Winner: AR Demolition – AR Demolition Health and Safety
Having been Highly Commended in 2014, AR Demolition’s health and safety went one better this year to take home the top prize.
Despite a number of innovative initiatives from all the finalists, it was AR’s proactive and passionate approach to its overall health and safety programme that ultimately won it the award.
AR particularly impressed with its commitment from the very top - MD Richard Dolman has been involved in a number of H&S presentations at the Institute of Demolition Engineers as well as local promotion within schools and colleges - a feat categorised as “rare” by the panel.
“Significant investments have been made to ensure the health and wellbeing of the workforce. Rarely is such commitment seen from the top”
The judges praised the “significant investments made to ensure the health and wellbeing of the workforce” as well as the “passion” displayed throughout its presentation.
AR’s dedicated and focused approach has also seen a significant increase in turnover to £15m in 2014.
One exemplar project the judges felt highlighted AR’s dedication was its nine-week contract on the iconic Belgrave Flyover, which was completed for Leicester City Council and Sainsbury’s and recorded no accidents or near-misses.
The project was a filmed procedure, an initiative praised by the judges.
Recording the process was deemed to be “far more productive than reading” about the work, while also illustrating AR’s safety techniques and its commitment to the well-being of employees and the general public.
Another highlight was its investment of £784,000 in plant and equipment, which resulted in Oil Quick Hitches, a new venture aimed at significantly boosting the company’s health and safety record and increasing demolition efficiency.
Looking to the future, the company will continue to employ filmed procedures, while a healthy eating programme implemented by Mr Dolman himself will be offered to the employees alongside an in-house trainer to “establish bespoke training courses”.
With recent spending of £184,000 on training and new company offices, as well as further investment in areas such as plant, equipment, new technology and BUPA healthcare, the company’s health, safety and training focus is well set to improve still further.
Highly Commended: Erith Contractors – 7 Steps to Safety
Erith Contractors impressed the judges with its implementation of a structured initiative - 7 Steps to Safety - that highlighted a “big improvement” over last year’s initiative.
With the judges all acknowledging “good lessons learnt”, 7 Steps to Safety was commended as “excellent” for its well-thought-out ideas, all linking back to the initiative in a clear and concise manner.
Erith’s programme focuses on a ‘safety 24/7’ policy that encourages teams to “talk today, not tomorrow”, prompting employees to speak up on their health issues.
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