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Published by jessica.andrew, 2019-12-05 04:30:16

December HSE Newsletter

December HSE Newsletter

HSE NEWSLETTER

ISSUE 84 DECEMBER 2019
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CONTENTS

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Welcome
Your HSQE Team
HSQE Team 2019 Summary
5 minutes with...
My Idea
Hot Topic - Diabetes
Fatigue
Protected species - hazel dormice
Driving updates
Winter driving
VHRL notices
Colas close call 
H&S at work vital statistics 2019
Safety Matters - Close Call App
Offices
Safety alerts

WELCOME

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WELCOME FROM HEALTH
AND SAFETY MANAGER,
MARK BARRETT

Dear All,

Hello and welcome to the last edition in 2019 of the VHRL HSE Newsletter. To say that it has been a busy
year, for me and my team, is a bit of an understatement. Our three safety advisors have visited many
locations, driven the length and breadth of the country and given thousands of briefs over the past 11
months. The year has also seen the launch of various safety campaigns such as fatigue, driving and health
and wellbeing as well as the first VHRL safety survey, all of which have been successful. Despite all of this
excellent work, we are still having a number of accidents that could have been avoided. 
 
The Christmas period is traditionally very busy for us, which in turn increases the chances of having an
accident, so please remember to Take 5 For Safety. If you see something that is unsafe, then raise it
immediately with your supervisor.

I would like to thank you all for all the support you have given myself and my team over the past year. 
When we have been on sites, you have supported us 100% which makes our job a little easier. 
 
All that is left for me to do is to take this opportunity to wish you and your families
a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. 
All the best for 2020.

Stay safe,

Mark Barrett,
H&S Manager

YOUR HSQE TEAM

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Health and Safety Manager and Close
Call Champion
Mark.Barrett- The Mill
[email protected]
0161 836 7053 / 07717 306 817

HSE Adviser and Close Call Champion
Stephen McKay - Scotland and Newcastle
Stephen. [email protected]
07717 306 733

HSE Adviser and Safety Unit (North)
Jane Hepburn – Manchester, Solutions, Milton
Keynes (North) Doncaster, Market Rasen and
Birmingham
[email protected]
07717 306 797

HSE Adviser and Safety Unit (South)
Alex Wilson - Cardiff, Farnham, Milton Keynes
(South) and Canning Town.  
[email protected]
07717 306 811

HSQE TEAM

SUMMARY 2020

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ALEX WILSON HSE Adviser and Safety Unit (South)

During 2019 I have been operating one of the
fleet of safety briefing vehicles. I have been
travelling the South of England and Wales
briefing staff on our Q2 and Q3 safety briefings
together with any Vital, client or legislative
safety updates. Whilst meeting the staff for
briefings I have also taken the opportunity to
complete site safety tours to see first hand how
VHRL staff, together with staff from other
companies and clients, use the safety ethos of
VHRL in a working ‘ on track’ environment.
During this period I have also been involved in
the investigation of accidents and incidents
whilst liaising with the clients to ensure all
parties are aware of any situations and also
promote a learning culture where lessons
leaned can be cascaded within and outside of
VHRL..

HSQE TEAM

SUMMARY 2020

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STEPHEN MCKAY HSE Adviser and Safety Unit (Scotland)

This has been a very busy year for Vital’s HSE
Team, for Scotland and far North of England. We
started the year with Brew Monday – Chesterfield.
The 3rd Monday in January is recognised when a
large number of people reach breaking point with
their mental health. Our  fleet of safety units, with
qualified mental health first aiders, were deployed
at known high risk locations supporting the
Samaritans as they offered comfort to those in
need.
Health Checks  - Nationwide. We  purchased a set
of equipment to offer free health checks to
operatives across the country. This invaluable
service has yielded great results and has been the
trigger for users with health concerns to seek
appropriate professional medical intervention 
Lifewise – Rotherham. Our fleet department and
safety team hosted an event at Lifewise
where  South Yorkshire Police operate a facility to
safely demonstrate urban hazards and how to
mitigate them. Members of our workforce attended
and were taken through scenarios where safety
was compromised with serious outcomes. 
Rail Live – Long Marston. Vital Projects returned to
Rail Live where Works Manager, Jim Stevenson,
viewed and ordered a Safety Point Unit (see below
right). The portable cabinet can be deployed as
close to a worksite as possible & contains first aid
kits, fire extinguishers and essential safety
information.

