Can you afford to take the risk? Can your brand afford it?
It’s a staggering statistic that there are more than 7,000 injuries a year caused by falling objects on construction sites (according to a PeopleSafe report 2015/16). This includes injury resulting from inadequately-installed hoarding, signage and banners. The Building Safety Group record that safety breaches for working at height actually increased 13% quarter to quarter in 2018.
House-builder Barratt is to revisit its Health & Safety policy after a 22% increase in reportable incidents in the year to June 30th 2018. This caused Barratt’s CEO, David Thomas to commission a review into factors causing the increase and to reiterate a full commitment to, “the highest standards of health and safety on our sites.”
The Evening Standard ran a story as recently as 2016 about a construction firm fined more than £100,000 when a 10-metre section of poorly-secured hoarding collapsed and injured a passer-by.
Similar incidents in previous years (as per Health & Safety Practitioner), caused serious injury to the general public – including a broken back and brain damage – and have led to prosecution and serious reputational damage for the firms involved. And in 2013, the Daily Mail highlighted the story of a man who was tragically killed when a strong gust of wind dislodged hoarding in north London.
At City and County Graphics, we won’t let you down – and neither will our signage
It’s why at City and County, when we’re installing any signage, banners, hoarding, flags or structure, we take absolutely no chances. For every hoarding-run we put up, for every sign we install and most certainly for every building wrap or banner hung, we complete and submit full structural reports and risk-assessments and ensure they are followed to the last detail.
We actually turn down business if we are asked to cut corners. And as the construction industry evolves, the need to submit Temporary Works forms and comply with tighter regulations means that we are already well poised to service housebuilders and developers more than adequately.
We never want to be in the situation where, by not adhering to full Health and Safety protocols, we could hurt a member of the public, one of your customers, one of your staff or one of our own.
Our policy of zero-tolerance when it comes to risk, does mean you’ll sometimes pay a bit more; but it also means that you’ll get a lot more – particularly when it comes to peace of mind.
And surely that’s invaluable, for your brand and for your customers.
*Source, “PeopleSafe report 2015/16”