Liverpool shopworker wins prestigious TUC Health and Safety Award

Date: 14 September 2012 Usdaw member and Liverpool shopworker Peter Ammundsen, has won the TUC's prestigious Health and Safety Rep of the Year award.

Peter, who is 57 and a night-shift worker at Tesco's in Allerton, received his award from Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and retiring TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber at the Trades Union Congress in Brighton this week.

Peter says he was left 'gob-smacked' when he was told he'd won the award but added:

"The award is great news for me and my fellow reps and also for the company, as it shows that working in partnership works. My colleagues are really made up for me. The award has further raised the profile of Usdaw in the store and encouraged a number of younger workers to join."

Peter scooped the award for his in-store work to promote good safety practice and making important changes to previous and proposed working practices.

"Members were pulling heavy cages, sometimes two at a time, which was dangerous and I also prevented an increase to the number of fruit and veg trays stacked on the shop-floor, as this could have caused serious injury if they had toppled over."

"Generally, I have worked with the management team to introduce best practice and keep on top of any emerging safety issues. It's really about problem-solving."

John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary, personally congratulated Peter and said:

"I'm delighted Peter has won this award. It is well deserved and great recognition for the really important work Peter and all Usdaw's Health & Safety reps do to keep their workplaces safe for workers and members of the public alike."

"In this of all weeks, I hope people will remember that health and safety laws and regulations are not 'burdens' or 'red tape', but vital to help prevent injuries and save lives, whether inside or outside the workplace."

Notes for Editors:

  1. The photograph shows Peter Ammundsen (right) receiving the congratulations of Usdaw General Secretary John Hannett (left) for his award.
  2. Usdaw (the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest and fastest growing trade union with over 420,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.

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