5 MINUTES WITH...

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STEVE BRADLEY, LABOUR MANAGER
MILTON KEYNES OFFICE

Describe what you do in 10 words or less.
Operations Manager for Vital Milton Keynes Office
supplying labour in LNWS route.
What part(s) of your job do you enjoy the most?
Interacting with staff and clients ensuring the best
service is provided to both.
What is your proudest achievement so far?
Starting out on track in 2009 and now Operations
Manager for Vital in 2019.
If you hadn’t gone down your chosen career path,
what would you be doing?
I have a degree in surveying so likely a surveyor, or
every kids dream of being a footballer!
What do you do in your spare time?
Spending time with my children who are 7 years old and 18 months old and following
Glasgow’s Green and White (Celtic FC)

TSA team and Andy
Kelly, Rail Manager 

 MY IDEA

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Here at Vital, we are always keen to know the thoughts of our workforce. We
urge our employees to think freely and innovatively so we can provide safe
solutions for any problems that arise on the infrastructure. Now, we are
making it even more simple for you to get your thoughts and ideas heard!

It’s your chance to help us improve and be in with the chance to win £100 of gift
vouchers if your suggestion is put into practice!

Simply go to our website to email us at [email protected] with your
suggestions for improving safety or ideas for innovation.

HOT TOPIC - DIABETES

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What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar (Glucose) level to become
too high because the body can not use it properly. 
What are the Types of Diabetes?
There are 2 main types of diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes
It happens when your body can't produce enough of a hormone called insulin which controls
blood glucose. You need daily injections of insulin to keep your blood glucose levels under
control. Managing type 1 diabetes can take time to get used to, but you can still do all the
things you enjoy. Type 1 diabetes isn't linked with age or being overweight – this is type 2
diabetes.
Getting Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes
Your GP will do a urine test and might check your blood glucose (sugar) level. If they think you
might have diabetes, they will advise you to go to hospital straight away for an assessment.
You'll stay in hospital until you get the blood test results. This is usually the same day. If you
are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a diabetes nurse will show you the things you need to do
to start managing it, such as testing your own blood glucose and how to inject insulin.

Type 2 Diabetes
Where the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the body's cells don't react to insulin. 
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with
diabetes have type 2.
Getting Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is often diagnosed following blood or urine tests for something else. However,
you should see your GP straight away if you have any symptoms of diabetes.
To find out if you have type 2 diabetes, you usually have to go through the following steps:
1. See your GP about your symptoms.
2. Your GP will check your urine and arrange a blood test to check your blood sugar levels. It
usually takes about 1 to 2 days for the results to come back.
3. If you have diabetes, your GP will ask you to come in again so they can explain the test
results and what will happen next. 
4. You'll usually be offered a medicine called metformin first. If your blood sugar levels aren't
lower within 3 months, you may need another medicine. Over time, you may need a
combination of medicines. Your GP or diabetes nurse will recommend the medicines most
suitable for you. Insulin isn't often used for type 2 diabetes in the early years. It's only needed
when other medicines no longer work.

HOT TOPIC - DIABETES

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Common symptoms Diabetes are:
•  feeling very thirsty
•  peeing more than usual, particularly at night
•  feeling very tired
•  losing weight without trying
•  thrush that keeps coming back
•  blurred vision
•  cuts and grazes that aren't healing
Type 1 diabetes symptoms can come on quickly, particularly in children.

Risk Factors
About 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. It can come on slowly, usually
over the age of 40. The signs may not be obvious, or there may be no signs at all, therefore it might
be up to 10 years before you find out you have it. That’s why it’s very important to know the risk
factors and find out your risk, so you can do something about it.

