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Health & Safety Policy

General Statement of Health and Safety at Work Policy

Safety is the interest of everyone in the company; the directors, senior management, managers, site management, staff and site operatives, and it is important that every one of us are on guard in respect of health, safety, welfare and environmental issues. Only by each one of us giving careful attention to safe working on our sites, and in our offices, can we discharge the obligation that our operations are carried out in a safe manner and that our employees, subcontractors and the general public are protected from the many hazards which exist on and around the railway construction sites where we work.

It is the policy of B. & M. McHugh Limited to:

Provide, so far as is reasonably practical, safe methods of work, safe working conditions and a healthy environment assessing the risks inherent in the construction process to: -

  • Provide health and safety arrangements including planning, organisation, leadership, control, monitoring, review and reporting;
  • Ensure, so far as is reasonably practical, co-operation, co-ordination and exchange of information between sub-contractors and all other parties involved in projects under its control;
  • Give full co-operation to the project Principal Contractor/Planning Supervisor in accordance with CDM regulations;
  • Provide all health and safety training or information as may be necessary to personnel at all levels, having regard to risk assessment and individual capabilities;
  • Establish emergency and other procedures for serious and imminent danger including arrangement when working in danger areas;
  • Provide all health surveillance’s where required by legislation;
  • Provide all personnel involved in company activities with health and safety assistance;
  • Provide and display this policy and such written instructions as are necessary to assist in the regulation of healthy and safe practices and operations;
  • Establish means of consultation on health and safety matters for all employees;
  • Encourage and promote personal responsibility and effort on the part of all employees to avoid and prevent health hazards and injuries to themselves and others;
  • Work in a manner fully compliant with the company Environmental Policy;
  • Review this policy annually (minimum).

There is a clear, legal duty of each and every employee, while at work, to take reasonable care for the health and safety of himself and of all other persons who may be affected by his acts or omissions at work; and to co-operate with the company and the safety advisors in any way necessary, to enable the company to perform and comply with any duty or requirement under the regulations affecting health, safety and welfare.

This will include the use of necessary personal protective equipment, the use of materials and equipment in a safe manner, and the prompt reporting of defects or safety hazards.

For the execution of the policy the following organisation and arrangements apply:
The senior manager on site or at a place of work will be responsible for the implementation of the company health and safety policy, and will be accountable for failure to achieve the required standard.

To achieve this objective the senior manager/supervisor will ensure that:

  • All works are carried out in accordance with all relevant acts, regulations, company policy and procedures, as defined in the staff health and safety manuals, project safety plans, and other company or safety consultant instructions;
  • Employees have been trained or instructed to work in a healthy and safe manner;
  • Safe access to and egress from all places of work under the company's control is provided and maintained,
  • Protective equipment and clothing are available and used when required by the risk assessment;
  • Substances hazardous to health are assessed and controlled in a safe manner;
  • Operations are conducted in such a manner as to reduce as far as is practical the risk of property damage, fire or theft, and to maintain a secure minimum hazard environment;
  • All accidents and dangerous occurrences are investigated, reported and preventative action taken against repetition RIDDOR;

The company provides health and safety assistance and auditing through its safety consultants. They will have access at all times to all sites and employees, and will be responsible for bringing to the notice of management any deficiency observed, and for stopping any operation where the company's employees or other persons are at risk. Within the organisation, arrangements will be made to submit safety reports and discuss health and safety matters at board meetings, company safety meetings. In addition, safety matters will be on the agenda of all progress meetings with client or subcontractor.

In addition to those inspections regularly carried out by the management, the safety advisors have a responsibility to carry out regular and ad hoc inspections of the sites and take immediate action to rectify any defects noted.

The Managing Director is responsible for the implementation of the board policy, together with each director within his own realm of responsibility.