Spotlight on H&S Compliance

September 13 2019

Recent statistics show that 3-4%* of all construction workers in the UK sustain a work-related injury or are suffering from a work-related illness. This can lead not only to huge losses in working hours, it can have a massive impact on a team’s morale, resulting in an unhappy workforce. 

At Kershaw providing exemplary Health and Safety performance is a top priority, it is viewed as one of the most important considerations before any project gets underway.

Emma Currie, IMS Compliance Manager takes a look at how Kershaw leads the health and safety agenda over and above compliance with local legislation, safety standards and other industry requirements.

“We recognise that implementing the right health and safety procedures is vital in all projects we undertake. Not only does it reduce the risk of injury, but it also ensures we are not breaking the law.” She continues “We feel that providing a safe environment and the right procedures for our employees means they have the knowledge and tools to deliver high-quality work, productively and safely”

As part of Kershaw’s commitment to continuous improvement regular site visits are carried out and toolbox talks are used to promote a culture of safety. 

“Operating a fully integrated Management System is how we ensure we are compliant with the latest legislation. We are accredited to OHSAS 18001:2007 for occupational Health and Safety Management.” she continued “We provide our site managers with access to a wide variety of tools, including our toolbox talks which cover everything from accident prevention & control to working in windy conditions and much more in between.”

Kershaw’s Health and Safety performance is strictly monitored by external Health and Safety advisors and it has a Health and Safety Committee which regularly meet to discuss current issues.

“We aim to ensure we provide a safe and healthy environment for our employees to work in. To do this we provide effective training to make sure they are aware of the risks and the right tools to avoid any unnecessary accidents”

*http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/industry/construction.pdf