George’s work experience at VGC

George writes: My name is George Toogood and for two weeks I was at work experience at VGC Group. I worked for Zena Wigram, marketing manager. I got the opportunity for this experience after Zena heard I was looking for a positive way to spend…

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Terry the tortoise comes home

Terry the tortoise, who went missing in early July from his home in west Hull, was rescued from the nearby railway and returned home by rail worker Alan Axon. Loving owner Tracy Taylor, who has owned Terry for 14 years,…

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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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Network Rail Star award for Crossrail Anglia

Network Rail has given a Star award to VGC for work on Crossrail Anglia. The prestigious award was presented by Fenton Newport, Network Rail programme manager for Crossrail Anglia, during the project’s safety ‘Step up’ meeting on 1 July. VGC…

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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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Millions of safe hours on 4LM

The Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) programme has hit three million hours without a RIDDOR*. This was confirmed after the Period 3 report, proving that 4LM continues to put safety first. The last RIDDOR took place back in period 8 2014/15,…

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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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Key influencer introduction day

Ten workers who attended a key influencer introduction day last week were unanimous in their approval. The day served as an introduction to the longer key influencer course. Richard Wheeler, HSQE manager, discussed how behavioural safety can be used to…

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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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