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Health & Safety Excellence

 

Our eight finalists have all demonstrated outstanding commitment to excellence in health and safety, creating a better environment for their employees and the public.

Abbey Pynford Geo Structures Health and Safety Specialists 2016

Abbey Pynford Geo Structures Health and Safety Specialists 2016

Abbey Pynford Geo Structures

Working on basement construction and underpinning projects poses unique risks, which Abbey Pynford Geo Structures has helped to mitigate and reduce over the past 12 months.

The firm’s MD was awarded a RoSPA Guardian Angel Award and has been appointed to Build UK’s Health & Safety Group, as well as helping develop a 72-page site operative H&S guidelines handbook. Investment in health and safety training for labour-only subcontractors has gone from £2,500 in 2013 to £37,000 in 2015, demonstrating this firm’s commitment to H&S for all workers.

AR Demolition Health and Safety Specialists 2016

AR Demolition Health and Safety Specialists 2016

AR Demolition

AR Demolition has shown a continued focus on health and safety across more than 150 projects in the past 12 months.

The firm has invested in the Oil Quick system for its plant, allowing equipment to be changed quickly and efficiently from inside the cab, bringing with it numerous H&S benefits. In addition, an eight-week healthy eating programme has been offered to all staff, paid for by the company, to promote a healthier lifestyle.

Cantillon Health and Safety Specialists 2016

Cantillon Health and Safety Specialists 2016

Cantillon

Cantillon’s accident indicators are among the best in the industry, with only two reportable incidents in over 2.1 million worker-hours, across nine years.

It has invested more than £40,000 in staff training in the past 12 months totalling 84 external training days, with health and safety a prominent part of this.

The demolition specialist has also focused on occupational health, with all employees now given a bi-annual medical.

Cemex Health and Safety Specialists 2016

Cemex Health and Safety Specialists 2016

Cemex

Cemex’s ‘Step In’ campaign encourages employees to intervene in health and safety situations, encouraging a culture where employees look after themselves and each other.

The company stops production on the first working day of each year to reinforce this message alongside its ‘Safety Essentials’, with a new training programme developed to support the Step In initiative.

The firm improved its employee lost-time accident rate by 50 per cent over 2014, as well as an 83 per cent improvement in the contractor’s lost-time accident rate.

Mabey Health and Safety Specialists 2016

Mabey Health and Safety Specialists 2016

Mabey Hire

Mabey Hire’s ‘Safety Zone’ initiative has helped foster an improved safety culture at the firm, with employees not only proactively looking for potential hazards but also suggesting potential solutions.

In the past 12 months, hazard observations have increased from 41 to 580, across 17 sites, with lost-time accidents falling from 43 to 20 as well.

The company’s seven safety beliefs are promoted vigorously to all employees, with the board leading from the front.

Morrison Health and Safety Specialists 2016

Morrison Health and Safety Specialists 2016

Morrison Utility Services

Morrison Utility Services’ ‘Zero Harm’ policy ensures a total commitment to health and safety.

Its school safety programme is now in its fourth year, with the latest initiative focusing on the dangers of cycling too close to HGVs.

It is also developing a new barrier system to offer improved safety for pedestrians through greater visibility during the hours of darkness by having each barrier flash as a warning.

Novus Health and Safety Specialists 2016

Novus Health and Safety Specialists 2016

Novus Property Solutions

Novus Property Solutions has created its own competency standard and ensures its site managers go above and beyond HSE expectations.

The training programme to support its standard improves the site manager’s understanding of risk, and better enables them to apply controls to maximise worker safety.

The past year has seen just four ‘notifiable accidents’ during four million hours of site activity, compared with six in the previous year – all against the backdrop of a 15 per cent increase in site activity.

STIHL Health and Safety Specialists 2016

STIHL Health and Safety Specialists 2016

Stihl GB

Working with Skanska and the Cskills Awards, Stihl launched a collaboration in 2014 for the safer use of cut-off saws in the construction industry.

The organisations produced a comprehensive training programme, with companies including Skanska making it mandatory for any contractor to complete the Cskills Petrol Drive Cut-Off Saw training course before entering one of their sites.

Since launch, more than 80 trainers have taken the ‘train the trainer’ course, with more than 600 delegates sitting the course in total.

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