Industry leading safety skill has seen bts Group work for five years without an HSE reportable lost time injury (LTI).
This extraordinary milestone has been passed by working hard at the things that keep people safe. bts follows best practice for safety and communication is slick between staff working in the field and the company’s office-based teams.
Halley McCallum, managing director at bts, said: “Safety is at the heart of everything we do. The responsibility is shared by everyone, whether office-based or out in the field. We are trained to look after each other, both in and out of work. We go by the rule that everyone should return home, safely, at the end of each day”.
For a company in the utility sector to exceed 1826 days with no LTI, especially in an industry with the dangers posed by tree surgery, is exceptional.
“It demonstrates our commitment to safety excellence,” Halley McCallum added.
The company’s approach is to learn what it can, wherever it can. Whenever there’s an incident, of any kind, bts’s safety team investigates thoroughly, identifies the underlying causes, and uses the knowledge to reduce the likelihood of similar incident reoccurring. The team works hard to keep the company compliant with health and safety regulations.
With headquarters in Needham Market, bts Group works for clients in East Anglia, East and West Midlands and Scotland.
In 2016, bts received a Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in recognition of the company’s achievements in operational safety.
A lost time injury is an injury sustained in the workplace, resulting in the individual having time off. Under health and safety regulations, lost time injury needs to be reported when a worker has been unable to work for more than seven days, as a result of an injury.
The milestone was reached by staff at bts being aware of the hazards within their work sites and by managing and reducing the risks they face.
Check out the November edition of Pro Arb Magazine where on page 22 we interviewed Graham Dawdry of bts group about the best practice when working at height.