Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) features on the cover of the latest edition of PFM magazine.
In the April magazine, PTSG’s Safety, Health, and Environment Manager Terry Wilcock talks about the importance of implementing rigorous health and safety protocols while working at height.
He sets out what the group’s approach to health and safety is and highlights the dos and don’ts of working at height, as supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
‘If it can’t be done safely, we don’t do it’
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:
Before working at height you must work through these simple steps:
The following are all requirements in law that you need to consider when planning and undertaking work at height.
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.