Initiative launched to keep workers and pupils ‘All Safe’

Spreading safety message at workplaces and schools.

Staff at a local building and maintenance company have been spreading site and work safety messages to their employees, members of their supply chain and over 500 Birmingham pupils.

The series of toolbox talks were carried out during ‘All Safe’ week – a Willmott Dixon initiative aimed at raising awareness of health and safety in all aspects of the workplace. The activities were undertaken across the Birmingham area as Willmott Dixon continues its work in partnership with Birmingham City Council.

Members of the team held a series of events including a staff charity fundraising evening designed to refresh on the implications of working within tenants homes, a calendar competition for schools and school construction safety sessions.

During the fundraising evening, attended by staff and subcontractors, Willmott Dixon’s director of operations, Pauline Chatt informed the Midlands team of the company’s success in attaining the RoSPA gold award for their commitment to health and safety. She also awarded a gold Green Achiever Award to local waste contractor, Sherringtons Waste Management Ltd and a Willmott Dixon ‘All Safe’ award to M&H Building Services Ltd. All three awards further demonstrate Willmott Dixon’s commitment to health and safety across the business and its supply chain.

The events were part of Willmott Dixon’s company-wide ‘All Safe’ initiative. Launched in 2012, All Safe is a set of principles that sit at the forefront of all business activity. It intends to create a positive culture that covers the way employees and all organisations working directly for Willmott Dixon, think, act and work together every day.

Pauline Chatt said: “These events represent part of Willmott Dixon’s ‘All Safe’ initiative. Everyone working directly with us must commit to our health and safety programme and these events further reinforce the messages.”

During the week Willmott Dixon’s Midlands health, safety and environmental manager, Richard Ball, also delivered a series of safety presentations to over 500 pupils across the city. Working with three schools and colleges, Richard and his team informed about the dangers of building sites.

Pauline added: “We feel that it’s important for young people in the area to learn how to behave responsibly on a construction site, and to be aware of all the measures we take as a company, to ensure that our work is carried out as safely as possible.”

Willmott Dixon Partnerships is currently working with Birmingham City Council to repair and maintain 60,000 properties in the city. It’s two contracts for the north and south of the city includes the areas of Edgbaston, Hall Green, Northfield, Selly Oak, Ladywood, Erdington, Perry Barr and Sutton Coldfield.

Mick Williamson, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon Partnerships said; “This is very much part of our Transforming Communities ethos which is about making a real and positive difference to the lives of people living locally.

“We want to play an active part in delivering initiatives that leave a real legacy and we recently wrote an article, called Transforming Communities, to share ideas and help organisations deliver sustainable growth to help communities through these current austere times.”