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Specialists Awards finalists: Health & Safety Excellence

Which specialists are flying the flag for health and safety in construction?

AR Demolition

AR Demolition managing director Richard Dolman is the chairman of the National Demolition Training Group’s Council of Management and regularly shares best practice within the sector.

The high-profile King’s Cross project was completed without a single incident, with medicals and BUPA healthcare coverage provided for all employees and their families.


Cantillon has had no reportable accidents or incidents over seven years of work, equating to 1.5 million man-hours.

The company has also made health and safety a crucial priority for its employees.

All staff have the option of receiving biennial health screenings and undergo a comprehensive training programme in a variety of disciplines.


Cemex is fostering a culture of ‘interdependence’ where employees will look out for each others.

The company invested in a series of 18 health and safety days attended by 1,800 employees, with representatives from customers, competitors, suppliers and the HSE providing feedback.

Every manager and supervisor has undertaken training in H&S leadership, showing a company-wide approach.

Eurovia Group

Each month in 2013, Eurovia promoted a different health-related topic. In May (National Walking Month), a Steps to Health competition was launched.

All employees received pedometers to monitor steps taken, with 625 employees walking more than 78,000 miles. The year also saw the firm’s 100th two-day internal Managing Safety course completed - more than 2,700 delegates have attended in total.

Lanes Group

What Good Looks Like was implemented by Lanes Group in 2013 and features dozens of high- quality cartoon-style illustrations of work scenarios.

The challenges depicted encourage engineers to think clearly about how to act in any given situation, with icons augmenting the main image to remind staff of crucial health and safety and operational processes.

Morrison Utility Services

Morrison Utility Services focused on evolving its school safety programme last year, using animations to raise awareness of the dangers of sites among school children.

The Make Time (or Do Time) for Safety initiative was also launched, a role play-based initiative aimed at demonstrating the potential legal consequences of health and safety neglect.


Nomenca launched Behavioural Interventions in 2012, where staff undergo a four-stage questionnaire with dedicated safety coaches.

Beliefs, compliance with rules, speaking up and mindfulness are discussed, with four behaviours under each that employees should display.

Minor incidents have fallen and the company has had no RIDDORs in 3.6 million man-hours worked.

Readers' comments (1)

  • I think it's great that you award companies who value safety. There are so many construction companies who choose to cut corners in this area, but the fact is that safety is an investment. Why waste your money by using equipment that won't work?
    Thanks for sharing!

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