TClarke’s Group Safety team in London is recognised for industry leading standards, but what’s the picture in our regional teams? The answer is that the standards are exactly the same - as Jim Stewart, Operations Director, TClarke Newcastle describes.
At Newcastle, we strive to be extremely proactive with operative engagement regarding Health and Safety, we are a large group contributor to You See You Say submissions each month at a high rate of submissions per hours/operative working.
We are focused on all areas of safety, following the TClarke procedures and protocol - and we use the You See You Say system to involve all operatives, at all levels (anonymously if chosen), to allow them have their say on both positive and negative issues which may affect them on site.
Ongoing independent external review of safety performance
An independent health and safety consultancy company reviews our procedures and they carry out regular visits to all of our sites to review all of our procedures, resulting in a final documented report, which allows us to monitor trends of what we may look to further improve, but also highlighting and commending each site and in particular the site supervisor for what we are doing well.
In addition the principal contractors are also scored and reviewed in regards to general site safety and conditions.
Clients see ‘You See You Say’ as a positive force for safety
As well as being part of our procedures, The TClarke You See You Say system and on site reporting are always very well received by our clients, and we get a lot of positive feedback from them.
Monthly recognition for submitted reports
Each month all the submitted operative You See You Say reports (including those from sub-contractors, if applicable) are reviewed and shortlisted. A winner is chosen and rewarded with high street vouchers (this is in addition to the monthly group IPad award)
Recent winners have included Daniel Kane who identified potential fire hazards onsite, Andrew Puffet who observed a leak of hydraulic fluid from a Mobile Elevating Work Platform and Charlie Jones who identified dust entering a building generated by grinding outside by other trades. In each case their prompt action and reporting was instrumental in getting to the right safety solution quickly.
Data from You See You Say reports analysed to identify common risks
We can use data from You See You Say reports and site inspections to identify any common hazards, risks or events so we can work with principal contractors to assist in elimination or reduction of hazards at source.
Quarterly Safety Health and Environmental review meeting
Each quarter we hold a Safety Health and Environmental meeting at Newcastle, where all office-based staff and project teams discuss minutes and actions, all of which are relayed back to every employee under a tool box talk on site and recorded.
Ongoing high level of investment in training
We have a high level of employee training in all aspects of H+S, (including, but not limited to) Asbestos awareness, Manual handling, CITB site safety supervisors, Face fit testing, Fit for work medical assessments. All of our senior project management team hold formal Health and Safety training, and our ethos of “everybody is responsible for health and safety” rings true.
TClarke Newcastle is not complacent - we are committed to safety
We are fully committed to our goal of providing the safest working environment possible for our operatives, subcontractors and also in the way our works could affect others.
TClarke Newcastle has comprehensive measures to control, monitor and record all aspects of Health and Safety in the workplace, we take pride in workforce engagement, in a transparent, and well documented system that allows all operatives to become actively involved regarding their own Health and Safety and that of all other personal. We work to encourage ongoing vigilance, feedback and proactive actions from all levels and we can see that standards have improved vastly in recent years and a safety culture which surpasses many others has developed as a result.
The industry attitude to Health and Safety has changed and evolved, and the fact TClarke take this very seriously shows employees and clients alike that we are a company that cares and will always strive to improve. We lead by example: from the top level, our senior staff are committed and that clearly has a positive impact that cascades to all staff within the business.
Pictured at work are two of our recent safety award winners Charlie Jones and Daniel Kane