For a bit of fun this year we will also be awarding a prize to to the best picture of Linesearch Larry out and about on his travels. This award will be judged by the attendees of Damage Prevention Day 2024 on the day itself. Please keep an eye out on our socials for more details but in the meantime, there is no need to complete the form you can simply you can send your Larry photos to us here!

Qualifying pictures will also be included automatically in the 2024 Larry Calendar Competition, full details of this competition are available here.

Nomination Form

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2023 Winners

Best Enquiry Process

Telent Technology Services Ltd’s process is described as a robust and tight process that covers all bases when working near hazardous pipelines. Their processes engage asset owners and suppliers, ensuring that anyone working near a pipeline is appropriately safeguarded, ensuring that workers and assets alike are kept safe.

Chris Duff (pictured) collected the award on behalf of Bill Stevenson and Telent.

Best Safe Working Campaign

The USP Competency Framework has reversed a tendency to blame the operative by focusing on the background and root causes of service strikes. Assembling a fantastically strong support network from decision makers to excavators the USP Competency Framework has already provided case study training to more than 500 participants.

Dave McPherson CMIOSH collected the award on behalf of USP Competency Framework.

Best Escalation Process

Recently National Grid Electricity Transmission and National Grid Gas Transmission have separated to become “National Grid Electricity Transmission” and “National Gas Transmission” but were previously operating very closely in Asset Protection.

This award was given due to the successfully developed, and robust web service that facilitates seamless LSBUD search data exchange. The data specifically targets activities that are classified as high risk, posing potential threats to critical infrastructure and human lives. Through the implementation of these services, National Grid Electricity & National Gas and LSBUD have established a structured framework that enables the efficient transmission of crucial information.

This allows for prompt notifications to be conveyed to National Grid Electricity and National Gas, ensuring their awareness of high-risk searches in a timely manner. By doing so, we strive to mitigate potential risks, safeguard valuable assets, and prioritize the safety and well-being of individuals involved.

Andrew Lyons collected the award on behalf of National Grid Electricity and an award will also been sent to National Gas.

Safe Digging Hero

Amy Eaton is described by her admiring colleagues as the ‘guardian of Telent’s hot job process. Having worked in a variety of roles with Telent Technology Services Ltd‘s Hazardous Pipeline team. Amy has accumulated exceptional knowledge and experience and uses this to liaise with asset owners and brief her colleagues, ensuring that safety is the first consideration in all decisions made.