VGC safety briefing at London Bridge
Bradley, Prabu, Jagdip, Richard and Jed

Be Safe by Choice with VGCWe send monthly ‘Be Safe’ briefings to all staff.

They include key safety information and updates to reduce the chances of an accident on site.

The briefings are discussed at the monthly operational meetings. Then all operations staff get a link to the webpage with the information.

The page is fully responsive so it is easy to read on a smartphone or tablet of any size. We also include a video version of the brief, so if you don’t like reading, you can watch the video instead.

After you have read the briefing or watched the video, we ask you to click on a button to confirm that. Our managers contact people who have not clicked, to make sure they are aware of key safety messages.

The January 2021 Be Safe brief includes:

  • congratulations to Clive Webster
  • how to raise safety issues
  • receiving a work brief before you go on site

The Christmas 2020 Be Safe brief video

The December 2020 Be Safe brief includes:

  • cheers to Damian Walsh
  • mobile phones on site
  • vehicle checks

The November 2020 Be Safe brief includes:

  • cheers to the M25 team
  • commuting for work
  • Healthy Workplaces ‘Lighten the load’

The October 2020 Be Safe brief includes:

  • thank you to Jose Luiz
  • information about the clocks changing
  • welfare facilities
  • World Mental Health day

The September 2020 Be Safe brief includes:

  • silica dust warning
  • reminder on PPE
  • manual handling

The August 2020 Be Safe brief includes:

  • an asbestos safety alert
  • child dies on construction site
  • cheers to Seb Borgers

The July 2020 Be Safe brief includes:

  • telehandler fatal accident
  • sun safety
  • alcohol-based sanitiser causing fires

The June 2020 Be Safe brief includes:

  • get a brief before you start
  • near miss from plant
  • face coverings and face masks

The May 2020 Be Safe brief video

The January 2020 Be Safe brief (email) (106kb pdf))

The October 2019 Be Safe brief (388kb pdf) includes:

  • the risks involved in the clock changes
  • a reminder about speeding
  • do not override safety devices

The September 2019 Be Safe brief (356kb pdf) includes:

  • hand safety week
  • being aware of silica and dust
  • making sure you wear the correct PPE

The August 2019 Be Safe brief (145kb) includes:

  • fairness, inclusion and respect
  • giant hogweed warning
  • new touch lookout procedures

The July 2019 Be Safe brief (255 kb pdf) includes:

  • working around dust
  • drug and alcohol tests
  • summer working

The June 2019 Be Safe brief (861kb pdf) includes:

  • a warning re acid etching vandalism
  • chains manufactured by Force are quarantined
  • wellbeing brief: Healthy Eating week

The May 2019 Be Safe brief (321kb pdf) includes:

  • new guidance from Costain on dumpers and rollers
  • insulated tools and permit to dig to keep everyone safe
  • mental health awareness week

The April 2019 Be Safe brief (264kb pdf) includes:

  • lanyard safety alert
  • why you should wear the correct boots
  • malicious items on track

The March 2019 Be Safe brief (445kb pdf) includes:

  • bird-nesting season
  • warning re brush cutting
  • power lead left on track (non VGC)

The February 2019 Be Safe brief (801kb pdf) includes:

  • Time to Talk day
  • fatigue
  • finger injuries

The January 2019 Be Safe brief (441kb pdf) includes:

  • slips, trips and falls
  • noise awareness
  • State of Mind Sport

The December 2018 Be Safe brief (369kb pdf)includes:

  • Christmas pay
  • manual handling
  • awards

The November 2018 Be Safe brief (278kb pdf) includes:

  • tips for autumn driving
  • spotting the signs of modern slavery
  • unchartered service just 20mm deep

The October 2018 Be Safe brief (338kb pdf) includes:

  • waste management
  • plant and people
  • getting to and from work

The September 2018 Be Safe brief (1.08MB – please be aware this is a big file) includes:

  • fuel and noise pollution
  • construction worker helpline
  • wellbeing and fatigue

The August 2018 Be Safe brief (454kb pdf) includes:

  • oak processionary moth
  • buried services
  • Weil’s disease


Older Be Safe brief pdfs are saved on the archive page.

Our commitment to health and safety – not just senior management, but embedded throughout the organisation –  is an indication of how highly VGC values all staff.

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