You're also more at risk if:
you’ve ever had a heart attack or a stroke
you've ever had high blood pressure
you have schizophrenia, bipolar illness or depression, or if you are receiving treatment with anti
psychotic medication
you're overweight, especially if you're large around the middle (Type 2)
you’re a woman who’s had polycystic ovaries, gestational diabetes, or a baby weighing over 10
pounds.
your two to six times more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, brother, sister or
child with diabetes

HOT TOPIC - DIABETES

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How to reduce the risk of Diabetes
There are a number of factors that can increase your chance of developing type 2 diabetes,
so by taking simple steps, you can lower your chances of getting it:

1. Lose weight - Quite simply, shedding pounds will drastically reduce your chances of
getting type 2 diabetes. 80% of people who have diabetes are overweight, so if you are
overweight or obese, it’s time to think about cutting back.

2. Increase your exercise level - It goes without saying that increasing the amount of time
you spend exercising will make you feel better and help towards losing weight. Research has
found that regular exercise can reduce your risk of developing by up to 64%, so it is backed
up by science.  Talk to your GP for an idea of some suitable exercises for you.

3. Stop smoking - Most people are aware of smoking’s link to cancer, but not as many
understand how it’s connected to diabetes.  Smoking has been proven to increase blood
pressure levels, which are known to be a major cause of diabetes.

4. Eat healthily - A diet that is low in fat, sugar and salt and contains a lot of fruit and veg will
reduce your cholesterol levels – a simple way to reduce your risk of diabetes.  Studies
published revealed that eating processed meat ups your risk of diabetes by 40% and more
recent research has shown that vegetarians are a third less likely to suffer from heart
problems, a stroke or diabetes.

5. Cut back on alcohol - Drinking alcohol can contribute towards the conditions that cause
diabetes.  Alcohol can increase your chances of putting on weight, as it is essentially empty
calories. A pint of beer, for example, can be equivalent to a bar of chocolate. Heavy drinking
can also lead to conditions such as chronic pancreatitis, which has a side-effect of diabetes.
There’s nothing wrong with a little alcohol in moderation, but excessive drinking can definitely
lead to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

6. Cut sugar and refined carbs from your diet - Eating sugary foods and refined carbs can
put at-risk individuals on the fast track to developing diabetes. Your body rapidly breaks
these foods down into small sugar molecules, which are absorbed into your
bloodstream. The resulting rise in blood sugar stimulates your pancreas to produce insulin, a
hormone that helps sugar get out of the bloodstream and into your body's cells.

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7. Work out regularly - Performing physical activity on a regular basis may help prevent
diabetes.  Exercise increases the insulin sensitivity of your cells. So, when you exercise, less
insulin is required to keep your blood sugar levels under control.

8. Drink more water - Water is by far the most natural beverage you can drink. What's more,
sticking with water most of the time helps you avoid beverages that are high in sugar,
preservatives and other questionable ingredients. Sugary beverages like soda and punch
have been linked to an increased risk of both type 2 diabetes and latent autoimmune
diabetes of adults (LADA).
 
9. Watch portion sizes - Whether or not you decide to follow a low-carb diet, it's important to
avoid large portions of food to reduce the risk of diabetes, especially if you are overweight.
Eating too much food at one time has been shown to cause higher blood sugar and insulin
levels in people at risk of diabetes. On the other hand, decreasing portion sizes may help
prevent this type of response
 
10. Eat a high-fibre diet - Getting plenty of fibre is beneficial for gut health and weight
management.  Studies in obese, elderly and prediabetic individuals have shown that it helps
keep blood sugar and insulin levels low. Fibre can be divided into two broad categories:
soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre absorbs water, whereas insoluble fibre does not.

FATIGUE

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WHAT IS FATIGUE?
Fatigue is a condition which causes extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical
exertion or illness. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1 in 5 people feels
unusually tired and 1 in 10 have prolonged fatigue. There are three major contributors to
tiredness: Physical, psychological and lifestyle.

