The risk to all highways professionals out on our network is high, with the working environment serving up challenges and hazards at every turn.
Whether it be careless drivers, moving plant machinery or working at dangerous heights, the highways sector has a number of possibilities for misfortune if proper protocols aren’t implemented.
Crown Highways recognises the wide spectrum of hazards their workforce are exposed to across the diverse range of services they provide, and a result, place an emphasis on safety that aims to protect each and every employee.
Now, as a result of these efforts, Crown Highways are proud to announce that the company has achieved one million working hours without a RIDDOR, with the company’s last reported reportable incident being back in February 2017.
As of Thursday 5th March, Crown Highways reached 1,026,347 hours.
Initiatives that have helped Crown Highways achieve this milestone include:
- Implementation of a near-miss app – with near miss reporting having increased by 250%
- Introduction of a weekly senior management safety call
- 100% zero-tolerance drugs and alcohol testing for all staff
- New improved PPE standard – ARC flash PPE is now mandatory on all sites.
- A new standard helmet which complies with both EN397 and EN12492 standards
- On-site manager inspections targets
- Increased investment in training courses
- Developed own in house training school
- Year on year investment in new plant and equipment
- Introduction of mental health first aiders and sharing this resource with other companies in our industry
- Support of regional health & safety forums and initiatives
The company achieved the prestigious RoSPA gold award standard in 2019.
RoSPA Gold Award winners have achieved a very high level of performance, demonstrating well developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss.
Additionally, the company has transitioned from the OHAS 18001:2007 to the ISO 45001:2018 Health & Safety Management System. ISO 45001 focuses on identifying and controlling risks rather than hazards and requires organisations to consider how suppliers and contractors are managing their risks.
Mike Dale, Crown Highways Managing Director told us:
“This is a fantastic achievement by everybody across the company, this isn’t something that is easily achieved and has been led by our Health & Safety Manager Pete Benton.
“We’ll continue to invest and improve and hopefully this trend continues well into the future.”
Pete Benton, Health & Safety Manager added:
“This is a testament to everyone in the Crown Highways team and shows a real commitment to safety from everyone from the senior management team to the operatives working out on the Highways England network.
“Achieving this milestone is not easy due to the dangerous nature of our works and this shows a big behavioural change within the team.
“It is only through constant employee consultation and big investments into training and the most up to date plant and equipment we have been able to achieve this.
“Both our Supervisors and operatives have really stepped up by meeting site safety inspection targets and actually having the courage to stop works and report things if they are not safe, which is not always easy to do when you are under pressure to get the job done.
“The Management team have also played a big part in achieving this by taking time to talk with members of their teams and involving them in the planning of schemes which previously was not always done and now we are seeing the benefits.
“Well done and thank you to everyone in the Crown Highways team.”