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Health and Safety Culture

In accordance with our OHSAS 18001 accredited health and safety system, we apply a systematic and methodical approach to manage the health and safety risks and controls for all of our activities. On a project level we apply this methodical approach to health and safety risk management through the following key stages:

Having a Robust Safety Culture – Our safety approach begins with our Be-Safe Behavioural Safety culture which regularly engages our entire workforce, including our subcontractors and suppliers.

We operate a near-miss process to allow our workforce to identify and to locally correct health and safety issues. The near miss cards created are shared with our Health and Safety Manager, who assesses trends, reports to the Executive Board and circulates procedural amendment or awareness posters or tool box talks, to highlight issues and to remind people of the correct delivery methodology. All of our employees are empowered to stop any work where they deem that work to be unsafe.

Safety Training – We develop role profiles for each of our job roles. As part of our training procedures, we identify “Mandatory” and “As Required” training for each role and we ensure at induction and at ongoing appraisals and job chats that this training is freely given. Our personnel all carry CSCS cards and hold tickets to demonstrate their competence in specific duties, such as NRWSA; Lifting Appointed Person and fusion welding. In addition workers on these clean water schemes will hold EUSR and SHEA accreditation.

Temporary Works Design – Conroy employs a third-party company of temporary works designers on an as required basis (MGF & Groundforce Shorco). They design all temporary works needed to complete our delivery across the country. We will appoint temporary works supervisors to manage the installation, inspection and removal temporary designs required.

Planning and Enabling Procedures – This includes the creation of a Construction Phase Plan/Safety Plan when required to plan for the safe delivery of the operations on the site. This plan contains:

  • a high level description of the task to be completed
  • our Risk Assessments and Method Statements for every activity
  • details of the site rules, interfaces and organisational plan

As part of the formal induction process, we share the content of the Construction Phase Plan with all personnel who join our site and ensure their understanding.

Putting People to Work Safely – Our trained and competent supervisors put all of our people (directly and indirectly employed) to work safely. They hold mandatory start of shift briefings where the activities of the day are discussed and the health and safety risk are identified and the means to mitigate those risks confirmed with all our workforce (including our Sub-Contractor employees). Our Supervisors remain on site full-time and oversee the delivery of the works. Our supervisors operate a range of systems and processes to ensure the health and safety of our workforce, for example: Lifting using lifting plans managed by appointed persons; Temporary Works Procedures; Service Avoidance procedures; Permits to Work and Confined Space Entry Procedures. The permit to break ground procedure is particularly relevant to the excavation/laying of the water mains and there will a particular focus on the management of the procedure within the team.

Health and Safety Advice – to fully embed our health and safety processes, we have a full time Health and Safety Manager. They visit our sites to assess the health and safety standards in place; to coach the workforce and to undertake audit and inspections.

Senior Manager Inspections – Our procedures require that our Senior Manager visit sites and engage directly with the workforce to ensure the effective application of our Policy and Arrangements.

Conclusion – Through the use of the above systems and processes, we ensure we meet our Policy requirements and our CDM obligations so that our workforce are competent, trained and engaged and apply our accredited ISO18001 systems and processes to maintain our excellent health and safety record.

With this approach and our health and safety experience on similar projects we are able to ensure we support our client STW to not only address health and safety risks in a positive way but in a way which considers the risks on the wider environment, stakeholders, programme and cost helping to shape and define a sustainable health and safety culture.