Safe working adds value, security and reputability to a business and is far from a necessary expense.
Put simply, without a focus on health and safety, a business in any industry would likely fail.
PTSG’s commitment to health and safety has been underlined by a plethora of award wins and accreditations, including becoming a four times British Safety Council International safety award winner (2012 – 2015) and a three times RoSPA Gold Achievement award winner (2012- 2014).
The group’s constant investment in safety has allowed it to develop a rigorous process for preparing for such things as external audits, the results of are used for benchmarking purposes to measure its improvements.
A RoSPA and British Safety Council member, PTSG boasts a full-time Safety, Health, and Environment Manager. As a result of Terry Wilcock’s work, PTSG now holds 75 individual accreditations including network rail infrastructures and nine of them are from SSIP forum members
PTSG has been assessed and registered as conforming to the requirements ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001.
Mr. Wilcock said: “Working safely is the essence of PTSG and all that we do. As a business, we hold health and safety in the highest possible regard – if it can’t be done safely, we don’t do it.
“All of our employees are highly-trained specialists in operating safely across all of our disciplines. We implement rigorous and highly-monitored health and safety protocols that ensure we deliver high-quality services in the safest possible manner.
“Our focus on ensuring the safety of both our staff and our clients when carrying out works and the expertise, knowledge and experience of our teams allows us to deliver complex jobs while maintaining our high levels of safety.”
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety.
It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.
PTSG is fully compliant with The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR).
The regulations apply to an employer or those in control of any work at height, for example facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height.
As set out, they must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height. Low-risk, relatively straightforward tasks will require less effort when it comes to planning.
Employees have general legal duties to take reasonable care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions, and to co-operate with their employer to enable their health and safety duties and requirements to be complied with.
PTSG is a company that prides itself on safe delivery and it is its successful delivery of that vision time after time that has led it to cementing itself as the UK’s leading niche specialist services provider in its sector.
PTSG’s year-on-year on growth since foundation in 2007 and subsequent flotation on AIM has been largely down to a contract renewal rate circa 85 per cent, which further highlights its commitment to providing a memorable, safe service that leads to on-going working relationships.
An industry with a head for heights
Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Common causes are falls from ladders and through fragile roofs. The purpose of WAHR is to prevent death and injury from a fall from height.
Work at height means work in any place where a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. For example you are working at height if you:
- Are working on a ladder or a flat roof
- Could fall through a fragile surface
- Could fall into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground
Before working at height you must work through these simple steps:
- Avoid work at height where it is reasonably practicable to do so
- Where work at height cannot be avoided, prevent falls using either an existing place of work that is already safe or the right type of equipment
- Minimise the distance and consequences of a fall, by using the right type of equipment where the risk cannot be eliminated
The following are all requirements in law that you need to consider when planning and undertaking work at height.
- Take account of weather conditions that could compromise worker safety
- Check that the place (e.g. a roof) where work at height is to be undertaken is safe. Each place where people will work at height needs to be checked every time, before use
- Stop materials or objects from falling or, if it is not reasonably practicable to prevent objects falling, take suitable and sufficient measures to make sure no one can be injured, e.g. use exclusion zones to keep people away or mesh on scaffold to stop materials such as bricks falling off
- Store materials and objects safely so they won’t cause injury if they are disturbed or collapse
- Plan for emergencies and rescue, e.g. agree a set procedure for evacuation. Think about foreseeable situations and make sure employees know the emergency procedures. Don’t just rely entirely on the emergency services for rescue in your plan
PTSG continues to set the standard for safe delivery of work at height. Its commitment to training and development to ensure safe delivery has allowed it to cement its position as the market leader in its field.