WHAT CAUSES FATIGUE?
Many factor can increase your chances of suffering from fatigue.
These include:
Not enough sleep - lack of sleep causes fatigue and can have a negative impact on your
overall health and wellbeing.
Not enough fuel - what you eat (or don't eat) can affect how much you do or don't sleep. Not
eating enough.
Depression - depression causes sadness and anxiety but it can also cause physical
symptoms including fatigue, insomnia, aches and pains.
Caffeine - too much caffeine can cause jitteriness increased heart rate and palpitation, high
blood pressure, anxiety and insomnia. In addition, after caffeine wears off, users can "crash"
and feel fatigued.
Diabetes - Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars.
Dehydration - we all know water quenches thirst but did you know a lack of it could make
you fatigued? By the time you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated.
Shift work disorder - shift work can wreak havoc on your body's 24 hour internal clock, or
circadian rhythm. When you work nights or rotate shifts, your body doesn't know when to be
awake and when to sleep, which cause fatigue.

COMMON SIGNS OF FATIGUE
The common signs of fatigue are:

Can't stop yawning
Can't recall last thought, conversation etc
Trouble with focusing
Dry or sore eyes
Your head droops
Performance slows
Quality of work diminishes

FATIGUE

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PREVENTING FATIGUE

Maintain a healthy sleep pattern - Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Do not
eat a big meal before going to bed. Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at
the same time each morning to keep yourself on schedule. Make sure your mattress is
comfortable, the room is sufficiently dark and cool and your mobile devices and television are
off. If you are still unable to sleep after making changes to your working environment, consult
a doctor to rule out a sleep disorder.
Have a balanced diet - Eat a balanced diet, complete with fruits, vegetables, whole grains
and protein. Avoid or limit junk foods high in sugar and fat.
Seek help - If you or someone you care about is depressed, seek medical attention.
Depression may not resolve without treatment and there are many treatments including
therapy and medications that can help resole symptoms.
Cut down on caffeine - If you drink a lot of coffee, tea or cola that contains caffeine, you will
need to gradually wean yourself off these drinks, supplements or medications. You may
experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly eliminate caffeine entirely, so start slowly.
First, begin drinking more water and fewer caffeinated beverages every day.
Shift work - If you have to sleep during the day, try to make your sleeping area as dark, cool
and quiet as possible. If you have to work at night, keep your workplace brightly lit. Try to
work night shifts all in a row and avoid frequently rotating shifts. Stay away from caffeine and
stick to a regular sleep-wake schedule as much as possible on days off.
Diabetes - If you are a person with diabetes, it is important to manage your condition. Your
doctor will often recommend lifestyle changes including diet and exercise. You may also be
prescribed insulin or other diabetes medications to help you control your blood sugar levels
Drink plenty of water - Most experts recommend about eight glasses per day, but you may
need more if you exercise or live or work in a warm environment. If you're well hydrated, your
urine will be clear or pale yellow. If it's darker, you may need more fluids.
Fast fix for mild fatigue - Some of us are simply tired with no medical cause. The good news
is that exercise may give us a boost. Studies consistently show that people who engage in
regular exercise feel less fatigue than those who don't. When exercising for energy, stay in
the low to moderate exertion range, such as walking, yoga or light resistance training to fight
fatigue.

Remember, if you have been feeling constantly tired for more than four weeks, it is a good
idea to see your GP so that they can confirm or rule out a medical condition that could be

causing your tiredness and fatigue.

PROTECTED SPECIES

HAZEL DORMICE

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Hazel Dormice are the only species of Dormice found in the UK. Themselves, along
with their breeding sites and resting places, are protected by law. It is an offence to
deliberately capture, injure or kill Hazel Dormice and damage/destroy a resting place

or breeding site.

