Health & safety

We work in the most demanding of environments; health and safety is the rock on which our operation is built.

From the precision of Aston Martin Formula One Team to the stringent requirements of HS2, our operations and health and safety teams work closely together to provide a seamless and safe working environment for everyone.

We deliver using our own fleet of vehicles and use our well-trained rigging teams to build every structure. Our list of accreditations demonstrates the level of commitment we devote to staff, client and public welfare around our structures and build sites.

From our overall policies to method statements for different structure types, risk assessments for all activities and documented inspection systems of our equipment, you can be sure that our tried and tested systems can be relied upon.

Our Structures

All of our structures conform to wind loading stipulations (BS6399) and special care is taken by us to heat structures in winter, to prevent build up of snow on the roofs of our structures.

The materials used in our structures are fire retardant to current British Standards (PVC flammability testing to BS7837) – Structural steelwork conforms to BS5950 and structural aluminium to BS8118. Linings are flammability tested to BS5867 and all electrical equipment is Portable Appliance Tested (PAT tested) annually.

Our People

Fews staff are amongst the most experienced, well trained and qualified in our industry.

We invest heavily in gaining the accreditations that allow us to work in the most challenging conditions, and this extends to all Fews employees and contractors.

Every person has a personal training plan designed to ensure that they have the necessary skills to complete their work in the most efficient and safe way possible.

Our comprehensive training matrix ensures that all our personnel from Senior Management through to office staff and  marquee riggers receive the very best training available.

This is a very fluid part of our Health and Safety training and Fews are always looking at ways to improve the skill base of their workforce. Our continuous improvement philosophy is ingrained in all our staff

Risk: What our Health and Safety means for you

Constructing temporary buildings on operational sites requires a skilled workforce with specific qualifications. We provide a tailored service to such sites to make sure that all construction works are isolated and the public is safe. It is of critical importance that we reduce the risk of injury to the lowest possible levels to minimise your liability and protect all stakeholders.  You can trust us, and this is why:

Compliance & Accreditations

Maintaining high professional standards is fundamental to the Fews approach. We have many health and safety, process and environmental accreditations including CHAS Elite, SafeContractor, Constructionline Silver, ISO9001 and ISO14001.

DBS Checked Staff

All personnel involved in the construction process must undergo Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks to ensure a safe and secure working environment in proximity to the public.

Flexible Delivery Schedule

The ability to deliver materials outside of regular hours is essential to minimise disruptions to the ongoing educational activities and ensure the safety of the public and staff alike. This requires coordination and planning to ensure a seamless construction process.

Health and Safety

There are a number of essential accreditations that are required to work in any environment.  Fews also operate on numerous nuclear sites which means a much higher level of training and accreditation.  There is more information on our accreditations and training programmes.

Visibility of Staff and Vehicles

All of our site staff wear branded hi-viz clothing and all of our vehicles are clearly branded for easy identification to ensure the safety of the public and staff.

Safe Public. Safe Crew. Safe You.

Our Accreditations

Nick Gray – Health, Safety & Compliance Manager

As part of our journey into new markets, we have continually invested in our people, processes and equipment to meet ever more challenging build environments.

Recent contracts with HS2 and others have meant constant reappraisal of our crew training and industry accreditations.

Nick Gray joined us in early 2022 to oversee our approach to Health and Safety, bringing with him over 20 years experience in warehousing distribution and quality management. This is enhanced with a green belt in Six Sigma with the emphasis on continuous improvement and change management.

We consider ourselves to be amongst the best in our industry with respect to H&S, and Nick will be making sure we stay ahead of the game.

Main Qualifications

  • MBA (Dissertation in Change Management based on the Toyota Production System using Kanban & Kaizen)
  • NEBOSH General Certificate
  • Advanced Fire Risk Assessment Qualification Through WMFS which is IFE Accredited
  • Qualified H&S Trainer
  • BSI Lead Auditor
  • Member of IOSH
  • Qualified Mental Health First Aid Trainer

Nick Gray – Health, Safety & Compliance Manager

As part of our journey into new markets, we have continually invested in our people, processes and equipment to meet ever more challenging build environments.

Recent contracts with HS2 and others have meant constant reappraisal of our crew training and industry accreditations.

Nick Gray joined us in early 2022 to oversee our approach to Health and Safety, bringing with him over 20 years experience in warehousing distribution and quality management. This is enhanced with a green belt in Six Sigma with the emphasis on continuous improvement and change management.

