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Construction News Awards finalists: Health & Safety Initiative

Shortlisted firms in the Health & Safety Initiative of the Year category has shown industry-leading commitments to safer construction.

Amey - ‘What Does it Take?’ Safety DVD

Amey invested £40,000 in producing its What Does it Take? safety DVD. The DVD has been an engaging way of communicating safety messages to staff, as well as changing behaviours on the ground.

More than 900 copies were issued to multiple agencies and businesses, including the Highways Agency and local authorities, with positive feedback. The firm’s AFR has fallen from 0.17 to 0.11 and near-miss reporting has increased.

Balfour Beatty - M4M5 Managed Motorways Visual Standards Training

On Balfour Beatty’s M4-M5 managed motorways project at the Almondsbury Interchange, the working area is particularly narrow.

A Plant Person Interface training programme was developed, with life-sized model people, real machinery, onsite footage and reconstructions of incidents used to show the risks of ignoring plant exclusion zones.

Minor injuries are now down 30 per cent with no major incidents reported in 2013.

Galliford Try - Challenging Beliefs, Affecting Behaviour

2013 was a record year in safety for Galliford Try, with the company’s AFR at 0.1, down from 0.16 last year.

This was prompted by Challenging Beliefs, Affecting Behaviour, an in-house programme to change behaviours within the organisation.

More than 700 coaches have been trained as part of the programme, from both Galliford Try staff and subcontractors, with safety awareness measurably higher as a result.

HETCo - A Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O’Rourke Joint Venture - Ask the Question

HETco was established by two industry leaders to complete the construction of Terminal 2A at Heathrow. The Ask the Question initiative saw communication sessions introduced.

Each session was led by a senior manager, with operatives giving feedback from the site and developing solutions.

More than 60 sessions were held each month, contributing to 5.5m consecutive RIDDOR-free man-hours and an AFR of 0.02.

J Murphy & Sons - Industry-leading Health & Safety Performance

J Murphy’s has invested more than 150,000 man-hours and £3.5m in its Never Harm Culture Development Programme, focusing on the conscious and subconscious processes which form attitudes and choices.

 Attendance is compulsory, with further training provided for volunteers to become leaders in health and safety. The approach contributed to a 27 per cent YoY fall in AFR from 0.11 to 0.08 in 2013.

Morrison Utility Services - Communicating Safety in the Classroom

Morrison Utility Services launched Make Time (or Do Time) for Safety in 2013.

The role play-based initiative encourages thinking around individual roles and highlights potential personal, professional and financial consequences of serious site incidents.

The firm has also worked with local schools to communicate safety messages to children through an animated film. In 2013, MUS achieved five years without a single RIDDOR.

Skanska Construction UK - Collaboration in Industry

Following an accident on site, Skanska conducted an investigation into injuries to operators of petrol cut-off saws.

After identifying a number of issues, the firm worked closely with plant manufacturer Stihl and the CITB to develop a new training package, creating a new industry best practice in the process.

Skanska used its position of influence to secure accreditation for the course and help roll it out to industry in 2014.

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