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Health & Safety Excellence

Occupational health is high on many firms’ agenda in 2015, as well as a continued focus on excellence in safety.

A-one+_Health and Safety_CN Awards 2016

A-one+_Health and Safety_CN Awards 2016

A-one+ Integrated Highway Services

A-one+ holds regular health and safety forums, and in 2015 held operative-only forums to allow staff to speak freely without a manager present, greatly increasing the amount and quality of feedback gathered.

Last year it also developed the Safelane system to create safe working zones and provide early warning of stray vehicles in the work area, and worked with Post Pullers UK to create the automated Barrier Master, a piece of equipment that eliminates the risk to operatives of removing safety barriers.

Bruden Wood Health and Safety CN Awards 2016

Bruden Wood Health and Safety CN Awards 2016

Bryden Wood

Bryden Wood uses advanced construction techniques and offsite manufacturing to improve health and safety, using physical prototypes for learning and data gathering in a controlled environment.

The firm put this into action at the Temporary Flight Connection Centre for Heathrow Terminal 3. Working in partnership with Mace, Bryden Wood developed a solution comprising a hybrid of different offsite solutions that reduced the number of site personnel by 75 per cent, resulting in the project being delivered with zero RIDDORs or lost-time injuries.

Clugston Health and Safety CN Awards 2016

Clugston Health and Safety CN Awards 2016

Clugston Construction

In 2015, Clugston Construction continued its CN Award-winning ‘5-a-day’ health initiative and launched a new Designing for Health and Safety initiative.

With the changes in CDM Regulations, Clugston realised that it would be able to interrogate the design process more deeply and bring health and safety to the forefront of decision-making, developing a ‘Red, Amber, Green’ design register that is now embedded throughout the process.

It has also focused on occupational health to ensure this area is considered prominently within the business.

ISG Health and Safety CN Awards 2016

ISG Health and Safety CN Awards 2016


ISG became one of the first companies in the UK to adopt the use of PecoLifts rather than podiums and towers, a hydraulic lift that is safer both in terms of assembly and usage.

It also introduced helmets with a four-point chin strap that remain on the head in the event of a fall. To date it has seen two million worker-hours without a single reported accident or near-miss involving the wearing of this type of helmet with the chin strap fastened.

Lendlease Health and Safety CN Awards 2016

Lendlease Health and Safety CN Awards 2016


Lendlease changed the terminology around its near-miss classification, introducing a new ‘critical event’ class – events with the potential to cause disabling injuries or fatalities.

After one was recorded in January, initiatives were introduced to ensure the firm had no more critical events in 2015.

This was successful, and the contractor also reduced its RIDDOR frequency rate by 56 per cent and its LTI frequency rate by 37 per cent.

O'Donovan Waste Disposal_Health and Safety_CN Awards 2016

O’Donovan Waste Disposal_Health and Safety_CN Awards 2016

O’Donovan Waste Disposal

‘Safety 2015’ was O’Donovan Waste Disposal’s initiative to introduce safer standards in the waste sector.

The firm created a detailed health and safety handbook tailored for each individual in the business and made relevant to their role, and over 60 staff members undertook NVQ Level 2 and 3 training in waste management.

It was also heavily involved in the design, development and launch of five new lorry designs, in conjunction with leading manufacturers like Volvo and Mercedes, that improve driver visibility and road safety.

South West Water Delivery Alliance H5O Health and Safety CN Awards 2016

South West Water Delivery Alliance H5O Health and Safety CN Awards 2016

South West Water Delivery Alliance H5O in partnership with the WESC Foundation

H5O’s Sight Specific Training initiative has educated employees on how it feels to be a visually impaired person encountering street works, and what can be done to eliminate risk.

It worked with the WESC Foundation to develop a new set of training sessions, which were attended by more than 100 representatives from the organisations across H5O.

H5O has now been asked to run a similar exercise for Thames Water and the initiative is being used by other contractors on their contracts.

Arco is a family-owned business offering comprehensive health and safety services, and says it has the widest range of PPE in the UK.

The firm’s construction marketing manager says: “In such a hazardous sector, it is critical that everyone, from leadership through to workers on site understand the importance of safety and how to protect themselves. You only have to look at the profiles of this year’s Health & Safety Excellence award to see how companies are bringing about a positive change.

“Arco’s core purpose is to keep people safe at work and we are committed to delivering high-quality, safe and reliable products. We hope that by supporting the Construction News Awards, we can inspire individuals across the construction industry to take on new challenges that will ultimately make their workplace safer.”

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