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BENEFITS OF INVOLVING THE WORKFORCE IN MANAGING H&S

Case studies from construction sector show what can be achieved

HSE has published a number of case studies illustrating how organisations have successfully involved their workforce in managing health and safety.

Two of the case studies involve construction companies.

Tamdown Group

The case study shows how the organisation has successfully involved their workforce in managing health and safety. Tamdown Group has experienced business benefits and a lowered accident rate.

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Andrew Denby Group Health and Safety Director said:

“We’ve seen a huge drop in RIDDOR-reportable accidents (from six in 2008 to one in 2009), a rise in near-miss and non-injury incident reporting, and a 25% cut in insurance premiums, more than offsetting the scheme’s £20-£25K cost to date.

We’ve retained our training programme and increased our training grant receipts through a challenging trading period. In short, by genuinely engaging with our workforce we’ve squeezed far higher performance from a far lower net budget.

The ‘Worksmart’ programme has matured into a genuine partnership between management and front-line operatives, opening new and exciting channels of communication.”

Tamdown adopts what is described as a ‘culture of CANI’ (Continuous And Never-Ending Improvement). This is designed to ensure that “as the business and its environment evolve, so will the innovative approaches to improving health and safety”.

Murraywood Construction

This case study shows how Murraywood Construction worked with Carillion (Principal Contractor) on health and safety issues.

It details how they involved their workforce through monthly ‘voice meetings’ which helped to pay dividends in both safety performance and workforce morale. The actions have resulted in a 50% reduction in their insurance premiums since 2006.

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Billy Murray:

“We are working together, management and employees, with a common aim: prevention rather than reaction, education rather than dictation, and safety for everyone.

Our accident statistics vary from year to year dependent on the number of hours worked but are generally low. This has resulted in a 50 per cent reduction in our insurance premiums annually since 2006.

Our broker says that in the main the reduction is due to the risk management that Murraywood have in place – as well as robust health and safety policies, procedures and training to help prevent accidents.”

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