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One size fits all approach to health & safety

World of Duty Free, Heathrow fit-out by The Alan Nuttall Partnership Ltd.

Operations Director, Simon Frith from the Shopfitting specialist, The Alan Nuttall Partnership Ltd, tells all why Nuttall’s approach to Health & Safety on site remains exactly the same whether the job is worth £2,000 or £2 million pound.

Simon Frith; who joined the Midlands-based shopfitting and interior display specialist in 2009, started off his time by implementing a complete overhaul of the company’s safety approach.

Top of his agenda was to introduce safety training for all the staff, setting a baseline of four training courses that all staff including project managers, quantity surveyors, site managers and estimators must complete. These include CSCS (The Construction Skills Certification Scheme), SMSTS (the Site Manager Safety Training Scheme), asbestos awareness and environmental awareness.

Simon Frith comments:

The benefits are that everyone then holds the same knowledge, they understand that they are dutyholders, that everyone’s a cog in the wheel.

Frith also established designated “mobile phone zones” on working sites, outside of which, the use of mobile phones is strictly forbidden. These zones were first introduced on Nuttall’s eight Heathrow projects, proving very successful in reducing the number of construction hazards as by removing the attention on phones, workers on the site can now give full concentration to their surroundings.

Another initiative introduced, was the mandatory on-site assessment. With height being one of Nuttall’s most critical risks, a new form was devised for work at height risk assessments, in which it is compulsory for it to be completed on site by the site manager and contractor team leader. Encouraging workers to be more mindful of the potential risks, the form requires details of the works and their duration and a checklist of hazards. Since it was introduced, Nuttalls has never had an incident to date of a fall from height.

Simon Frith adds:

Whether it’s a £2000 new unit, or a £2 million pound refit, our Health and Safety approach remains exactly the same. We don’t tailor it according to the site or size of the job because of time pressure, which is an issue in the industry.

Nuttall’s high expectation for health and safety standard on site and a desire to match the commitment of the construction industry’s biggest players have already brought it recognition in the form of its Heathrow awards and its accreditation to the standard OHSAS 18001.

We have a robust health and safety management system in place which we are very proud of,” Frith concludes, “and we strive to continually innovate and improve our systems.

Already recognised as one of the UK’s leading shopfitters, The Alan Nuttall Partnership Ltd specialises in interior fit-out, main and principal contracting, retail display design, manufacture and installation of fixtures, signage, foodservice and refrigeration equipment for retail, commercial, hospitality, leisure, foodservice and the public sector.