Health and Safety

We regard Health and Safety as paramount to the continued success of the Company and are proud of our exemplary Health and Safety record.

We have many years experience as Principal Contractor and have a strong history in construction and civil engineering works, particularly in high hazard environments and in occupied premises. We ensure that the client’s and general public’s activities are not disrupted by the construction activities by careful planning and coordination with the client. We also regularly undertake the role of CDM coordinator. This enables us to manage the entire construction process, within our own supply chain.

We employ a designated ‘in house’ Health and Safety Adviser to oversee the management of all areas of Health and Safety. The adviser is responsible for assessing and planning methods of construction operations and to establish safe systems of work. This ensures that all projects are conducted in accordance with the relevant health and safety legislation, providing the Client with peace of mind throughout their project.

We are accredited members of CHAS, Safe Contractor and UVDB Verify. These safety schemes require us to demonstrate high standards through assessment of Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality practices and procedures. We are subject to annual assessment for each of these schemes. These schemes specialise in the auditing for pre-qualification. This ensures that we have been rigorously assessed against industry best practice and our Clients can be confident that trusted third parties have verified our capabilities.

Our site personnel are trained with EUSR BESC and National Grid Person courses, with site management qualified as National Grid Competent Persons. Hodges plant operators are trained to CPCS standards, which includes excavators, dumpers, telehandler and slinger/signallers. Hodges also use other CITB accredited courses, PASMA for mobile tower scaffold erection and IPAF for operating scissor and booms lifts. We are currently undergoing a programme to achieve 100% registration with the CITB CSCS card scheme.

The health and safety adviser undertakes regular visits to site. Each site is subject to a 4 weekly health and safety audit.  On completion of the audit, a report is compiled and left on site. Any action items are identified in the report. Each report automatically compiles a score, based on the operations and number of operatives on site. We operate an Annual Safety Award Scheme; this is to promote safety awareness and gives each site manager the opportunity to receive the annual award and prize.