Standing ovation for safety campaigner as he picks up accolade
A STANDING ovation was given to a campaigner well-known for aiming to make workplaces safer.
Herbert "Nobby" Styles, who has organised the Workers' Memorial Day services in North East Lincolnshire for the past ten years, has received a prestigious award.
Nobby was applauded by more than 380 guests at a workplace safety conference held at Keele University, and he immediately dedicated it to those families in this area.
It was presented by the Hazards Campaign in recognition of his support for those who have lost loved ones in the workplace.
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Each year, services are held across the borough, with wreaths laid at memorials in Immingham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
He was presented with The Alan Trophy, named after the late safety campaigner Alan Dalton, by Alan's partner Eve Barker.
The citation said: "We have awarded The Alan to Nobby for his work in setting up Workers' Memorial Day events in Humberside, starting in 2003 and now organising three large annual, well-attended events at Cleethorpes, Immingham and Grimsby."
It added Nobby's recognition for supporting the families of workers killed at work in his area, and for his "total dedication" to, and standing up for, the welfare of workers and the community.
He was nominated by Craig Stephens, a senior site protection officer at Bluestar Fibres.
Later Nobby, who is a Unite union convenor and works at Bluestar Fibres, said: "I am highly delighted to have received the award.
"I was so proud to receive the accolade not just for myself but for all the families that have lost their loved ones at work.
"It is credit and a big thank you must go to every single person, from our mayors and dignitaries councillors MPs, MEPs, many companies, reverends and all the unions over the years locally, and from persons from many areas, who have helped, attended and laid wreaths to support these families."
He added his praise for the "fantastic media" providing coverage at memorial days.
"We must stop the accidents and deaths," he continued. "We have supported these proud families come rain or shine.
"They attended services to remember their loved ones, and their only wish was that it does not happen to others.
"We cover all workers and we showed these families that they will never be alone and that we care.
"It is a privilege to stand by each and every one of you in unity showing that our North East Lincolnshire community spirit is alive. This award is in recognition of that fact and our commitment for Workers' Memorial Day."