Identification
Golden brown fur and a bushy tail
Hibernate for around 6 months a year (October to April)
Build their own nests out of grass and leaves
Around 10-15 cm in diameter
Hibernate at ground level in dense scrubs, hedgerow and tree stumps
Chewed hazel nuts have a smooth inner rim with tooth marks at an angle to the hole

Pre works
Determine if there is potential for dormice in close proximity of the works (e.g. dense
hedgerow/scrubs habitat close to the work site)
Identify if there are any immediate signs of dormice (check for nests/hazelnut
remains)
Determine if work is likely to impact their potential habitat (e.g. vegetation clearance
required as pat of the works) - Contact local Environment Manager for support
If yes to all the above then an ecologist will be needed to carry out a survey.
The project should then ensure that adequate safeguarding and mitigation are in
place prior to the works - based on the ecologists recommendations

During works
If Dormice are found during the works:

STOP works and inform your line manager - don’t move or handle them
Report the incident to SCO 24/7
Contact your Local Environment Manager and Ecologists who will advise on the next
steps
Where Dormice risk has already been identified, consider:
Holding toolbox talks to make workforce aware of the risks, even if the works are not
thought to be directly impacting their habitat
Having an ecologist on site for some activities which have the potential to cause an
impact if not carried out with precaution

DRIVING UPDATES
KNOW YOUR FUEL

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Petrol and diesel have new labels at filling station pumps.
There’s no need to worry or change what you do – the fuel is exactly the same.

Just learn your new label to make sure you choose the right fuel every time.
Same fuel, new label

All petrol and diesel is exactly the same as before. The labels are simply another way to help you
choose the right fuel. Petrol is now labelled E5. Diesel is labelled B7.

Retailers are likely to continue to call these fuels “petrol” (or “unleaded”) and “diesel”.

The labels use symbols for petrol or diesel, plus a letter and number to
tell you:

the type of renewable fuel and the maximum percentage of the relevant
renewable fuel it contains. The fuels are exactly the same as before.
Why we add renewable fuels

Renewable fuels (such as biodiesel and ethanol) have been blended into
UK petrol and diesel fuel for over 10 years. They reduce overall carbon
dioxide (CO2) emissions and help the UK meet climate change targets.
Last year, blending renewable fuels in this way reduced CO2 emissions

by the equivalent of taking over 1 million cars off the road.
Where you will see the new labels

The labels will be on fuel dispensers and nozzles at all petrol stations,
and on new vehicles.

On new vehicles you can match the label on the pump with a label near
the fuel cap.

DRIVING UPDATES
ROTHERHITHE TUNNEL

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From 2 December, drivers of prohibited vehicles could now receive a fine for each
journey made through Rotherhithe Tunnel.

This is due to a number of restrictions in place to help ensure the safety of people in the tunnel.
Vehicles more than two metres (6'6") wide, two metres high or goods

vehicles that weigh more than two tonnes (maximum gross weight) are not permitted.

This is to ensure safety and reduce risk of collisions. 
Cameras have been in place since early February 2019 to enforce these restrictions 24/7, but fines
have been limited to one per offending vehicle per day. Since then, there have been a number of

repeat offences by prohibited vehicles.
The changes coming into place mean that drivers of these vehicles could receive a fine for each

journey made through the tunnel.
Drivers restricted from using the tunnel should use Tower Bridge or Blackwall
Tunnel, both of which are outside of the Congestion Charge and ULEZ zones. 
For full details, including a map showing alternative routes, visit the Rotherhithe Tunnel page
https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/rotherhithe-tunnel-restrictions?cid=rotherhithe-tunnel

WINTER DRIVING

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Winter is a more dangerous time to drive; the wet conditions and darkness during most people’s
commute to and from home being the main reasons why we have significantly higher accidents
recorded. Between 2012-2018, when the clocks went back to mark the end of Daylight Saving, car
accidents spiked in the subsequent month and the number of road traffic accidents occurring between
5pm and 8pm also increased.
 
The majority of accidents involve young, inexperienced drivers who may be driving in dark conditions
on slippery roads for the first time, however, all drivers, as experienced as they may be, should refresh
their memories on how to drive in wintery conditions to ensure that everyone gets
home safely.
 
