Awards for National Grid team

John writes: Three people working for us on the north Deeside (Connah’s Quay) sub-station job have helped the site to win two safety awards. Connah’s Quay won the Best Project award and the EAC project won the 100% Safe award…

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Manual handling awareness presentation

Richard writes: This week I gave a presentation on manual handling awareness at the Balfour Beatty A21 Tonbridge to Pembury road widening project. In fact, I held two presentations. One at 07.00 attended by the workforce and supervisors, and one…

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Ethical labour standard launch

Ciara writes: I was delighted to attend the launch of the Ethical Labour Standard earlier this month. BRE has developed this new standard to add to existing standards including ISO 6001 and SA8000, as well as the implementation of the…

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Why electronic payslips?

Elaine writes: I am the payroll manager for the VGC Group. I am responsible for running a weekly payroll for over 1,200 people working on sites across the UK. Over the last 12 months we have brought in electronic payslips.…

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Company update June 2016

Zena writes: At last week’s company update, the senior directors discussed our achievements since the last meeting. Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick talked about our sadness at the death of Michael Elwood. Michael retired as operations manager for the rail delivery team…

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Visit to Citrus plant training centre

Julie writes: Earlier this month Laura Perry and I visited the Citrus plant training centre in Northampton. Health and safety training company Citrus runs health and safety awareness CITB courses for us. These are part of supporting our workers: making sure…

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Things to remember if you’re recruiting

Matt writes: If you’re recruiting, remember: you need to be an attractive employer. The latest State of Trade Survey by Build UK (online pdf) describes how shortages are now intensifying among white collar staff. Contractors report problems recruiting supervisors, managerial,…

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Visitor from Oz to research behavioural safety

Bob writes: On Tuesday 7 June Peter Cooper visited our office in Ruislip to learn about our behavioural safety programme ‘Be Safe By Choice with VGC’. This was of particular interest to me as Peter, who lives mainly in Australia…

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A brush with skin cancer

Zena writes: Please be careful in the sun. My freckle turned out to be cancerous. Luckily for me, it was caught before it spread. The picture shows the ‘freckle’. I’d noticed it in summer 2014, and asked about it, but…

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Employment law seminar

Ciara writes: We were delighted to welcome Robin Aston from Astons Solicitors to our head office in Ruislip. He presented an employment law update to our contract supervisors, HR team, managers and directors. Robin has over 40 years’ experience working…

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John’s Edinburgh marathon – under three hours

John writes: I ran the Edinburgh Marathon on 29 May to raise money for charity Bloodwise. I managed just under three hours, at 2.59.02. So far I’ve raised £844.02 of my £1,000 target and I’m hopeful I’ll get to the…

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Supply Chain Sustainability School infrastructure day

John writes: As part of our ongoing participation, James Callaghan and I attended the Supply Chain Sustainability School infrastructure supplier day in Derby. The day aimed to spark innovation and collaboration between clients, contractors and members of the infrastructure supply…

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