Health and Safety

Health and Safety is our top priority

The health and safety of our staff, our customers and the public is the most important aspect of our daily operations. To ensure we achieve high standards, we have a rigorous series of measures in place.

Commitment to Training

All our site personnel are required to undertake continuous training. Our proactive regime of training, both in house and through external specialists is based on formal annual analysis of the training needs for each job function and everyone.

All our site managers hold the SMSTS qualification and our contracts managers are trained in the IOSH Managing Safely qualification. All members of site staff have achieved the minimum requirements under the CSCS certification, are trained in asbestos awareness and many are working towards varying levels of the NVQ qualification.

Three key members of staff have NEBOSH Construction Certificate and almost every member of site staff is a fully trained first aider and fire marshal.

man wearing protective personal equipment

H&S Management System

In 2017 we undertook a complete review of our safety management system to ensure it met the current needs of the business and our client’s requirements. This process involved designing and implementing our own Integrated Management System. This has seen vast improvements in the reporting, measurement and on-going improvement of safety performance. Our system is audited by DNV-GL and is regularly reviewed internally to ensure continuous improvements are made.

Continual Safety Auditing

In addition to the DNV-GL audit, we use the services of external consultants to regularly carry out safety audits on site.

Communication

To achieve success in health & safety management we ensure effective communication throughout the business. This communication comes in various forms including tool box talks, safety posters and campaigns, regular safety alerts, a quarterly health & safety newsletter and dedicated safety meetings. We even have a health & safety Facebook group which helps communicate important messages in a less formal way.

Health Surveillance

We focus on the ‘Health’ as well as the ‘Safety’ of all our employees. All our site workers have completed their initial health surveillance assessment as part of an ongoing monitoring process.

Mental Health Awareness

In 2018 we became a member of Mates In Mind, a charity which aims to raise awareness of and improve mental health in the construction industry. Many of our site staff work away from home which can often create additional pressures in life. As part of our involvements in this we carry out internal roadshows to raise awareness of the issue and to demonstrate our dedication to this issue. Two of our key members of staff are Mental Health First Aiders.

Our Health And Safety Manager was named the Individual Champion at the 2019 Mates In Mind Impact Awards and the company was shortlisted for the Small Business Award.

Awards

Each year we continue to win awards for our approach to Health & Safety and our overall performance as a contractor. These awards are not only a great reflection on our commitment to Health & Safety and quality but also the dedication of our workforce. More information regarding awards we have won can be found in the Awards section.

Reward and Recognition

To encourage a positive safety culture and a proactive ‘can do’ attitude we operate a Reward & Recognition scheme. Positive actions and behaviour, going above and beyond, helping a member of the public or suggesting innovative ideas are recognised via this voucher scheme.

Company Best Practice

To ensure a consistent high-quality approach across all activities, we have our own Company Best Practice Document.

Covid-19 Announcement

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23 March 2020, along with subsequent discussions with our clients, the decision has been made to temporarily close our construction sites. In the short term there will be teams going on-site for the essential work of making the sites safe and secure. Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the covid-19 outbreak. The safety, health and wellbeing of all our colleagues, our supply chain and their families is the top priority.