The 2021 Sir Moir Lockhead Safety Award has been awarded to Eur ing Prof. David Cooper.

A former president of Eastbourne’s Chamber and widely acknowledged as a worldwide leading safety expert for vertical transportation of goods and people, Dave Cooper was presented with the award in recognition of delivering tangible improvements in safety.

Mr. Cooper has dedicated in excess of 30 years of his 40-year engineering career to improving the safety of lift and escalator passengers and engineers.  His research, analysis and recommendations have had far reaching impacts and resulted in the implemented of new safety measures around the world.

Chief Executive Bruce McGill of the Society of Operations Engineers, the awarding body, said: “Safety, quality and engineering excellence are by-words for what Dave Cooper represents. The impact of Dave’s work – in his lifelong quest to have zero fatalities (for passengers and engineers) within the lift and escalator sector – is phenomenal. He is a very deserving recipient of the Award.”

Dave Cooper said: “ I am delighted to accept the Award. Thank you to the Society and Sir Moir for recognising me in this manner. Lifts and escalators are part of all our daily lives so it is imperative that the pursuit of safety excellence is continued.” 

David’s research into ‘falls over the sides of escalators by minors’ prompted a hugely important change to the European standard, EN115. As a result of his recommendations, all escalator installations have new designs of guards installed – He also conducted detailed research into incidents, injuries and deaths caused by shopping trolleys and luggage carts on escalators. This also resulted in a significant update to European Standards, EN115. Over the years both of these research projects have saved many lives. Dave is managing director of LECS (UK), leading independent consultants in lifts escalators and cable cars, that has its head office in Eastbourne. He has co-authored some of the sectors leading books on safety and is a board member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineering. .