Health and Safety

Rigorous procedures and low-risk construction methods deliver assured safety performance

There’s no room for compromise when it comes to health and safety – and nothing matters more to Portakabin Group than ensuring the safety and well-being of its people, customers and visitors.

Modular construction itself is an inherently safe, low-risk building method, and as a business we uphold the highest standards of health and safety training, practice and monitoring at our premises and on every site where we work.

Modular construction: an inherently safe building method

Factory-based construction not only produces buildings to consistently high standards, it also minimises health and safety risks. Because less time is spent on site, there is less noise and disruption, as well as a reduction in risks associated with poor weather and adverse site conditions. It makes modular construction sites cleaner and less congested than traditional construction sites – and therefore safer.

Modular construction involves up to 90% fewer vehicle movements to, from and within the construction site – making for a much safer working environment, as well as reducing the number of lorries on the roads. Low-level lifting mechanisms devised by Portakabin Group mean that modules can be positioned on site with no need for working at height. Trips and falls from height are a major cause of incidents on conventional building sites. A modular building project also requires just 20% of the usual number of people on site, since so much of the construction work and fitting out takes place in the factory.

What’s more, all work – both in the factory and on-site – is carried out by our own highly trained and experienced specialists, helping to uphold the highest standards of safety and quality in every build.

Risk assessments, training and vigilance keep everyone safe

Safeguarding the health and welfare of everyone on our sites, whether employee, contractor or visitor, is of paramount importance to us. A culture of health and safety vigilance and excellence is embedded in our company strategy. We provide weekly briefings and ongoing training in all aspects of health and safety practice and management for all staff. Recognising that Health and Safety is a line-management responsibility, our dedicated Health and Safety Manager and team of advisers ensure health and safety remains integral to everything we do.

For every construction project, we carry out detailed risk assessments and produce project-specific method statements and health and safety plans. All operatives on site receive project-specific induction training, as well as regular briefings and awareness sessions. Regular site inspections are carried out by line managers, our own health and safety team and by external consultants to ensure the highest standards of safety are maintained at all times.

Track record of safe working on challenging sites

Portakabin Group has a long track record of working to the exacting health and safety procedures required by highly regulated industries, such as nuclear, health and rail. We have safely delivered buildings of all sizes on some of the most challenging sites, governed by the strictest health and safety regulations. The clean, unobtrusive nature of modular construction makes it ideally suited to sites where noise, dust, traffic and other disruptive activities need to be minimised.

Portakabin Group recognises that one accident is too many, and our Zero Harm policy means exactly that: our mind-set for every task is to complete it safely every time, every day and never to accept that accidents must be tolerated as part of doing business.

Independent accreditations for safety assurance

The rigour and integrity of our health and safety management systems is verified by independent accreditations and certifications, including:

  • OHSAS 18001

This comprehensive health and safety standard covers our impact on health and safety, both for employees and in the design and manufacture of our products. The standard is measured against an independent benchmark of set criteria, and OHSAS 18001 accreditation ensures that those standards are achieved and maintained.

  • CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme)

As a CHAS-accredited supplier, our health and safety policies, systems and procedures are rigorously assessed by independent specialists.

  • CSCS cards

Every member of our on-site workforce carries a CSCS card, assuring you that they are fully trained and qualified for their roles.

For more information, please download our health and safety policy.

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