The safety and welfare of employees is a critical area of focus – and these eight finalists are leading the way.
Specialists Awards 2018 Health Safety Wellbeing City Building Engineering Services
City Building Engineering Services
CBES looks to give staff the confidence and authority to identify health and safety hazards. Its efforts to drive standards are reflected in a recent staff survey, with 99 per cent of its workforce saying they felt safe at work and 97 per cent believing colleague safety was a priority for the business.
The company implemented two initiatives last year to increase workforce engagement in this area. Firstly, safety observation tours are conducted by different site operatives three times a week where concerns can be raised and addressed by site teams. Secondly, colleague forums have been set up for best practice to be shared throughout the business.
Specialists Awards 2018 Health Safety Wellbeing Erith Contractors
Since 2015, Erith Contractors has invested £1m in bringing health and safety management and training provisions in-house to better control best practice. This has enabled Erith to carry out 90 per cent of its own training, while 2017 also saw it secure a new Road Traffic Safety accreditation.
The group is focusing on improving health and safety across seven key areas by implementing a new campaign. These areas include health and wellbeing, collaboration, quality assurance and continuous improvement.
Specialists Awards 2018 Health Safety Wellbeing GKR Scaffolding
Its previous work on some of the most high-risk projects in London such as the Shard has led GKR Scaffolding to push forward its health and safety processes.
Measures include holding supervisor workshops twice a month, which are chaired by the group’s head of health and safety. Accidents, incidents and near misses are analysed and corrective measures are discussed and implemented to prevent recurrences.
This rigorous approach to health and safety has been recognised by Kier, which recently started using GKR Scaffolding standards as a benchmark to improve performance throughout its supply chain.
Specialists Awards 2018 Health Safety Wellbeing Hughes and Salvidge
Hughes and Salvidge
Hughes and Salvidge cites its approach to health and safety as a key reason why it has been the only demolition contractor with a permanent presence at Heathrow Airport for 20 years.
Last year, the company continued its Green Hands Initiative that aims to improve the occupational health and wellbeing of its employees.
It also introduced its One Step Beyond programme, an initiative that involves sharing and celebrating good working practices across the business to improve health and safety standards.
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Specialists Awards 2018 Health Safety Wellbeing SES Engineering Services
SES Engineering Services
Key to SES Engineering Service’s health and safety efforts is its We’re Safer Together – Zero Harm campaign, which was launched in 2016.
Since the launch, the company says the campaign has provided tangible safety benefits, with measures implemented to design out risk and plan projects in a way that eliminates the threat of harm on sites entirely.
Its approach has been put into practice on the £1.35bn Queensferry Crossing project in Scotland, on which no lost time accidents occurred despite the team working in challenging engineering conditions.
Specialists Awards 2018 Health Safety Wellbeing SRW Engineering Services
SRW Engineering Services
SRW’s health and safety record is underpinned by the development of a UK-wide M&E awareness training for all SRW employees following an electrical engineering near-miss on a London Skanska project.
The group investigated the incident and rolled out the training programme that covers key duty-holders’ roles and responsibilities, permit processes compliance, and wider incident case study examples.
In 2017, the group also introduced wellbeing resilience training for all SRW employees and 40 people volunteered to become mental health ambassadors.
Specialists Awards 2018 Health Safety Wellbeing Taziker
Over the past year, Taziker Industrial has analysed extensive datasets to identify trends in incidents that have occurred and understand how to improve workforce safety.
By setting up a digital platform for all workers to anonymously report unsafe conditions and near misses on site, workers have driven change throughout the whole business and a culture shift towards health and safety.
Most notably, the last lost-time Injury the group reported was two years ago in January 2016.
Specialists Awards 2018 Health Safety Wellbeing Trad Scaffolding
Trad Southern has shown not only commitment to he health, safety and wellbeing of its workforce but to improving standards across the scaffolding sector.
The company’s Play it Safe behavioural programme has introduced new innovations and improvements. For example, one employee recommended a shorter lanyard, a change that was trialled and then actioned following a positive response.
For clients who require tube and fitting, all long-length tube of 6.4 m is cut down to 5 m sections to reduce manual handling risks.