The Weston Homes 23rd Annual Awards Ceremony
On 12th February SeaBro Ltd were invited to the Weston Homes Annual awards ceremony and are proud to announce that we were the recipient of the highly recognised Health and Safety Performance Award for 2016.
As a high risk trade we see this as a significant achievement, accredited to the high standards set by our company and relayed through all levels of the workforce on site.
A big thank you to everyone involved, and we hope to retain the award again next year.
NASC Audit 2016
At the beginning of February we successfully completed our bi-annual audit carried out by the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation.
Thank you to everyone involved in maintaining the high standards set by the Confederation, the random site visits chosen by the assessor flagged up no major areas of improvement.
As reported last month we have managed to secure a number of places for Advanced Training courses at the new West Anglia Training Association in Huntingdon. The first 4No delegates have been provisionally booked on the course following feedback from supervisors. A further 2No courses are booked later on in the year at the National Construction College in Erith. Allocation of course delegates will be decided nearer the time.
Bill Edwards has recently completed a 2 day Scaffold Inspection course held at the CITB in Bircham Newton. The course is a CISRS approved course and will potentially be rolled out further throughout the workforce to site based operatives. Regular inspections of scaffolding is an integral part of the job and should be done following exceptional circumstances such as inclement weather.
Ryan Harvey will be visiting college this month for his Part 1a and Arturas Savelis on the 1b section of his apprenticeship. Shane Moore starts his Part 2 section and Paul Chambers & Nikki Beale will both be completing their Final Assessments to become NVQ2 Blue card holders.
Further apprenticeships have been booked for those waiting to start, actual start dates will be advised as soon as possible.
Company Vehicle Drivers
We would like to remind all drivers of company vehicles that if you take your vehicle into a dealership for repair, expecting to receive a courtesy vehicle, the car will not be released for your use unless you take a copy of your drivers licence with you.
Please do not rely on the office sending a copy of the licence over for you, as the original card needs to be issued at the time. This will avoid any embarrassment.
Also a reminder to all that you should have now signed the declaration permitting the company to view your licence online at the DVLA website. Regular checks will be carried out as per the requirements of insurers.
A quick reminder to all on site of the procedure prior to basing out scaffolding on any site.
Before a sole-board is laid on the ground there is a procedural requirement for the client to issue your supervisor with written confirmation that the ground is suitable to be based out upon.
This will alleviate the situation as in the photograph below of insufficient ground, and is a safeguard to all that the ground has been prepared by a competent person and agreed as suitable by a member of site management.
Remember to check that this is in place with your supervisor for each block or plot.
Loading out of Scaffolding
Recent Health and Safety reports have highlighted a number of instances where scaffold platforms have been overloaded with bricks and other materials which has a serious detrimental effect on the scaffold stability.
For reference a traditional tube and fitting scaffold erected in accordance with a TG20:13 compliance sheet is designed to a loading capacity of 2k/n per metre square.
In real terms this means the platform should be loaded to a maximum of 200kg per square metre. All loading should be carried out on the main body of the scaffolding (not the inside boards) and directly on top of a structural node (standard).
A standard house brick weighs in excess of 2kg, therefore less than 100 should be loaded out in any single area. The photo below shows a scaffold platform loaded out well in excess of this.
Please advise site management if you see a scaffold which is overloaded.
Employee of the Month
January 2016 has seen the return of the Employee of the Month award, which is nominated on attitude, attendance, punctuality etc.
In our monthly management meeting in February 2016 the following were nominated.
Kevin Browns Region – Dan Squire and Steven Woods
Robin Dukelows Region – Richard Davis
Danny Smiths Region – Adam Streeter
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Danny Smith and his wife Kelly on the birth of their second daughter Darcie on the 2nd of February weighing 6lb 12oz.