Achieving high standards of health and
safety is an integral part of business
performance. Its importance is evident
throughout all levels of the organisation.
Health and safety is one of the first topics
to be covered in executive meetings, and
it is highlighted early in our new starter
induction, with clear linkage to our values
Our approach is to comply with all
statutory provisions at a minimum and
strive for continual improvement by
setting appropriate health and safety
objectives and targets. We’re very sad to
report that this year we did incur a fatality
on one of our construction sites. We are
investigating this fully and continue to
drive improvements in all aspects of safety
to prevent this occurring again.
During 2019 we fully refreshed our
health, safety and environmental
system through the delivering of
standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Promoted by a new Health, Safety
and Environment Director, the SOPs
set mandatory best practice design,
management and implementation
requirements that are regularly audited
by our dedicated in-house team of
SHE experts.This internal inspection regime
features an overall H&S performance
KPI which has been set for all sites and
“Gold – Green – Amber
– Red – Black”
that is updated by the regions daily.
This continues to be well received by
site teams and has increased the level of
engagement with both site management
teams and contractors and is consistent
with our strategy to bring about
Whilst the LTIFR has increased slightly
(0.13 in 2019 compared to 0.11 in 2018),
this is well within our tolerance levels and
the marginal increase is due in part to a
reduction in overall working hours, rather
than an increase in injuries.
Furthermore, we actively promote
worker engagement at site level
through daily activity briefings (“DABs”).
These provide an opportunity for site
management to communicate with
subcontractors in respect of tasks
scheduled to occur that day and
particular risks that may arise as a result.
They also provide a forum for
subcontractors to provide feedback, for
example in respect of near-misses and
agree improvements implemented.
We think it’s important to recognise and
encourage excellence in safety and run
an annual safety award scheme, the Best
Sites Award. This year there were awards
for the overall site winner, two divisional
site winners, two regional winners and
two that were highly commended.
Winners were selected based on their
approach to safety planning, attitude, team
relationships as well as performance.