Health and safety
Health and safety
Objective 2: Raise standards and performance in health, safety and wellbeing
Keeping everyone working on the project safe, healthy and happy is a fundamental philosophy at Tideway. We do things safely, or not at all. Our aim is to think differently, and in so doing, create and live by standards that transform health, safety and wellbeing for major construction projects.
One death or serious injury at any point during the project would be one too many. This applies at every site, every office and along every access route. It does not apply solely to staff involved in construction work, but to members of the communities affected by the project.
Achieving this aim requires a new health, safety and wellbeing strategy, which we call RightWay. This involves defining, and committing to, significantly higher standards for the things we do—from personal protection equipment and site layout to how we engage with those working on the project.
The first element of RightWay is Right Start, which develops standards and actions to prevent incidents that typically occur at the start of major projects. Right Start includes one of our key legacy aims in this area—to raise the standard of site/project inductions. As part of their project induction, every member of the workforce, from tunnel operatives to delivery drivers and office staff, goes through an immersive, multimedia health and safety training day called EPIC (Employer’s Project Induction Centre).
By March 2017, 6,675 employees, contractors and stakeholders had attended the course, for which we have received outstanding feedback. EPIC’s innovative and interactive training has already been recognised by the industry, winning the EvCom live training award in November 2015. Clear communication is key to preventing incidents. Research has shown that 30 percent of all incidents in the construction industry are due to poor communication. So we have introduced a new health, safety and wellbeing communication assessment, with technical and pictorial questions to check understanding. This is the first time this approach has been undertaken on a major project.
We aim to promote new industry occupational health standards and working practices. We have engaged an occupational health service provider to develop a new standard of awareness and management of the workplace, the worker and their wellbeing. As part of this commitment, Tideway is one of the founding supporters of the industry wellbeing initiative Mates in Mind, which aims to improve and promote positive mental health across the construction industry in the UK.
We also want to leave a safety legacy for those travelling on London’s roads and on the river. We plan to introduce industry-leading initiatives to reduce the risk to vulnerable road-users. This includes improved design of the cabs in Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), to allow drivers to see cyclists and other road-users more clearly. Increasing the number of these vehicles in use around London will leave a real benefit for subsequent projects.
In addition, we want to improve health and safety for those who work on the river. In conjunction with the Port of London Authority, Transport for London and the Company of Watermen and Lightermen, Tideway has established the Thames Skills Academy (TSA) to meet the needs of employers on the River Thames. The TSA will set new standards for health and safety training. All those who work on our project as Boat Masters will complete an enhanced training programme, including a stateof- the-art shipping navigation simulator test at a specialist marine training centre.
Health, Safety and Wellbeing Our Commitments
- Aspire to have no major incidents on the project
- Raise the standard of health, safety and wellbeing inductions
- All supervisory staff trained in health and safety to a level above industry norms
- Promote new industry occupational health standards and working practices
- Introduce industry-leading initiatives to reduce the risk to vulnerable road-users arising from vehicle movements
- Introduce a health and safety communication standard across the project
- Improve health and safety on the river for river transport workers
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