A MAJOR health and safety landmark has been achieved by a North Yorkshire civil engineering and construction business.
A total of 500,000 hours free of RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) has been achieved by S&B Utilities, Scotton, near Knaresborough, in spite of one of the busiest periods in the company’s history.
RIDDOR refers to serious accidents and other occurrences on construction, maintenance or or development sites which, must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive.
As S&B Utilities, which works between Nottinghamshire and The Scottish Borders, has 60 staff, including 45 on site fulfilling a range of contracts for utility companies and private businesses, the landmark equals 3.8 operational years without a dangerous incident.
The 500,000 RIDDOR-free landmark comes only months after S&B Utilities gained a Tier II Contractor Award 2012 for its health and safety record from Yorkshire Water Services when the business had achieved 400,000 RIDDOR-free hours.
The Yorkshire Water Services award, in which S&B Utilities came top from scores of contractors, recognised the company’s safe working policy and procedures, its investigation process and all-round pro-active approach to health and safety.
S&B Utilities senior contracts director, Darren Swales, says:
This means that, for almost four years, our company has had no RIDDOR reportable incidents whatsoever which, given the hazards of our industry and how many active sites we operate, is an achievement to be proud off.
A good health and safety record is an important hallmark of a top-quality business and is the result of a continuing programme of business and staff development which incorporates vigorous training in all aspects of health and safety, including all aspects of creating a safe environment and the proper use of equipment and materials.
As the company has three members of the same family working in it, from the managing director downwards, it undoubtedly helps us communicate very well on issues which are important to us and creating the best conditions for our staff is very important. We want them to work hard, enjoy it and go home safely at night.
S&B Utilities was established in 2002. The company’s current services include civil engineering, metal fabrication, building and maintenance, feasibility studies and design for customers including Severn Trent Costains Ltd, Yorkshire Water Services, University of York, Taylors of Harrogate, PPP Infrastructure, Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Driffield Showground and HM Prison Service