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Health & Safety Initiative of the Year

The shortlist for H&S excellence features equipment upgrades, digital tools, hard-hitting campaigns and, above all, substantial improvements.

Amey – Target Zero

In 2014 Amey implemented a new four-year H&S strategy based on this premise adopted by its CEO and executive team that “injuries are not inevitable, harm is not acceptable and risks are ours to manage”.

The firm developed and implemented Target Zero action plans to deliver specific improvements, and rejuvenated its core H&S management system.

The campaign was designed to get the message across that zero harm doesn’t happen on its own, that action needs to be taken and that every leader, manager, supervisor and employee has a role to play.

Clugston Construction – 5-a-Day Health Initiative

Clugston Construction’s 5-a-Day Health Initiative has concentrated on five major construction-related health issues: noise, dermatitis, musculoskeletal, hand arm vibration and respiratory.

As part of this, the firm committed to: regular health checks; initiatives to promote health and safety and exercise; increasing health perceptions among the supply chain; health risk awareness training; and careful auditing and measuring.

Highway Traffic Management – Low Level Traffic Management Installation Vehicle

Over a two-year period, Highway Traffic Management had five RIDDOR injuries associated with traffic management installation vehicles.

To combat this, HTM invested time and money to investigate how vehicles could provide a safer work platform, identifying a risk when accessing vehicles.

Its upgraded vehicles featuring lower-height work platforms have reduced the height needed to step up onto the vehicle bed from 960 mm to 500 mm, meaning it is now possible for operatives to simply step up.

Following their introduction, HTM has achieved zero RIDDORs during 400,000 working hours.

Lanes Utilities – Digital Point of Works Risk Assessment

Lanes Utilities achieved a rate of zero for both AFR and AFI in 2014, including 147 continuous days with no lost-time incidents and a 60 per cent increase in near-miss reporting.

Its digital point-of-work assessment tool was added to its smartphone app and is used to record, manage and analyse all field operations.

The app takes operatives through a step-by-step process to identify risks; a ‘stop work’ instruction is issued if a high risk is identified, with automatic escalation to a line manager.

Audits confirm 100 per cent compliance with the process.

McDermotts – Salutem: A Beneficial Training Partnership

In 2012, McDermotts created its 2020 Sustainability Roadmap focusing on its people and the environment.

To implement this, it created a training division under the name Salutem, aiming to develop employees, provide proactive training and support, and offer specialist health and safety advice.

More than £200,000 was invested in the initiative, with the firm achieving an AFR of zero in 2014.

NG Bailey – Safety First & Foremost

NG Bailey’s Safety First & Foremost aims to develop a different dimension in the delivery of health and safety messages.

This hard-hitting awareness campaign, mirroring the graphic anti-smoking images found on cigarette packets, has helped drive down the company’s number of incidents.

In fact, such incidents are now at their lowest level in NG Bailey’s 93-year history.

Overall, RIDDORs decreased by 18 per cent and there were no accidents at all in 250,000 working hours on its most challenging project at Birmingham New Street Station.

Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil Engineering Services – IFE (injury-free environment)

Skanska introduced its IFE initiative in 2010, aiming to address the behavioural aspects of health and safety.

From this, SRW produced a 2014 calendar comprising monthly themes with individual messages, linked to monthly toolbox briefings carried out at all sites and offices.

Each site was also asked to provide an indication of their team’s IFE engagement by completing an IFE barometer; these are peer-reviewed and are set to be extended to SRW’s supply chain.

Results are difficult to measure, but in 2014 all three of SRW’s business units achieved zero RIDDORs.

Wilson James – Time for Safety

Wilson James’ campaign, Time for Safety, is built on six commitments: safety behaviours, assessment, resources, intervention, improvement and responsibility.

All employees and contractors are required to work in line with these commitments.

Last year culminated in a Time for Safety tour, where the firm’s H&S team visited a number of offices and client sites to bring the commitments to life.

The firm had zero RIDDORs in 2014 and reduced its AFR down to 0.08 per cent.

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