In a year that further increased the focus on health and safety, these eight companies have all strived to raise standards both in their own markets and across the industry.
Specialists 2017 Health and Safety Abbey Pynford
Abbey Pynford Geo Structures
Abbey Pynford Geo Structures has pledged its commitment to safe working not just within the firm but across its whole specialist sector.
The firm has developed a suite of instructional videos bespoke to the health and safety concerns on its projects, and has instigated a new engagement programme with its supply chain to drive cultural change and encourage feedback on, and contributions to, its own H&S management. This investment in H&S training for labour-only subcontractors has increased from £2,500 in 2013 to £80,000 in 2016.
Specialists 2017 Health and Safety AFI
AFI made significant strides in health and safety during 2016, seeing its all-injury frequency rate fall year on year to its current level of 1.78 for every 100,000 hours worked.
Managers, operators and safety advisers work together on the development of risk assessments and work instructions, while a day-long behavioural training programme has been rolled out. AFI also recently introduced a HSEQ handbook that gives easy-to-reference and accurate information for employees.
Specialists 2017 Health and Safety Ainsworth Civils and Engineering
Ainsworth Civils & Engineering
Ainsworth Civils & Engineering has regularly shown exemplary health and safety practice on a range of jobs across the UK.
Work at Dungeness Power Station, for example, saw Ainsworth’s health and safety directive extended beyond its usual remit to include radioactive protection for all staff and plant personnel. And in Oxfordshire, a scheme to provide additional capacity on a roundabout at the A34 Milton Interchange saw the team provide an accelerated service on a tight programme with no accidents.
Specialists 2017 Health and Safety AR Demolition
Last year AR Demolition made two of its biggest investments to date in health and safety.
It appointed a new head of health and safety, Michael Henderson, who is launching a new ‘Safe for All’ initiative, which will be incorporated into all AR operations and branding.
The firm invested heavily in new plant apprentices and H&S training for them, as well as launching an apprentice day to promote the industry to potential new employees. AR has also started to use drones for training purposes, and has spent more than £3m on new plant and equipment.
Specialists 2017 Health and Safety Bachy Soletanche
Bachy Soletanche’s targets are measured on a daily basis and reviewed in monthly and weekly meetings, supplemented with behavioural safety management tours.
In 2016, the firm ran a campaign called The Five Killers, covering areas over a number of months: falls from height; moving equipment; falling objects; operating modified equipment; and working platform.
It also further developed an app for H&S reporting, rolling it out across industry JVs and beyond.
Specialists 2017 Health and Safety John F Hunt Demolition
John F Hunt Demolition
John F Hunt Demolition had zero RIDDORs in 2016 and has implemented behavioural safety workshops that are carried out across all sites.
The firm instigated change through the ongoing training of senior management, as well as continuing to train site-based project managers in face-fit testing to ensure all operatives are suitably trained to mitigate the effects of dust.
All of this came as the company doubled its turnover in 2016, maintaining standards despite rapid growth.
Specialists 2017 Health and Safety Kayleigh
Kayleigh Plant Hire
Kayleigh Plant Hire’s managing director Michael O’Donovan prioritised investment in its people, facilities and equipment last year to focus on attaining the highest standards of health and safety.
The company invested £2.5m in a new fleet of excavators to offer the best safety standards for its operatives, and established health and safety champions within the company to help engage the workforce.
CPC training was also made available in a multi-lingual format to ensure that the company’s operatives, many of whom speak English as a second language, could be fully trained and safe.
Specialists 2017_Health and Safety_Prater
Prater introduced several in-house initiatives in 2016 to keep continually reviewing and improving practices. The company has made tool tethering compulsory on site, as well as an upgraded range of gloves.
Processes were reviewed and a new matrix introduced to ensure each team member has received up-to-date training. The firm also launched a ’Boots On Before Booting Up’ initiative – where a site manager’s first job of each day is to walk the site – has helped to identify issues and ensure teams are correctly equipped for the day ahead.