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Nottingham Resident Gets GMB Congress Awards

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Nottingham Resident Gets GMB Health & Safety Award At GMB Congress In Bournemouth 

Ian has shown great commitment and understands that GMB Safety Representatives continue to play a vital role for GMB members says GMB.

Nottingham resident Ian Dobbins received the GMB Daniel Dennis health & safety award at GMB Congress in Bournemouth today (Sunday 5th June, 2016) for his tireless work tackling a wide variety of hazards and issues including asbestos management, inadequate ventilation and pregnancy related issues.

In his first 18 months as a GMB Health & Safety representative, Ian has conducted inspections at schools, cemeteries, city depots and English heritage sites and organised health & safety training days for his GMB Branch.

Each year GMB Congress makes Health & Safety Awards in memory of a 17 year old South Wales worker Daniel Dennis who was killed in his first week at work in 2003. Daniel was the son of a GMB member and the award is to underline that Health and Safety is not “red tape” but a matter of “life and limb”.

Ian Dobbins received the runner up Daniel Dennis award from Mary Turner, GMB National President, on Sunday 5th June along with other GMB award winners.

The 99th GMB Congress, comprising of 500 elected lay members and 300 visitors and guests, started today (Sunday 5th June) and runs until Thursday 9th June at Bournemouth’s International Centre. GMB Congress delegates were elected from the GMB membership to represent over 630,000 members from every part of the UK and Ireland and every sector of the economy.  Congress is the supreme policy making body in GMB.

Andy Worth, GMB Midland and East Coast Regional Secretary, said: "Ian has been instrumental in improving health, safety and welfare provision within Nottingham City Council. He has shown great commitment and understands that Safety Representatives continue to play a vital role for GMB members.”

Craig Stuart, Regional Education & Health and Safety Officer, said: “Since completing his GMB representative training back in early 2015, Ian has dedicated himself to tackling health and safety issues and encouraging others to ignore the government rhetoric that dismisses the importance of making workplaces safer for all.”


Contact:  Andy Worth on 07764 227277 or Dan Shears on 07918 767781 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691. Photographs are available from Andrew Wiard Photographer on 07973 219201 or



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