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Demolition contractor Cantillon wins Health and Safety Excellence award

This demolition contractor credits its commercial success over the past four decades on placing health and safety at the core of all its operations.

All members of staff are expected to show a high commitment to safety and since 2006, Cantillon has had zero reportable accidents (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) or dangerous occurrences.

Strong leadership achieves results

The firm has achieved 1,336,865 working hours without a RIDDOR accident and has an integrated management system which puts into practice the highest standards for occupational health and safety (OHSAS 18001), quality management (ISO 9001) and environmental management (ISO 14001).

The judges were particularly pleased with managing director Michael Cantillon’s strong leadership on health and safety within the company, saying he demonstrated a “hands-on, onsite presence” and top-down approach to safety.

Employees encouraged to contribute to health and safety policy

As well as comprehensive training and mentoring, Cantillon employees are encouraged to make personal contributions to the company’s progressive health and safety policy.

“Demolition and safety hand in hand”

Cantillon company motto

One example is in the way Cantillon staff have been involved with selecting personal protective equipment which was both practical and comfortable.

Plant operators are currently engaged with selecting a glove which is suitable to wear while servicing their machines.

The company motto, “demolition and safety hand in hand” was also developed by staff, so they identify wholly with it.

Confidential and complementary medical assessments

Each employee receives a confidential and free-of-charge biennial wellbeing medical assessment to compliment any statutory work requirements.

This has led to several employees becoming aware of medical conditions that were previously unknown to them and was another reason the judges felt Cantillon deserved to win the award.

Highly commended: Concrete Repairs

Concrete Repairs’ “no compromise” safety policy empowers employees to stop working if they feel health and safety is below an acceptable level.

The company exceeds its regulatory obligations for health and safety and is active in offering low-risk concrete repair solutions.

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