A leading civil engineering firm who worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been named Wales member of the year by the UK’s largest construction safety group.
Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK scooped the Member of the Year – Wales award from the Building Safety Group (BSG) for best practice in health and safety in the Wales region.
Its team continued to work on projects across the UK, bringing in additional precautions to protect the health of employees and their families as well as the public during the coronavirus.
Its efforts included COVID-19 risk assessment & site rules, an awareness video, social distancing measures, additional welfare and cleaning regimes and approved Permit to Work system when working less than two metres.
Jones Bros was also awarded the member of the year award by BSG in 2018. The Building Safety Group aims to help organisations minimise the risk of incidents in the workplace and keep organisations up to date on all health, safety and environmental regulations.
Mike Jolley, senior health, safety and environment manager, said: “Keeping all of our workforce and the communities around our projects safe is the number one focus of Jones Bros, so to be recognised for our efforts is a massive boost for us. It builds on and endorses the previous awards we have won.
“Recent examples of our commitment to health and safety include clocking a quarter of a million hours worked on the recently completed Wigan A49 link road site without a lost time injury. We also hosted a ‘Boots on the Ground’ event with Balfour Beatty on the site of the Caernarfon and Bontnewydd Bypass.
“We also continue to use Incident Prevention Cards (IPC) with approximately 380 submitted each month via our IPC app, an increase from last year. It enables employees to not only report potentially unsafe acts or conditions, but to report safe observations and methods, which reinforces our high standards.
“I want to thank all Jones Bros management and employees for their efforts and hard work, especially during COVID-19. We worked throughout, adhering to government social distancing regulations and guidance, when guidance and regulations changes, we then review and made the appropriate changes.”
The importance of health and safety is felt throughout the entire workforce, from new starters to supervisors. In 2016, senior managers signed a pledge to show their commitment to the ‘Together Safer’ programme, which aims to encourage all staff to take personal ownership of health and safety.
Mike added: “I’m immensely proud of our achievements and our approach to reducing risk in the workplace. To operate at the highest levels of health and safety requires everyone to pull together, not just individuals.
“We will continue to raise the bar when it comes to standards in the industry.”
In 2019, works manager Gareth Jones was awarded Site Manager of the Year by BSG for the A49 link road scheme in Wigan.
Earlier this year, the family firm was also awarded the highest status of health and safety for the 12th consecutive year by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Established in the 1950s, Jones Bros’ leadership team consists of members of the second and third generations of the founding family. It employs close to 500 people.
The company runs an award-winning apprenticeship scheme, which has produced more than 40 per cent of its current workforce, with many of its senior managers having started out as apprentices or in a trainee role. It has recruited more than 100 apprentices during the past three years.
For more information visit www.jones-bros.com