Dark Conditions

Keep windows clean to avoid increased glare and condensation, improving visibility.
Familiarise yourself with all light controls in the car.
Dip your headlights when faced with another road user to avoid dazzling them.
Consider turning your headlights on during the hour after sunrise and hour before sunset to help
other drivers see you during twilight periods.
Consider dimming dashboard lights if possible to reduce reflections and distractions.
Watch vigilantly for pedestrians, particularly by shops, pubs and restaurants.

WINTER DRIVING

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Wet Conditions
Keep well back from the vehicle in front to decrease loss of visibility from spray and also account
for the fact stopping distance at least doubles in wet conditions.
If steering becomes unresponsive, ease off the accelerator and gradually slow down, do not brake.
Be aware of the dangers of spilt diesel and the effect it has on surface grip.
Access bodies of standing water carefully, if you’re unsure of the depth then don’t go through.

Snowy/Icy Conditions
Firstly, avoid driving in snowy/icy conditions unless it is essential. Check the weather forecast
before travelling and let someone know where you are going.
Keep an emergency kit with de-icer, an ice scraper, a torch, warm clothing and a shovel in your
boot; you may also wish to pack food and drinks. Keep your phone charged.
Before setting off, ensure all windows and lights are completely clear as well as all mirrors and
windows are demisted. Remove any excess snow that may fall into the path of other road users.
Drive with extreme care; keep well back from other road users as stopping distances can increase
by ten times in icy conditions.
Pull away in 2nd gear and drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as suitable, brake progressively
and very gently, avoid any sudden actions and braking while turning corners.

FIT FOR WORK

All VHRL workers must be fit for work before travelling and commencing any shift. Fit for work is
defined as a state where the individual is physically, mentally and emotionally capable to enable
them to perform their tasks completely and safely.

OTHER EMPLOYMENT

Fatigue is a major risk to all who work in the rail industry. Accordingly, VHRL has systems in place to
reduce the risk of fatigue when planning shifts. It is therefore imperative the worker informs VHRL of any
other employment in order for this risk to be considered. It is the sole responsibility of the worker having
employment to inform the VHRL branch responsible for planning and allocating work in order for this
other work to be considered before any shift(s) are finalised.

SIGNING OUT WHEN LEAVING SITE

We are now seeing more examples of our workers not signing out when leaving site. I f you do not
sign out then a report is sent to head office for us to action. Please do not get caught out.

HOODIES

As the cold weather is now here, you are reminded that the wearing of hoodies is forbidden. We
have balaclavas and snoods that are approved for wearing under your hard hat during the colder
weather. Anybody found wearing a hoody will be asked to remove it. If you require a
balaclava or snood then please contact your local branch. This will give them sufficient time to
source and issue accordingly .

USE OF HOTELS WHILST WORKING AWAY FROM HOME

As part of our Fatigue Management policy, hotels are provided when the 14-hour door to door policy
(12 hours on some projects) may be in danger of being breached. This forms part of the shift planning
process and they are there to protect you and your team. The hotel s are provided to protect you all
from accidents and incidents that may occur as a result of fatigue, so please ensure they are utilised
when booked.

HSE AMBASSADORS

We currently have 16 HSE Ambassadors with more in training.

Scotland Solutions Manchester Canning Town
Shaun Gallacher Abid Uddin Brian Healey John MacVicar
Andy Kelly Mark Wallis
Alec Beattie Farnham Gareth Davies
Jim Stevenson Jalal Ahmed
Stephen Docherty Carol Dwyer Colas Free to be Safe Champion
Dillon Miller Phil Allen Gareth Davies - Canning Town
Sean Mayle

ACCIDENT REPORTING

If you have an accident on site, no matter how small or unimportant you think it might be, make
sure you report it to your site supervisor immediately AND your Business Operations Manager
immediately. This will ensure that an investigation is carried out which will help to prevent further
accidents from occurring.

