Health and safety remains key for Forticrete during the European Week for Safety and Health at Work

Health and safety

To mark the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, Forticrete has launched a new video to remind its employees about the importance of safety in the work place.

The video is based around The 12 Fundamentals – the main points on which our health and safety policies are built. It is aimed at promoting a culture of safety awareness amongst our employees and highlights how best practice can keep our staff safe, and can be found here.

In addition to the roll-out of the video, during European Week for Safety and Health at Work, Forticrete is also holding health and wellbeing events across our sites. These will include free and confidential health check-ups as well as advice on nutrition and fitness and form part of the health and wellbeing programme currently running across Ibstock plc.

Wayne Sheppard, Chief Executive of Ibstock plc, comments: “Health and safety is our number one priority, and 12 Fundamentals allow us to focus on health and safety in the work place. Our ‘safety begins with me’ culture means staff can report anything which concerns them to their manager. Every accident we can prevent, now and in the future, means that one less person has to suffer the consequences of being hurt whilst they are at work. Our target is zero accidents, particularly lost time accidents, and until we achieve this we will do everything we can to make Ibstock plc the safest place to work.”

Ibstock plc adopted its 12 Fundamentals several years ago to minimise the risks in undertaking hazardous activities where both employees and contractors have historically been injured.

Simon Hayles, Ibstock plc’s Director of Health and Safety, says: “The health and wellbeing of our employees is fundamental to Ibstock’s business. The messages in our new videos are of paramount importance and the European Week for Safety and Health at Work presents the ideal opportunity to reinforce these. Our commitment to health and safety is echoed throughout the organisation and when 12 Fundamentals are followed, many of the risks faced are reduced or removed entirely.”

The 12 Fundamentals, which are based on Ibstock’s daily activities, are;
•Risk assessment
•Mobile plant and pedestrian safety
•Isolation of operating machinery
•Machine guarding
•Confined spaces
•Working from height
•Lifting operations
•Manual handling
•Pressure vessels