This year’s Safety Forum was held at our head office in Cradley Heath, on 14/15 June and was attended by 40 branch & contracts managers and 49 sub-contractors.
Both days started with an introduction by our Managing Director, Dave Maginnis, followed by our guest speaker, Steve Lewis from Mace.
We then split into two groups.
In our dedicated training room, our safety advisors Bert Bruff, Shona MacMillan and Gary Wills covered topics including Accident Reporting, RAMS & Rescue Plans, Improve through Situational Awareness with daily safe starts and safe finishes and SLAM (Stop, Look, Assess, Manage).
The second group went into our stores where an allocated area was set up to cover near miss re-enactment and how to communicate effectively with people. This was an interactive session and was embraced wholeheartedly by all.
The day ended with a Q&A session with all of our Directors.
Feedback from both employees and sub-contractors was extremely positive with comments such as:
First class as per usual
Excellent and informative
Gave me confidence to speak to managers about unsafe conditions
My first meeting, but hopefully not the last
Role playing scenarios very good, thought provoking
Pictures from the two days, (scroll down for videos)
The above policy is monitored by three fully employed and qualified safety advisors, who ensure that every contract complies with current Health and Safety legislation, for the benefit of our clients, the general public, and our employees.
The company also runs an internal safety award scheme. This is worked on a point scoring system based on the complexity of a project and the health and safety procedures involved, and the manner in which hazards and risks are successfully managed. The company health and safety advisors issue the award on a quarterly basis to the branch which has achieved the highest number of points for a project in any one period.
In partnership with specialist Active Training Team, this half day workshop features drama-based learning, a unique style of training which participants say made them reconsider their approach to health and safety issues.
In these sessions, theatrical performance was combined with open debate and the re-enactment of a number of site base scenarios. Two central characters were introduced from the outset, with whom the audience quickly identified and engaged. Encouraging discussion, the audience were given the opportunity to pause each scene, to comment and offer their opinion on why the situation arose and the best way to solve it.
‘Many of the attendees at the training session in Hull found the experience extremely worthwhile and made them consider their approach to health and safety in a different way. We have had very positive feedback from the event and found it to be beneficial, adding a different dynamic to the typical training we are used to’ commented Mark Boothby Development Manager at the Sewell Group.
Bert Bruff, BriggsAmasco Health and Safety Manager added: ‘This series of health and safety training events has been an outstanding success and the feedback has been fantastic. By taking this different and unique approach, we have demonstrated our commitment to find new ways in which to deliver the health and safety message.’
The statement below is CALA Group’s Health & Safety Policy, which BriggsAmasco are pleased to endorse and comply with.
“The CALA Group Limited (the Company) is committed to securing the health and safety of its employees, self employed, clients, contractors, the public and other that may be affected by any of our operations.
The Company recognises that the effective management of health & safety is an integral and essential part of our successful business and that the co-operation and partnership of staff at all levels is vital in achieving the continual health and safety performance. ”
The aim is not only to raise awareness of key health and safety issues facing the construction industry specific to your trade, but also to give practical advice on how to control/avoid risks on construction sites.