We consider ourselves to be amongst the best in our industry with respect to H&S, and Nick will be making sure we stay ahead of the game.

Main Qualifications

  • MBA (Dissertation in Change Management based on the Toyota Production System using Kanban & Kaizen)
  • NEBOSH General Certificate
  • Advanced Fire Risk Assessment Qualification Through WMFS which is IFE Accredited
  • Qualified H&S Trainer
  • BSI Lead Auditor
  • Member of IOSH
  • Qualified Mental Health First Aid Trainer

Training Matrix Summary

Site Staff

Fews always ensure that all workers employed in any location on their behalf will be suitably qualified in line with the requirements of the site.

In addition, we ensure that they will be competent at the tasks that they are required to undertake.

The matrix here to the left shows the minimum levels that our on-site crew must attain, and the ambitions of Fews for them to achieve in the future. In many cases the ambitions have already been achieved.

This clearly demonstrates how Fews are able to operate on some of the most sensitive sites in the UK.

Office Staff

All office staff undergo regular training in role specific courses and general H&S related competences including:

  • Manual handling
  • Ladder safety
  • Working at height
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • GDPR
  • Cyber Essentials

 

Yard and Warehouse Personnel

All of our yard and warehouse personnel undergo training in these areas, as well as more role specific courses:

  • Manual handling
  • Ladder safety
  • Working at height
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Banksman essentials
  • Spill kit training
  • Counterbalance Lift Truck up to and including 5 tonne
  • Lorry Mounted Lift Truck Reach Attachments: Includes forks/shift & Four way

Operational Function

Minimum Qualification

Target Qualification

All Crew including Rigger Structure safe

Manual handling

Ladder safety

Working at height

Drug and alcohol awareness

Banksman essentials

Spill kit training

CSCS HS&E test, CSCS green card

Hand arm vibration training

Driver awareness

PUWER training

Abrasive wheels safety

PASMA

First aid at work

COSHH awareness

FLT Operator – NPORS

 

Lorry mounted lift truck reach

Attachments: includes forks/shift & four way

Counterbalance lift truck up to and including 5 tonne

CSCS blue card

Safety critical medical

MEWP Operator – NPORS IPAF (3a & 3b) CSCS blue card

Safety critical medical

Telehandler Telescopic handler – Suspended Loads all sizes excluding 360 slew

Telescopic handler up top 9 metres

CSCS blue card

Safety critical medical

Foreman First aid work

 

NPORS: Slinger / singnaller

CSCS supervisors card

NPORS: CAT & genny

Safety critical medical

SSSTS

CSCS MAP test

COSHH awareness

Project Manager SMSTS

First aid at work

IOSH

CSCS supervisors card

CSCS MAP test

IPAF mangers & professional

Mental health first aid

Asbestos awareness

Insight From A Project Manager

“At FEWS, we understand that excellence in health and safety is not just a goal; it’s a culture we cultivate daily. As we contribute our expertise to projects like HS2, we take pride in the rigorous discipline we’ve acquired. This experience doesn’t merely benefit a singular endeavor; it becomes ingrained in our company ethos.

By applying the lessons learned from high-profile projects, we ensure that the gold standard in health and safety becomes second nature across every facet of our operations. Through this seamless integration, we not only meet but exceed expectations, creating a lasting legacy of safety in every structure we offer.” – Barnaby Jones

Insight From A Project Manager

“At FEWS, we understand that excellence in health and safety is not just a goal; it’s a culture we cultivate daily. As we contribute our expertise to projects like HS2, we take pride in the rigorous discipline we’ve acquired. This experience doesn’t merely benefit a singular endeavor; it becomes ingrained in our company ethos.

By applying the lessons learned from high-profile projects, we ensure that the gold standard in health and safety becomes second nature across every facet of our operations. Through this seamless integration, we not only meet but exceed expectations, creating a lasting legacy of safety in every structure we offer.” – Barnaby Jones

Temporary building erection using crane and cherry picker
Installation of roof purlin
Temporary building erection
Installing steel wall panels
Safe use of equipment
Hi-vis PPE
Tony
Matt
Lucy

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Tony, Matt, and Lucy are our dedicated project managers with extensive expertise and experience leading major builds. One of them will guide you through every step of the process.