Our Field staff have the necessary tickets to work in a variety of environments. Our Project Managers are all IOSH trained and are familiar with working under the CDM regulations. But tickets and training are only part of the story and can be meaningless if the culture isn’t right.
So, from induction and afterwards, we emphasise to our people that nothing we do is worth putting health or safety at risk, even if that means stopping the job to put things right. Or not doing it at all. We have rewarded them for doing exactly that.
Their training raises their awareness of the reasons behind accidents, the differences in individual risk perception and the consequences of getting it wrong – and then how to deal with these potential problems.
Twice a year, we take all our people completely away from their day-to-day work to discuss safety issues: in small groups over a month (Take It To the Teams), and at a full safety stand-down day (Stop For Safety).
These two events, with their interactive presentations and discussions on health, safety and wellbeing themes take a lot of time, effort and money to put together, but they’re a big part of what we do. That’s it.