HEALTH & SAFETY
OUTWEST CONSTRUCTION are committed to ensuring that all our employees both work in a safe manner and are managed safely. The safety of our employees and the general public is our number one priority within the company at all times.
Our managing directors have experience working for reputable Principal Contractors and learning from industry best practice health and safety initiatives. Our company therefore encourages active participation by our employees, empowering our employees to make important contributions to the development and implementation of our Health and Safety policies and arrangements. Communication between our senior management and our workforce is paramount to ensuring a good relationship and understanding of "Our Way” of working. Any health and safety issues are addressed quickly and efficiently and then communicated throughout the workforce to ensure lessons learnt are taken on board. This is our safety culture.
Our Health & Safety Policy has 3 fundamental steps to managing safety:
Risk Assessments & Method Statements
With all our work activities, we will have a risk assessment in place. A risk assessment is a careful examination of what, in our work, could cause harm to people i.e. the risks. We weigh up whether enough precautions and control measures are in place for the work to be safely carried out.
Although a safety method statement is not required by law, it is one of our industry's accepted codes of practice. It describes in a logical sequence exactly how each of our work activities are to be carried out in a safe manner and without risks to health. It incorporates all the risks identified in the risk assessment and the control measures needed to control those risks. This allows each of our work activities to be properly planned and resourced.
Toolbox talks and Daily Activity Briefings
All our plant operatives and labour operatives receive a daily activity briefing from our on-site supervisor and also attend any site briefings organised by site management. This ensures planned activities are communicated and discussed to ensure there is coordination of work activities on site.
A ‘toolbox talk’ is a short presentation to the workforce on a single aspect of health and safety. Weekly toolbox talks are given by supervisors and senior management to our operatives. Topics chosen are those relevant to current work activities on site.
OUTWEST CONSTRUCTION engage Health & Safety Advisors to carry out our onsite inspections and provide written reports.
We also engage external Safety Advisers to provide training courses to our employees as and when required.