RVR Receives Safety Award (allAfrica.com)

Uganda-Kenya railway operator, RVR has scooped the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) international award for 2015, according to a company statement.

The prestigious award recognizes initiatives that have created physical or measureable improvements in the work environment, leading to better health and safety for employees and the public over the last five years.

Rift Valley Railways was recognized for improving safety of its employees at the workplace. For instance, the firm said it reduced the number of injuries in its central workshop from 37 in 2011 to two last year.

In a press statement issued August 26, Paul Kabaale, RVR’s general manager for Safety Health Risk Environment and Quality (SHREQ), said the award confirmed that as a company “we appreciate and value the importance of health and safety in our working environment which is the reason why we made it our number one operational priority and how we have been able to reduce the number of accidents by such a significant number.”

In 2012, RVR embarked on a major project aimed at overhauling its workshops in Kenya and Uganda and bring their working environments up to global best practice standards.

RVR Group chief executive officer Carlos Andrade stated: “We have worked endless hours to ensure the company meets the IOSH standards with the belief that the company has what it takes to achieve our vision of becoming the best transport and Logistics Company in Africa by the year 2020. This award is recognition that this dream is achievable and fast becoming a reality.”