Health and Safety

Health and Safety

Areas of focus

  • Exceeding sector standards
  • Continuous training
  • Safety technology
At Glenveagh, creating homes safely is at the core of what we do. Our main objective every day is to ensure that our employees, sub-contractors, suppliers and all those visiting sites come to work and go home from work safely.

Exceeding sector standards

The progress Glenveagh has made and the efforts we have gone to from a health and safety perspective are being recognised by the industry. Our 2019 health & safety awards include:
  • a "Highly Commended" certificate by the National Irish Safety Organisation at the 28th Annual Occupational Safety Awards 2019
  • Grade A Safe T-cert in 2019 awarded by the Construction Industry Federation
Being recognised for our health and safety policies and procedures indicates the strong progress we have made in the context of the number of sites we have open. As a market leader, it is incumbent on us to continue to drive the health and safety plan and the Group are currently implementing ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management. Health and Safety drives an element of all senior management's variable remuneration with awards based on the results of site audits.

Continuous training

At Glenveagh, creating homes safely is at the core of what we do. Our main objective every day is to ensure that our employees, sub-contractors, suppliers and all those visiting sites come to work and go home from work safely. Health and safety training is a continuous process and investing in the competency levels of all staff; mainly site staff is a crucial commitment Glenveagh makes to its people. In-house training for staff is provided in:
  • Manual handling
  • Abrasive wheels
  • Working at height
  • Fire training
  • Toolbox talks
Also, external training consultants are brought in to provide further training in manual handling and Safe Pass and Plant safety (CSCS). When we identify an area of competency that we need to increase or supplement, staff are provided with the appropriate level of training. Planning is the key to the success of health and Safety in Glenveagh, and this is best demonstrated through our daily site whiteboard meetings at which a safe plan of action for the day's activities is agreed.

Safety technology

Glenveagh is also investing in technology to assist with our health and safety initiatives. TAG is a biometric time and attendance software that ensures only pre-qualified and competent people are allowed access to sites. The person gaining access to the site must have their certification and induction up to date and reflected in TAG before the software will allow them access. Additionally, this software enables Glenveagh to de-risk health and Safety onsite by controlling who is onsite at any point in time and provides data to be able to assess resources to ensure only people that need to be onsite are provided access.

Case study – whiteboard meetings

Being recognised for our health and safety policies and procedures indicates the strong progress we have made in the context of the number of sites we have open. Whiteboard meetings are completed on each site at the beginning of every day to agree on a safe plan of action for the day's activities. Every supervisor onsite, must attend these meetings. The objective of the meetings is to identify the hazards and risks associated with each area of work on the site. Examples of the topics discussed include:
  • Interaction with sub-contractors
  • Alterations to scaffolding
  • Safeguarding of excavation and deliveries
  • Crane setup
The whiteboard sessions are also an opportunity for any other challenges or concerns to be brought forward by supervisors and addressed. "Every morning on site, we would have whiteboard meetings where all trades would come together and discuss what was happening during the day in terms of what each trade is doing. We would all be co-ordinated together to make sure safety is at the top of the list. Everybody would be made aware of what is going on around the site in terms of machinery moving around and what is the highest risk for that day. I think it is very important because once employees are safe and understand what they're doing I think everything works better." (Alan Cribben - MD, Alan Cribben Electrical Ltd.)

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