Working with the construction industry
Although our work is primarily during enabling or pre-construction phase, we frequently work alongside contractors from the construction industry. We regularly take the role of Principal Contractor under the CDM Regulations, a role we have embraced on projects like the M74 Completion, Forth Replacement Crossing, Furness Abbey and the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.
Although recent changes to the CDM Regulations have made archaeology exempt from the regulations, we will continue to follow them as we feel the structured approach required allows us to carry out our work in as safe a manner as possible.
We work for, alongside and in charge of other contractors, and in every case, our staff know that good communication across the site will prevent accidents and potentially save lives.
The best way to keep our workplace safe is by raising awareness of the risks around us and to take action to deal with them. We encourage our staff to regularly re-evaluate the environment they work in and to report any new risks as soon as they are identified.
We emphasise that our staff should report all accidents and near misses, and feel empowered to act if they see something that is unsafe. We educate our staff to recognise that every incident, no matter how trivial, should be reported as the margin between a near miss or minor injury and something more serious can often be small.
As a company we seek to minimise workplace accidents in our operations with the ultimate aim to achieve a zero accident rate.
Health and Wellbeing
A key priority of our health and safety plan is the prevention of work-related illness. While there is clear evidence that employment can have a positive effect on personal wellbeing, poor health in the workplace can present significant safety risks. We are providing training to managers and team leaders on how to identify, manage and minimise work-related stress and we are encouraging and supporting healthy lifestyles amongst our staff. As a company we are supporting government initiatives such as the bike-to-work and child-care voucher schemes.
Headland maintains a Occupational Health and safety management system with ISO:45001 and our SHE policy is available on request.