Health & Safety

The health and safety of our people is the core value of our business – we are committed to making sure all our people return home safe after a day’s work. Working with industry-leading businesses from Thames Water to Crossrail, we have demonstrated our ability to meet the industry’s most stringent health and safety standards, and built long-standing relationships based on these shared goals.

Here’s how we’re setting out to achieve our principal objective of ‘target zero’ incidents and harm in our business:

Industry-leading standards

  • We maintain an occupational health and safety management system that is assessed and registered in accordance with BS OHSAS 18001:2007
  • We also maintain SSIP accreditation (SafeContractor / CHAS / Exor) as well as UVDB ‘Verify’ (Category B2)

Employee training and review

  • Our externally-recognised behavioural safety programme along with regular work shops and safety alerts ensures that safety is always front of mind with our team.
  • We identify training needs against our competency matrix and set minimum training standards for operatives (EUSR SHEA), supervisors (SSSTS), and operational managers (SMSTS or IOSH Managing Safely)
  • We ensure our supervisors are equipped with the necessary leadership skills to run safe sites, and all staff complete our Cultural Behavioural Safety programme and Crossrail’s Frontline Leadership programmes
  • We regularly review our supervisors and senior managers, as well as bringing in external safety consultants to make recommendations
  • As part of our commitment to continual improvement, our Directors hold quarterly health and safety review meetings, using data from around the business to assess and make recommendations on occupational health, safety and welfare issues

Employee engagement and support

  • We engage with our people and encourage involvement through an active employee safety committee, local project health and safety meetings, and daily task briefings as part of our commitment to effective co-operation and co-ordination. A recent safety innovation relating to cycling was recognised at the Thames Water annual safety awards
  • We are active members of a number of safety organisations that share safety improvement ideas with our fellow contractors and clients including Thames Water, South East Water, Thames Tideway Tunnel, National Grid Gas and Affinity Water.
  • All our staff have access to our occupational health programme

 

Our ‘take 10 at 10’ initiative is just one example of how we’ve been engaging staff and keeping health and safety front of mind. It encouraged staff to make it part of their daily routine and was promoted using a series of onsite posters.