Briggs Amasco Ltd, the UK’s leading roofing and waterproofing specialist, is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme designed to help industry improve its safety record.

The national roofing and waterproofing company with its head office at Cradley Heath, West Midlands, has received accreditation from Safe contractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety.

Employing 350 people and principally involved in roofing and waterproofing, BriggsAmasco has one of the best health and safety records in the country and is totally committed to best practice in every part of its business.

Specialising in the commercial and industry sector as well as schools, railways, car parks  and with a £38 million turnover, BriggsAmasco’s most recent clients have included major players such as Marks and Spencer, Bovis Lend lease,  Willmott Dixon and many more.

Mark Flello, BriggsAmasco’s Northern Safety Advisor commented: “Health and Safety is key to the success of our business and we have always been committed to achieving the highest possible standards in every part of our business so we are naturally delighted to receive this accreditation from SAFEcontractor.”

The accreditation is expected to enhance the company’s ability to attract new customers and its commitment to safety is likely to be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

John Kinge, Head of Risk at SAFEcontractor said, “major organisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies”.

“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that BriggsAmasco has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector”.

Under the SAFEcontractor system, businesses undergo a vetting process, which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice.

Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website

Employer-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, which enables them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These employers agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over one hundred and twenty major nationwide businesses, from several key industry sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.