Insight – Issue twentynine

PTSG wants to set the standard for safety for the rest of the industry. We are focused on educating and engaging operatives to ensure that safe working practices and wellbeing in the workplace is the priority for all of us.

A culture of safety

Our culture and framework for continual improvement is based on the plan-do-check-act model and includes site inspection, performance measurement and the monitoring of the Group’s safe performance targets.

Now into our second decade, the strong growth we enjoyed quickly led to us adopting health and safety policies and procedures that mirrored those of a much larger company in order to make sure our increasing size never overwhelmed our health and safety efforts. We now proudly boast a more comprehensive and effective health and safety procedure than many of the UK’s Tier One contractors.

PTSG’s bespoke software system, Clarity, creates an extra safety net for engineers on site, with engineer tracking that allows in-office teams to keep an eye on lone workers and engineers travelling between sites.

We also regularly bring in outside support to further promotion of the highest health and safety standards. By organising talks with safety professionals and speakers like Jason Anker, who was seriously injured in a workplace accident, we are able to learn from others, promoting a health and safety culture where knowledge is shared and highly valued throughout the team.

Industry recognition

PTSG’s SHE team is working collectively to improve our approach to health and safety. Together, we are now reaching standards that go beyond compliance and set the pace for the rest of our industry to follow.

Our record of success in health and safety has been underlined by a multitude of awards during the last few years. More recently, our achievements have been recognised in the most prestigious global awards for commitment to good workplace health and safety management.

For the seventh year running, PTSG will receive an International Safety Award from the British Safety Council for ongoing commitment to safety in the workplace.

A total of 623 applications were received for the 2018 awards, which are independently marked by health and safety experts. The review and scoring of applications is particularly robust and PTSG scored highly to achieve the award with Merit.

Safety accreditation and training

PTSG has gained over 130 individual accreditations including approval to work on Network Rail infrastructure and accreditations from SSIP forum members. We have been successful in renewing our UKAS accredited ISO 9001:2015, ISO14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certification.

Such is PTSG’s commitment to a healthy and safe environment at work that we also provide bespoke training solutions for people and organisations who work at height. Training and development is delivered by engineering experts with vast industry experience, ensuring technical content is high quality, relevant and up to date. PTSG is confirmed as an Approved Training Organisation by CITB.

All of our work to raise the standards of safety in the workplace is underscored by the PTSG mantra: “If we can’t do it safely, we don’t do it.”