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Morrison Utility Services has been named as a finalist in the 2014 Utility Week Achievement Awards.

The company has been shortlisted in the coveted Community Initiative of the Year category in recognition of its acclaimed school safety programme. The nationwide initiative, launched in 2011, is designed to deliver important safety messages to a key, high-risk audience - primary school age children.

The focus of the latest campaign is cycle safety in and around utility construction works with specific safety messages around HGV vehicles and, in particular, grab lorries that deliver materials to and from site. The initiative’s previous campaigns have focused on the dangers of playing in and around utility construction sites and the importance of understanding road works signage.

MUS Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Director, Paul Kerridge, comments: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted in such a tough category as a service provider to the industry. This is an excellent achievement and recognises our best practice approach.

“Although the number of cyclists on the roads has undoubtedly increased over recent years, campaign groups quite rightly argue that the corresponding rise in the number of deaths and injuries has been disproportionately greater.

“Heavy goods vehicles present a particular danger for cyclists, particularly in London where around 20 per cent of cyclist fatalities that occur involve an HGV, often when the vehicle is turning left at a junction or is passing too close to the rider.

“Safety is our licence to operate and we place huge emphasis on ensuring the safety of both our own people and those who come into contact with our business in any way.

“Inevitably, children represent a high-risk group and this campaign, like its predecessors, aims to provoke young audiences into thinking about the potential dangers and how they can be avoided.”

The Utility Week Achievement Awards recognise service excellence and operational innovation across the UK utilities sector and regarded as a highlight in the industry’s calendar.

Entries are judged by independent panels of industry experts and the awards will take place on December 8th at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

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