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April 28, 2011

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Transport titan in triple-honour triumph

Sir Moir Lockhead, former chief executive of Aberdeen-based FirstGroup, has received special awards from three of the world’s leading safety bodies in recognition of his contribution to safety.

Sir Moir received an honorary fellowship from IOSH, a President’s Commendation from the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), and an award from the British Safety Council in recognition of Sir Moir’s “leadership and success in improving safety in the passenger transport industry”.

The awards were presented at First’s internal Safety and Environment Awards on 19 April. Dedicating the accolades to his former colleagues at First across the UK and North America, Sir Moir said: “Receiving these awards is a real highlight of my career. During my 21 years at the helm of our company, we made sure that the safety of our people and our customers took precedence over all else.  

“Injury Prevention at FirstGroup put simply means, ‘if you cannot do it safely, don’t do it’ and this demonstrates our relentless approach to safety. Thanks to the efforts of everyone involved, safety is now a way of life within the company.”

IOSH president Steve Granger said: “Our Honorary Fellowships are only given to those who have made absolutely crucial contributions to the world of health and safety – they exemplify the IOSH vision and we feel it’s hugely important that they become a part of the Institution.  

“Sir Moir’s tireless work to improve the safety of both staff and customers has not only provided a sustainable way of working for the future for FirstGroup but it is also a best-practice template for our members and the rail industry as a whole. For that, we believed he was due our highest form of recognition.”

Brian Nimick, chief executive of IIRSM, added: “IIRSM places great importance on leadership in health and safety. This leadership has to be both visible and felt, and Sir Moir’s leadership within FirstGroup sets an exemplar that others should aspire to.”

Julie Nerney, chief executive of the British Safety Council, agreed, saying: “We need more leaders like Sir Moir in businesses of all sizes across all sectors. The British Safety Council is proud to honour Sir Moir for his inspirational leadership.”  

Tim O’Toole, who succeeded Sir Moir as chief executive of FirstGroup, said: “Sir Moir is a colossus in the transport industry. One of the most impressive legacies he leaves behind is First’s approach to safety. Moir’s overwhelming determination and steadfast resolve helped shake up the safety culture not just in First, but throughout the entire transport industry. I can think of no-one more deserving than Sir Moir to receive such a remarkable hat-trick of tributes.”

To read SHP’s 2010 feature article on safety at First Group, click here.

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