The Forshaw Team has been ‘dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s’ with its health and safety this week. Our newly appointed Health, Safety & Compliance Practitioner, Kieron Gardiner from Management and Risk Solutions Ltd presented to the team the health and safety focus for 2024. The presentation focused on manual handling, abrasive wheels and working at height.
In its role as property restoration specialist, with a 24-hour emergency callout, The Forshaw Group works closely with insurance companies and loss adjusters to renovate commercial and residential property damaged by fire or flood. The team needs to be prepared to work in all conditions and to ensure that the team is ready for all eventualities, the company provides regular health and safety updates.
Manual handling was the first topic addressed. Manual handling includes any transporting or supporting of a load by hand or by bodily force. 27% of injuries gained within the work force were from handling issues. The team learned those at risk from injuries and what factors needed to be considered. The TILE theory was introduced to help to mitigate the risk on manual handling. TILE stands for task, individual capability, load and environment.
The danger of abrasive wheels was included in the presentation. Nearly half of all accidents involving abrasive wheels are due to an unsafe system of work or operator error. Wheel blade safety was addressed including the requirement to inspect blade before use and to never use a damaged blade. It also listed the PPE to be worn during operation.
Working at height
Alarmed at the statistic that 11 people die each year from ladder misuse, it is vital when working at height that safety procedures are adhered to. It is advised to check the ladders aren’t damaged before using. Before using ladders, it is important to check there are no electrical cables within the vicinity. The presentation also looked at the correct way to carry ladders and the correct angle to lean the ladders at.
Accreditations and health and safety go hand in hand
Along with our recertification for ISO 9001: 2015, we have a raft of industry accreditations. These range from our Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) to British Damage Management Association (BDMA) accreditation. We also work hard to achieve and maintain the accreditation that our insurance company customers introduce, such as Liverpool Victoria’s LV Green Heart. Each one represents a specific area where we have demonstrated our compliance and meet or exceed the expectations of the auditing body.
It is not unreasonable to expect health and safety to be at the heart of any company’s policies and procedures. But in general, accredited companies offer the customer the highest standard of work, which goes beyond just trustworthiness, competence and compliance.
Commented Liam Hanlon, managing director at The Forshaw Group: “We are always looking at ways to improve our services and ensuring that the team is up to date on health and safety is important. We will continue to review and amend our processes where necessary, as we enter a new phase of our compliance management.”
For further information on The Forshaw Group and its accreditations, visit the website.