OSBORNE – STOP THINK NOVEMBER 2019

The November edition of the Osborne STOP Think! Magazine can be found by accessing the
following link: https://view.publitas.com/osborne/osborne-stop-think-cascade-november-2019-
edition/page/1

CLOSE CALLS ON COLAS SITES

Colas also have an app for submitting Close
Calls which is known as CARL
Call, Action, Report, Learn

The app is easy to download an use. Vital
personnel are encouraged to download this
app so that we can raise Close Calls which will
in turn improve overall safety.

If you cannot download the app then please
raise Close Calls to
[email protected]

Do you know that you can also use the CARL
app to complete site safety tours and safety
conversations?

Vital workers on Colas sites are encouraged to
use this part of the app. If you need assistance,
then please contact our H&S Manager, Mark
Barrett.

Having IT problems with CARL? Colas are
happy to help you with this. Feel free to
contact them [email protected]

HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK VITAL STATISTICS 2019

SAFETY MATTERS

THE CLOSE CALL APP 

Created specifically for our workforce; a multi platform mobile app that
has been designed for users to ensure they can report a close call at
anytime and any place. 
 

FEATURES INCLUDE  REPORT A CLOSE CALL
0161 836 7200
SIMPLE - Add the information to the form
provided and submit www.closecallnow.com

DIRECT - All close calls reported through
the app are sent instantly to our Health
and Safety mailbox 

PHOTOGRAPH - Upload supporting
images

OFFLINE - No network connection
required - use the app anywhere
 

SAFETY MATTERS
THE CLOSE CALL REPORTING APP 

Available to download NOW!

OFFICES

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Manchester (Head Office) Abercynon Bellshill
tel 0161 836 7000 tel 01443 809 950 tel 01698 840 950
email [email protected] email [email protected] email [email protected]
The Mill, G16/17 Ty Cynon, Dalziel House, Ground Floor,
South Hall Street, Navigation Park, Strathclyde Business Park,
off Ordsall Lane, Abercynon, Lark Way, Bellshill,
Salford, Manchester, CF45 4SN Lanarkshire,
M5 4TP ML4 3RB

Birmingham  Cardiff Crewe
tel 0121 809 3010 tel 029 2083 9955 tel 01270 906 130
email [email protected] email [email protected] email [email protected]
F03 First Floor, The Laurels, Dragons Wharf,
Fairgate House, Heol Y Rhosog, Sandbach,
205 Kings Road, Springmeadows Business Park, Cheshire,
Tyseley, Rumney, CW11 3PA
Birmingham, Cardiff,
B11 2AA CF3 2EW

Doncaster Farnham Market Rasen
tel 01302 244450 tel 01252 964 020 tel 01302 308 080
email [email protected] email [email protected] email [email protected]
First Floor Offices, Unit 10, Unit 2,
Carr House, Guildford Road Trading Estate, Gallamore Lane Ind. Estate,
Heavens Walk, Farnham, Market Rasen,
Doncaster, Surrey, LN8 3HZ
DN4 5HZ GU9 9PZ

Milton Keynes Newcastle London
tel 01908 015020 tel 0191 300 0433 tel 0203 963 5080
email [email protected] email [email protected] email [email protected]
Suite 532, Spaceworks, Unit 10,
Elder House, Benton Park Road, Canning Town Business Park,
Elder Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, Stephenson Street,
Milton Keynes, Tyne & Wear, London,
MK9 1LR NE7 7LX E16 4SA

SAFETY ALERTS

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VHRL Safety Alert - 030
Serious Head Injury Sustained
Foreign debris eye injury in Wessex
Assault and robbery at Willesden substation
Isolation irregularities
Southern Capital Delivery - Home safe
CogLoad - Share with pride
TBT - Lighting on site
TBT - Slips, trips and falls
Briefing note - Handbook transmittal forms
Give blood this winter
Capital Delivery Safety Alert- Lack of red bonding
Winter Fleet Newsletter - Morson/Vital


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