703, 2018

BriggsAmasco Earns Dual Shortlisting In Top Industry Awards

BriggsAmasco’s outstanding delivery of two high-profile roofing projects has received industry wide recognition. The company has been shortlisted in two categories at The UK Roofing Awards, which rewards outstanding workmanship and safety within the sector.

Dave Maginnis, Managing Director at BriggsAmasco, said: “It’s an incredible honour to find ourselves nominated in two categories at this year’s awards. It’s recognition of the superb skills and experience we as a company can call upon, and have been utilising so successfully for more than 150 years as one of the UK’s leading roofing companies.”

For its two nominations, BriggsAmasco are shortlisted in the Innovation Awards category for its rapid, high-quality delivery of an 8,000m2 using it’s finisher to watertight surface at Lloyds BMW car park in Carlisle in record time. In the Mastic Asphalt category, BriggAmasco was nominated following its time-critical installation of FlexiPhalte mastic asphalt system as part of a major car park refurbishment at New Covent Garden Market in London.

As well as being shortlisted for the aforementioned categories, the BriggsAmasco projects have been entered into the Industry Choice Award. Unlike the other categories, which are judged by a panel of experts, the winner of this public award is selected by industry peers.

Dave Maginnis added: “The nominations are a huge credit to everyone at BriggsAmasco. From our in-house customer service staff, to our on-site installation team and all our employees who do so much to help sustain our success, I offer my sincere thanks.”

Category winners will be announced at a presentation evening being held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London on Friday 11th May.

1712, 2017

Goodbye and thank-you to our retiring staff

Goodbye and thank-you to our retiring staff – good luck to those replacing them

As the end of the year approaches, it’s ‘all change’ across areas of the BriggsAmasco business. Due to retirement and staff movements, we have a few reluctant farewells and a couple of in-house positional changes to report.

The leavers headed for a well-earned rest following a long, dedicated service to the company include Chris Lawler, General Manager at BriggsAmasco Maintenance for 21 years; the same length of service as Mick Philbin, who is retiring as Aperture’s General Manager.

We are also saying goodbye to General Manager John Linsdell, who is leaving one-year short of completing an incredible half-century of service with us. And, Ron Hickey, Manager of our Manchester branch since 2010, completes the list of retirees.

As for the movers, Andy Phythian switches from Hyflex – where he’s spent 15 happy years – to become the BriggsAmasco Maintenance General Manager. Ian Weston is also swapping roles; following 17 years at our Birmingham branch, Ian is taking-up the position as Aperture General Manager.

We wish all our retirees and those relocating the very best of luck and sincere thanks for their sterling efforts throughout the years.

Dave Maginnis, Managing Director at BriggsAmasco, said: “The success of our company is built on the skills, experience and dedication of our brilliant staff. Each has played their part in helping maintain our excellent reputation as the country’s leading roofing contractor. Therefore, it is with both sorrow and gratitude that we say goodbye to Chris, Mick, John and Ron and thank them for their exemplary service. May your retirement be as happy and fulfilling as we hope your career was with us. Hearty congratulations also to Andy and Ian; like-for-like replacements for the adept and hardworking men whose roles they inherit.”

Good luck and thank-you once again to all for your brilliant, long-standing efforts.

(Pictured from left to right, Chris Lawler, Dave Maginnis, Mick Philbin, John Linsdell, Tony Bryan, Rob West & Ron Hickey).

2610, 2017

FORS Bronze Accreditation for our London Branch

Our London branch in Dagenham has achieved Bronze status for the Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme.

They are also in the process to upgrade this to Silver.

> Download the Bronze Certificate

> FORS website link

408, 2017

Construction Enquirer Top Ten Award Winners Revealed

This morning the Top Ten winners of the Construction Enquirer awards were revealed and BriggsAmasco is in the top ten for two categories:

  • Best Specialist Contractor to Work For (Over £25m)
  • Best Specialist Contractor to Work With (Over £25m)

The awards night is being held in Birmingham on 10 October.

Further information can be found on the Construction Enquirer website

2507, 2017

The Importance of Training

The capacity of available training centres is just as crucial as the Assessor shortage in our industry. To address this, the LRWA joined forces with Briggs Amasco and the CITB to open a new training facility based at our Head Office at Cradley Heath near Birmingham.

Further reading can be found in July’s issue of the RCI Magazine on page 78.

