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

Be Safe by Choice with VGCMonthly ‘Be Safe’ briefings are sent to all staff.

They include information to increase staff awareness of safety.

These briefings are discussed at the monthly operational meetings. Then they are cascaded to all operations staff, and printed out for those who do not use a computer regularly.

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

The July 2018 Be safe brief (370kb pdf) includes:

  • recording HAVS
  • sun protection
  • waste and fire precautions


The June 2018 Be Safe brief (521kb pdf) includes:

  • Why you should always wear a seatbelt
  • Lessons learned re service strikes, working at height and people plant interface

The April 2018 Be Safe brief (342kb pdf) includes:

  • lessons from other sites
  • bird nesting season
  • HAVS reminder

The March 2018 Be Safe brief (356kb pdf) includes:

  • lessons learned – always have three points of contact
  • reminder re personal liability if you are unsafe
  • Women in VGC network launch

The February 2018 Be Safe brief (178kb pdf) includes:

  • a reminder about newly-electrified OLE around County End and Gidea Park
  • smart motorway speed cameras
  • lessons learned on temporary covers over excavations.

February’s safety alert (237kb pdf) is on language and behaviour: if you are concerned about someone’s language or behaviour on site, whether or not it is directed at you, please raise it with your supervisor immediately.

The January 2018 Be Safe brief (472kb pdf) includes:

  • plant-people interface
  • banter on site
  • winter vomiting bug

January’s safety alert is on handling injuries (511kb pdf)

The December 2017 Be Safe brief (772kb pdf) includes:

  • injury trends (still led by backs and fingers)
  • lessons learned – beware putting yourself at risk by being casual about your work
  • being aware of modern slavery

The December safety alert is on plant people interface (562kb pdf)

The November 2017 Be Safe brief (525kb pdf) includes:

  • lessons learned
  • injury trends (backs and fingers)
  • Movember encouraging conversations around physical and mental health

The October 2017 Be Safe brief (256kb) includes:

  • a warning about the clocks changing and increased risk of accidents
  • Stoptober
  • OSHtober

We have also started doing themed safety alerts. October’s alert (458kb pdf) is on mental health.

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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