Health, safety and wellbeing
Carillion does not compromise when it comes to the health and safety of its people. Despite continuing to drive down the frequency of accidents, we know we can do better.
We want to achieve our Target Zero for accidents and be the recognised leader in health and safety in our sector. Our Board is firmly committed to this – Richard Howson, our Chief Executive, holds Group-wide responsibility for health and safety, and it is the first agenda item at each Board meeting and at business unit meetings throughout the Group.
The health and wellbeing of Carillion’s employees is not simply the right thing to do, it is vital to the long-term success of our business.
Health and safety awards
Al Futtaim Carillion won Construction Week’s Health and Safety Initiative of the Year for its ‘visual impact’ training in 2012. The approach shows employees the impact of unsafe acts in their day-to-day lives by replicating the site scenarios in a safe environment through live acting.
Visual impact training crosses language and literacy boundaries. Commenting on the achievement, Derek Lewis, Managing Director of the United Arab Emirates Division, said: “Our ultimate aim is a target of zero incidents; we are not there yet, but this is by itself a world-class achievement, and this award makes our efforts in this regard all the more worthwhile.”
Annual health and safety award winners
Managing health and safety
We have well-established policies and systems in place to manage health and safety, including applying 11 leading and lagging indicators within rigorous risk frameworks to monitor and improve performance.
All our businesses have formal health and safety management systems, and we are proud that we continue to be certified to BS OHSAS 18001 across our UK and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions. All contracts are assessed for health and safety risks at each stage, from design and delivery to final use, and senior managers regularly visit contracts to review health and safety with employees at all levels.
Our management systems are supported by a Group-wide policy, implemented through awareness-raising campaigns and formal training. We operate an internal telephone reporting system for all UK health, safety, and environmental accidents and incidents, and issue daily reports covering serious incidents to line managers via SMS text.
We deeply regret that one person tragically lost their life at a Carillion work site in the UK in December 2012 when he was struck by a train while working on the railway. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
We had one prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive relating to an accident during construction of a tower block in Swansea, Wales, in 2008, when a subcontractor’s employee was tragically killed when he fell from height while dismantling a scaffold. This resulted in a fine of £130,000, and the subcontractor and its managing director were also prosecuted.
By investigating incidents such as this we learn and take action to continually improve the safety of our people.