A COMPANY which a few months ago took disciplinary action against workers seen on videos performing dangerous stunts has won a national safety award.

Bailey, a division of Ilkley-based engineering and building services company N G Bailey, has been awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award for its commitment to Health and Safety management.

The award recognises Bailey's outstanding H&S practice, taking into account its systems, policies and excellent commitment to performance in the area.

Mark Andrews, chief executive at NG Bailey said: "This is a fantastic achievement for the company. We take our H&S policies extremely seriously and we are proud to have again achieved the Gold award."

RoSPA commends companies which continuously reduce the number of accidents and cases of ill-health at work, whilst also ensuring organisations have good health and safety management systems in place.

David Rawlins, RoSPA awards manager, says of Bailey's win: "Bailey has demonstrated how seriously it takes H&S management and is a fine example to other companies. We would like to see more organisations following their lead."

The company is based at Denton Hall, Denton, and took disciplinary action against workers involved in dangerous stunts in videos posted on the popular web site YouTube.

One of the videos shot on mobile phones featured N G Bailey construction workers identified by their high visibility jackets.

In it, one construction worker was shown setting fire to a hard hat on another man's head, and a man on a ladder had his feet doused in flammable liquid and set alight.

Another worker was tied up with ropes in bubble wrap before his boots were set on fire and he struggles to kick out the flames.

Next, a gang of three men beat another with planks of wood. Finally a man leapt from an extended hydraulic platform into a stack of cardboard boxes.

At the time Mr Andrews said: "These people have been described by some as harmless pranksters, but we regard such behaviour as totally unacceptable."