Manual handling: train the trainer courses

Richard writes: Our new manual handling ‘train the trainer’ scheme is about empowering people on site to make sure they’re safe. The training is part of our ongoing work to reduce the risk of harm to our workers. We identified…

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Building a badger sett

Michael writes: We’ve been working on an unusual and rather interesting project – an artificial badger sett. As part of our works at Crossrail Anglia for principal contractor Costain, we were asked to install a sett for a colony of…

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RICS construction market survey

Ciara writes: The RICS quarterly construction market survey suggests a positive outlook for the rest of this year. However, skills shortages are still a major issue. 55% of the people who responded to the survey by the Royal Institution of…

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Excellent key influencer refresher day

Richard writes: On 30 March we had a refresher day for our key influencers. The day allowed our key influencers to get together to compare notes and discuss their work. We met in the Warwick Ramada hotel at 8.30am on…

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17 days work non-stop over Christmas

John writes: All of the people involved in the huge push over Christmas and New Year in north Lincolnshire should be very proud of themselves. The Red route was handed back on time on 30 December, and the Blue route…

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Winter driving

John writes: Driving is more hazardous during bad weather, so please do take care. Check the forecast, plan your journey allowing time for delays, slow down, and be prepared for mistakes by others. We want everyone to get to work…

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Company update Dec 2015

Zena writes: At last week’s company update, Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick, Managing Director Laurence McKidd and Group Services Director Ciara Pryce talked about the progress VGC has made in 2015, and plans for next year. Sean pointed out that VGC has…

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Constructing Better Health medicals

Julie writes: Since VGC started work on the Crossrail projects, we have placed 100% of the workforce based at Bond Street station on Constructing Better Health (CBH) medicals. By conducting regular health checks for the workers, we are helping to…

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Volunteering with Crossrail

Aasim writes: I volunteered this summer for an opportunity through Crossrail with the local council and local residents. The project was to help clean up a woodlands area in Brentwood called La Parta Grove. We helped them with litter-picking, some…

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SCPV safety workshop

Will writes: Friday’s SCPV* (switch and crossing panel vehicle) meeting in Beeston went really well. The meeting was jointly hosted by Network Rail and VGC. Thanks to Progress Rail for the use of the venue, and to everyone who came…

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Perfect score for Costain Skanska JV HR audit

Chris writes: I’m really pleased that all of the personnel packs audited by Costain Skanska on our Bond Street staff were correct. They were all in full compliance with our client’s requirements. Lucy and Ernest from Costain Skanska JV spent…

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Helping the public

John writes: I’m proud of two of my men who helped a sick woman recently. David Walsh and Andrew Donnelly came across an unconscious woman lying on the road as they were going home at the end of their shift.…

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