Blackburn-based Neales Waste Management (NWM) has attained SAFEcontractor accreditation with its own accident rate 63% less than the industry average and falling.
NWM managing director Richard Matthewman said: We firmly believe good health and safety is an integral part of an efficient business.
The accreditation gives formal recognition to the work we have been doing to raise and maintain standards to the highest level in what is traditionally a dangerous industry.
National Britannia Group examines health and safety procedures and tracks records in safe practice before making the award.
Its managing director of information services James Ostler said: Major organisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are unable to prove they have sound health and safety policies.
More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way Neales has done. The firms high standard has set an example, which other companies in the sector need to follow.