At a ceremony in London on Friday, Lead Appointed Person, Gareth McNary was presented with the Safety Award by the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA).

The award was presented to Gareth for his work on the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme, (MANTP) where he worked closely with Select Lifting to create an innovative lifting frame solution. The solution allowed the lifting of both double and treble core sections and eliminated the need for traditional configurations that are typical in the construction industry.

Following the successful completion and installation of lift shafts at Manchester Airport, Gareth used safety data to understand how the lifting frame had improved the team’s installation. From the analysis, the method was deemed safer, more agile than traditional methods, and to have provided a cost saving for the project.

Gareth said: “I am delighted to pick up the Safety Award at this year’s LEEA ceremony. The lifting frame solution brought huge benefits for the team at MANTP. It was an innovative idea that was brought to life through the collaboration of the Select lifting and Digital Engineering teams. I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved.”

Mark Herlihy, Select’s Operations Director, said: “This is great recognition for Gareth who has been a leading Appointed Person in the business for many years. In fact, this is just the latest of many lifting safety initiatives that Gareth has been instrumental in developing and rolling out over the years, working closely with the wider Select team.

"Gareth has always been passionate about lifting safety and works closely with all of the Laing O’Rourke specialist businesses to deliver safe and efficient lifting on his projects. He has also been a great support to the Select Training Academy in developing and rolling out enhanced lifting training for Crane Operators, Slingers, Supervisors and Appointed Persons.”

Gareth McNary was the Lead Appointed Person for the extensive crane programme on the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme. At its peak, the airport had six tower cranes as well as numerous mobile cranes working to construct the nine-storey car park, which involved the lifting of precast elements such as hollowcore beams as well as steel elements, and the complex installation of large M&E modules.

Gareth has worked previously as a Lead AP on iconic projects such as Leeds Trinity, Etihad Stadium and The Factory in Manchester.