Alex Soare with Balfour Beatty manager

John writes:

Congratulations to Alexandru Soare, who was recently given an A2 observation award by Balfour Beatty.

The photo shows Balfour Beatty director Mick McCarry (right) presenting Alex with his award. He had suggested handrails be fitted to the side of welfare units to allow people to exit safely if the unit was positioned at the top of a battery, or in the central reservation. His suggestion went all the way to Highways England, who were so impressed with the idea that they plan to introduce it on all sites.

Alex works on the M5 at Droitwich near Birmingham for Balfour Beatty. The VGC teams are working on installing gantries and drainage systems for the M5 smart motorway scheme. He is a traffic marshal, so he uses barriers to stop people entering the plant exclusion zones. His job is very important for safety and I like the way he thinks about safety right across the site too.

As a thank-you, VGC offered him the chance to do his SSSTS ticket. That’s the CITB Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme Site Safety Plus course. Alex and access co-ordinator John Milnes, who is another really good worker, both went on the course in Cambridge.

Both of them repaid our investment by passing with flying colours, which I am very pleased about. They will make good site supervisors – they have the right attitude.

The two-day SSSTS course introduces would-be site supervisors to their legal responsibilities regarding health, safety, welfare and environmental issues. it covers:

  • the Health and Safety at Work Act
  • specific site issues that challenge supervisors on a daily basis
  • effective toolbox talks
  • supervision of occupational health
  • behavioural safety
  • CITB Site Safety Plus certificate.
John Daly
Author: John Daly, labour manager

The qualification must be renewed every five years by attending the SSSTS refresher course.

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