2407, 2017

Building Better Awareness of Mental Illness in The Construction Industry

Earlier this year, data released by the Office for National Statistics revealed the risk of suicide among low-skilled male laborers, particularly those working in construction, was three times higher than the national average. Mental illness has long been considered something of a taboo subject within the building industry, leading to companies such as BriggsAmasco, the UK’s leading national commercial roofing company investing in training schemes designed to educate employees and help them recognise the symptoms of psychological stress. Dave Maginnis, Managing Director at BriggsAmasco, talks about the education programme and his company’s aim to highlight issues surrounding ‘the invisible illness’.

Construction is a tough environment to inhabit. The physical demands are heavy and the pace at which workers have to toil is unrelenting. There are also mental pressures. Deadlines need to be met on a daily basis to satisfy a seemingly never-ending chain of command that begins with the client, but can include a host of contractors and various trades which are dependent on a person a lot further down the line getting their bit right for a project to proceed at sufficient speed. Therefore, it’s fair to say the building industry, particularly the roofing sector, is not for the faint-hearted.

If we concur with the stereotypical view, then construction workers are as tough as the materials in their possession; they’re insensitive to the perils they face in their line of duty, and they’re mostly easy-going types whose hard-earned brawn has insulated them against the fears and anxieties felt by those engaged in less-rigorous employment. The reality is somewhat different, however. This is borne out by figures that reveal one-in-six construction-based workers are suffering from a form of mental illness. The fact that suicide kills more people in the building sector than falls is even more daunting. Thankfully, it appears the industry itself is becoming aware of the health issue in its midst. Initiatives such as Mates in Mind, a recently-launched charitable programme designed to improve and promote positive mental health in construction, has the backing of the British Safety Council, the Health in Construction Leadership Group, and the Samaritans. However, when it’s considered a 2006 CIOB report, showed 70% of workers suffered from stress-related mental conditions as a direct result of working in the industry, its clear employees within the sector should be taking a firmer lead on ways to address the issue.

Warning signs

In June, BriggsAmasco staged a workshop for employees to help them recognise signs of mental health problems and encourage individuals to seek the right help. It was held as part of our annual Health and Safety forum on behalf of contract-related staff and subcontractors. The Mental Health First Aid course was delivered by a qualified, external trainer to ensure an effective and efficient approach was taken in relation to the subject. People often respond better to an outsider with a proper understanding of the topic they are delivering, and our aim was to ensure that our employees fully-absorbed the message being conveyed.

Staff interaction was encouraged throughout the course by sharing knowledge and personal experiences of the illness in an open-floor environment. Details were also shared on various mental health issues, and the warning signs to look out for, such as stress, anxiety and depression, that could indicate someone has a condition. The feedback from colleagues who attended the course was extremely positive. Most told us they found it incredibly insightful and gave them a new approach in their thought process regarding mental health issues. This was precisely the result we were hoping for.

BriggsAmasco has covered more than 1,000 hours in health and safety training and awareness through internal and external courses. We also hold annual health surveillance assessments for our 200-plus safety-critical employees in which a detailed wellbeing assessment is carried out by a medical professional. This robust approach to the welfare of staff led to the company achieving ISO, 9001, 14001 and 18001 – one of a few UK organisations to meet all three standards.

Adapting to change

Health and Safety is paramount at BriggsAmasco. However, with so much focus being applied to the day-to-day safety aspect; the health issue is sometimes left in the background. Therefore, we felt it extremely important to raise awareness on the subject of mental health and reassure our employees that the support is there if and when required. Mental health issues reportedly account for people taking nearly 70 million days off sick per year – the most of any health condition – costing the UK economy between £70 billion and £100 billion a year. Proof, therefore, the ramifications of this debilitating condition can travel far beyond the distress it causes an individual.

The construction industry has been viewed by some as resistant to adapting to changes in working practices and behaviours, but it’s been swift to act in relation to a hitherto unspoken issue: the psychological wellbeing of its employers. At BriggsAmasco, we are aiming to overturn the negative view of mental illness and open-up discussion about its causes, symptoms and diagnoses. In our opinion, the construction industry should approach the welfare of its members with the same precision applied to a high-profile building or engineering project, which means paying as much attention to the interior, as well as the exterior details.

Further reading can be found in July’s issue of the RCI Magazine on page 32.

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