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Galway and Dublin teams scoop the honours at the 43rd All Ireland Safety Quiz Final 

At the All Ireland Safety Quiz Finals held in Athlone on Saturday 16 April 2016, Thermo King – Ingersoll Rand, Galway and M + W Group, Dublin, were the overall winners in the Previous Entrants and Novice Categories respectively.

The All Ireland Occupational Safety Quiz Finals are run jointly by the National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO) and the Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISG). A total of 14 teams competed from all parts of the island of Ireland.

There was a great turnout at the event, held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Athlone, with great support for the participating teams from their coworkers.

In the Previous Entrants final, it was Thermo King – Ingersoll Rand with 119 points [out of a maximum of 128 marks] who topped the category, ahead of runners-up, SSE Generation Ireland Limited, Waterford who finished with 112 points. SSE Generation Ireland were the 2nd runners up in the 2015 finals. Longford team Abbott Diagnostic Division were the second runners-up in this category. The other five teams in this category performed strongly.

The results in the Novice Category finals were very close with M + W Group beating BioMarin International Ltd., Cork, by 3 points. Sligo-based AbbVie Ireland NL, Ballytivnan achieved third place with a score of 65 points. The other three teams in this category also performed strongly.

Martin O’Halloran, chief executive, Health and Safety Authority (HSA), presented the prizes at a special prize-giving dinner that evening and congratulated all participating teams. Mr O’Halloran acknowledged the time and commitment each team and participating organisation gave to the quiz and their contribution to creating health and safety awareness in their workplace.

National Irish Safety Organisation vice president Michael O’Neill welcomed NISO’s new president, Harry Galvin, who commended all the quiz teams, noting that each and every participant should be proud of their efforts to improve occupational health and safety. Mr Galvin also thanked the participating organisations’ managers for the support and encouragement shown to their teams.

Outgoing president, Pauric Corrigan, received a standing ovation for his service to NISO and health and safety over the eight years of his presidency.

Northern Ireland Safety Group Chairperson, Mandy Nelson, congratulated the participants and commended all the work put in by the teams for the All Ireland Safety Quiz finals.

 Previous Entrants Category Winners

1st Place: Thermo King (Ingersoll Rand) (representing the West Region*)

2nd Place: SSE Generation Ireland Limited (representing the South East Region*)

3rd Place: Abbott Ireland Diagnostics Division Longford (representing the Midland Region*)

Novice Category Winners

1st Place: M + W Group (representing the East Region*)

2nd Place: BioMarin International Ltd. (representing the South Region*)

3rd Place: AbbVie Ireland NL Ballytivnan (representing the North West Region*)

Other participating teams were [in alphabetical order]:

Abbott Cootehill (representing the North East Region*)
Novice Entrant Category

Abbott Cootehill (Representing the North East Region*)
Previous Entrant Category

AbbVie Ireland NL Ballytivnan (representing the North West Region*)
Previous Entrant Category

Actavo Network & In-House Division (representing Northern Ireland*)
Novice Category

Actavo Network & In-House Division (representing the East Region*)
Previous Entrant Category

BioMarin International Ltd. (representing the South Region*)
Previous Entrant Category

Medtronic (representing the West Region*)
Novice Category

Ulster Carpets Ltd. (representing Northern Ireland*)
Previous Entrant Category

* Northern Ireland (Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Derry); East (Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow); Midlands (Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath); Mid West (Limerick, Clare, Tipperary North); North East (Cavan, Louth, Meath, Monaghan); North West (Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo); South (Cork, Kerry); South East (Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary South, Waterford, Wexford); West (Galway, Mayo, Roscommon)