Risk In the Workplace



Company assessment of Health and Safety Risk in the workplace:

The company conducts site specific risk assessments which have been communicated to those employees who are conducting the activity in question.  In addition, the hoist erectors have copies within their company vehicles.  Also if the working environment changes, they can refer to the assessment for clarification or if required, contact the branch managers for further guidance.  All our erectors have been clearly informed, if they are unsure or have a reasonable concern, they are not to continue, but seek the guidance from line managers / branch manager or the company’s Technical / Compliance Manager.  All our employees are experienced, but where inexperience / new employee is involved, they are under 100% supervision of a designated employee who has the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and training and hold the CITB – SSSTS Certification as a minimum.  No hoists are erected without having a site survey first by someone within the management team, and part of the survey is reviewing risk assessments to identify new/unusual risks which are then reflected within the site-specific risk assessment. Once a risk assessment has been conducted, the outcomes / controls are written “into” the safety method statements which are also communicated to those who have been assigned to undertake the works.


Company monitoring of the competences of employees:

The company has a designated employee (Technical /Compliance Manager) who has the responsibility for training and assessing the competencies of our field employees.  A number of our employees have an appropriate NVQ and others are working their way through the award.  In addition, our Technical/Compliance Manager makes regular visits to site to observe hoist erection / disassembly activities with the main objective to ensure compliance with industry best practice, Health and Safety legislation, our own policies and procedures which also identifies good and in rare circumstance poor working practices.  Where / if poor working practices are identified, we immediately stop working, identify root / contributory causes for the non-compliance, agree an action plan with all those concerned, monitor the implementation and then re-assess to ensure new / amended behaviours are “Permanente”.  The company follows HSG-65 guidelines of “PLAN-DO-CHECK-ACT”.  Once a year, our appointed Health and Safety Advisor – Mr David Jeffery CMIOSH, CMgr MCIM, CMaPS conducts a review to ensure our policy is up to date.  In addition and where requested he visits site and takes an objective review of our working practices and identifies potential training / refresher requirements.  Our safety advisor has nearly 40-years’ experience within the construction industry and 28-years post qualification health and safety experience.  We are not afraid to learn so we are open to new working practices / techniques; we do this by reactive and active means.  The company is current developing leading and lagging indicators which we believe will fulfil our own philosophy of continual improvement in terms of safety, quality, economic, efficient resulting in the company being organisationally sound.


Policy Dated 15/05/22