An engineering firm has won the highest possible honour at a prestigious health and safety awards ceremony.

Nuvia, an engineering, project management and services provider for industries including nuclear and science and research, was presented with the Sir George Earle Trophy, an annual prize which recognises the best entry in the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards.

It won the trophy after picking up RoSPA’s Engineering Services Sector Award for the fifth time.

Judges said they were particularly impressed by the company board’s commitment to and leadership in health and safety.

The judging panel also praised the organisation’s approach to innovation, and highlighted a strong focus on consultation and engagement with the workforce as being key to achieving positive outcomes.

It was also commended for its approach to succession planning, with investment in STEM ambassadors in schools, and opportunities provided for apprentices and new recruits to partake in personal and professional development.

Errol Taylor, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “RoSPA’s vision is of life, free from serious accidental injury, and we look to our award winners to help us achieve this goal, and to ensure their employees go home to their families, safe and well, at the end of each working day.

“ Nuvia is the embodiment of this vision, and an exemplary winner of the Sir George Earle Trophy.

“We were pleased to see that the company is actively sharing learning and knowledge outside of its own walls, spreading its health and safety expertise throughout its parent company and with SMEs.”

Nuvia will now be invited to join RoSPA’s National Occupational Safety and Health Committee.

The firm has offices at Westlakes Science and Technology Park, near Whitehaven and at the Sellafield nuclear complex.