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Safety Accolade For Costain JV

14 June 2013

Costain has further underlined its commitment to safety, with the GCA joint venture (jv) delivering United Utilities’ (UU) AMP 5 Framework passing 3 million hours without a lost-time incident.

GCA comprises Galliford Try, Costain and Atkins. The jv, whose Costain members come from the Natural Resources Division, undertakes maintenance, repair and upgrade projects on a swathe of UU sites across northwest England.

GCA Framework Director, Mick Ogden, put the jv’s industry-leading performance down to a combination of strong leadership, coupled with rigorously enforced, robust procedures and backed up with a behavioural-based programme of training and engagement.

UU senior management added its support for the jv’s efforts to ensure safe working.

“This is an absolutely fantastic achievement and one that you should all be rightly proud of,” commented Engineering & Capital Delivery Director, Neil Colman. “This consistent level of performance does not come without robust work processes, good systems, focused leadership and that constant desire to challenge and improve.”

Colleague Damien Hackett, General Manager for the UU Process Alliance, added: “It goes without saying that this is an outstanding achievement. It proves if we get the culture correct we can deliver safe projects, send everyone home safe at the end of the shift and deliver on the belief that nothing we do is worth getting hurt for. A huge ‘Well done’.”

Their comments were echoed by Costain Safety, Health & Environment Director, Peter Fisher: “It’s very gratifying to see all the effort we put in on instilling good health and safety practices paying off. Everyone at Costain knows that it takes a combination of the right behaviours, constant vigilance and attention to detail every day to get a result like this.

“It’s an outstanding effort and one that we want to emulate and extend throughout the Company’s sites.”