Health and Safety

Safety remains the Group’s priority. Our safe operations are managed and delivered locally by our subsidiary businesses alongside their safety advisors who have specific knowledge in the individual environments.

Health, safety and environmental management issues and reports are reviewed at every Group Board meeting with the head of department in attendance when necessary.

The Executive Management Committee, chaired by the Chief Executive, discusses and progresses policy, legislative changes, best practice, training needs, inspections, audits (internal and external), performance measurement and statistical information. All topics are discussed with a specific focus on improvement.

Control at business level remains with subsidiary Managing Directors who are required to appoint a Director who is responsible for safety and environmental matters. Health, safety and environmental issues are discussed as the first agenda item at monthly Board meetings. Each business safety and environmental meeting encourages open communication between all employees and is a key part of the Group’s efforts to gather and disseminate good practice for inclusion in business-based management systems. Minimum safety and environmental standards are contained within bespoke business Safety and Environmental Management Systems. This system is based on Group activities and provides specific standards, procedures, information, forms and advice which accommodate changes in legislation expected during the coming financial year. Management advice is provided by the Group Health, Safety and Environmental Department consisting of the Group Health, Safety and Environmental Director, an administrator and regional Group Safety and Environmental Advisors.

Certain Group companies employ their own specialist advisors who liaise directly with the Group HSE Director on common issues. The Group maintains its membership with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and locally based construction safety groups. All safety and environmental department personnel hold membership with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. Attendance on the five-day Construction Industry Training Board Site Safety Management Training Scheme continues to be a requirement for all construction management personnel, with a two-day refresher required every five years. A one-day Directors and Senior Managers’ course is available internally and is used to introduce new systems and detail changes to construction legislation. Short duration “tool-box talks” and “safety briefings” are used to enhance the knowledge and competence of supervisory management.

Group policy requires each business to report and record all injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences, regardless of severity. An incident database is maintained to collate this information and provide statistical data allowing performance to be measured and to determine system amendment and future training requirements. A system of safety and environmental alerts ensures lessons learnt and changes to working practices are rapidly transmitted to our workforce, businesses and their contractors. The Accident Incidence Rate (“AIR”) for the year ended 30 September 2014, measured on the standard base line of 100,000 persons at work, is a key area where the Group measures its performance.

 

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Health and safety policy statement

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