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Health & Safety

At Cappagh we place a huge emphasis on health and safety performance. The Company directors consider an excellent health and safety record to be of paramount importance to the business and prioritise in this area. A positive safety culture is encouraged across the organisation, starting at the boardroom and percolating right through the Company. We recognise the significant continuous effort required to ensure we do everything within our powers to maintain excellent health and safety performance and avoid any hint of complacency. We have a track record of working collaboratively and conscientiously with our clients, to ensure the sharing of best practice and continual improvement.

The company’s health and safety performance is reviewed quarterly at board level, with a formal review on an annual basis, to ensure the aims and objectives of the policy are being achieved. The policy document is complemented with a comprehensive health and safety manual, which is continually updated accordingly.

The management team are supported by a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, who reports directly to the chairman and is an integral part of the “board”.

At an operational level, the senior management team review HS&E at weekly operations meetings, where the monitoring, auditing, reviewing and implementation of health and safety matters takes place. At a practical level this ensures training needs are correctly identified for operatives on a project-by-project basis, method statements are produced in a clear and concise manner and that operatives are fully briefed for each job undertaken.

Health and Safety on operational sites is actively monitored on a daily basis by inspection visits which are followed up with written reports identifying areas of compliance and items requiring attention.

Results and trends identified by the reports are reviewed at quarterly health and safety review meetings, attended by the management and safety teams. Site Agents also complete a daily health and safety checklist for each site under their control which is returned to the Senior Manager at the end of the working day.

Reactive monitoring involves the thorough investigation of all injury accidents and incidents with the aim of establishing root causes. The investigation is instigated following the immediate response to the incident in accordance with the procedures set out in the Cappagh Health and Safety Manual.

Our health and safety management system is externally accredited to OHSAS18001, the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) and UVDB Verify (Achilles).

We undertake a significant amount of training across the Company to ensure that our personnel are fully trained and competent for the tasks they are assigned. Directors undertake IoSH Safety for Senior Executives, managers undertake Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) or Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IoSH) Managing Safely and supervisors undertake Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) or IoSH Supervising Safely.

Cappagh has excellent in-house training facilities, including a purpose built training room at our head offices in Wimbledon. We also operate a mobile training vehicle which is air-conditioned and equipped with audio visual equipment and seating. This is used to deliver health and safety briefings and training on the sites where our employees work.

Our manager and supervisors also undertake Inspirational Leadership training which is a behavioural safety course sponsored by Thames Water.

The above is in addition to a significant amount of industry standard training such as Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS), NRSWA Supervisor and Operative, EUSR SHEA Water Passport, EUSR SHEA Gas Passport, EUSR National Water Hygiene Card, Confined Space and of course typical construction vocational training such as abrasive wheel, first aid, etc.

Selected Case Study

Client: Island Barn Aggregates (a Joint Venture between Cemex and Lafarge Aggregates)

Start Date: 2002

Finish Date: Ongoing

Duration: Ongoing

Value: £3.5M

Location: Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

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