Phil Hinman has won the Midlands Construction Training Group Outstanding Employee of the Year Award for his work on the Perry Barr and Witton Flood Defence Scheme in Birmingham.
Through a series of initiatives Phil has transformed the way his site teams operate, and improved their health, safety and wellbeing at work.
The judges heralded Phil’s dedication to producing ‘outstanding working practices’ and described him as ‘an inspiration to the industry’.
Outstanding work practice
In a bid to improve health and safety, Phil introduced a simple but innovative ‘Tool Card’ system, to ensure the usage of tools on his site were monitored and regulated safely.
He explains: “On a large site like ours, a lot of kit goes in and out of the stores each day. The aim of the tool cards was to add another layer of safety to ensure all the kit was being used correctly.”
The tool cards are a set of laminated, illustrated cards which are displayed in the site’s tool stores detailing precisely what PPE, training and authorisation is required for each tool to be used. It also details the noise levels that will be generated from the equipment, the safe levels of usage per day for the operatives, whether a drip tray is required, and whether a special permit is required.
When an operative requires any tool, the store person must check they can fulfil each and every requirement shown on the card relative to the tool.
This simple method ensures the operative is fully qualified to use the tool required, therefore eliminating the risk of improper usage leading to injury. The tool card system has since been adopted as best practice and rolled out across the company.
It is also published on the Considerate Constructors Best Practice Hub
Jackson has picked up one gold, one silver and two bronze Considerate Constructors awards for projects across the country.
There are over 8000 sites registered with the scheme, which aims to encourage best practice, and improve the image of the construction industry. In 2016, the scheme gave out 173 gold, 293 silver and 430 bronze awards.
Jackson’s Gold award went to the Sandwich Town Tidal Defence Scheme, which was a complex project on the River Stour Estuary involving the creation of 14km of flood walls, a new tidal relief area and a separate flood wall in Sandwich town centre.
The judges commented: “The site team not only managed its environmental obligations to an exceptional level, but took a pro-active approach by engaging the community in protecting the eco-system and creating new habitats. Principal among these was the creation of a new woodland area, helped by schoolchildren planting the saplings. More than 3000 reptiles were transferred to new habitats and the regular publication of achievements in protecting and enhancing the environment supported this community teamwork approach.
On this high-profile public-interest project the site maintained exemplary standards of presentation throughout, with all aspects of appearance helping to promote a positive image of the industry, and contributing to a lasting impression of considerate construction.”
Silver went to Kingsman Farm in Hullbridge, and Bronze went to the Kings Lynn Tidal Revetment project, and the A12-A143 Great Yarmouth Link Road.
Jackson has been shortlisted for four Considerate Constructors National Site Awards.
Sites at Kings Lynn, Hullbridge, Great Yarmouth and Sandwich have all been recognised by the scheme for excelling in five main areas: community, appearance, environment, workforce and safety.
As well as engaging with local schools, the Jackson site teams engaged with the local community. For example, at the Sandwich project, during a tidal surge the site team worked with personnel from Dover District Council and members of the public to fill and distribute over 500 sandbags in a 12 hour shift, thus averting a crisis. It is pertinent to mention that at this point, the flood defences were still under construction. Subsequent tidal surges have proven the success of the completed defences!
The National Site Awards recognise sites that have raised the bar for considerate construction, by looking at the measures a site has put in place to be more considerate towards local neighbourhoods and the public, the workforce, and the environment. The three awards will be presented to the site teams at the end of April.
The Telegraph UK STEM Awards are a unique opportunity for the UK’s most talented and motivated undergraduates to show their world-changing ideas to industry movers and shakers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). They could also win £25,000 and a bespoke mentoring programme.
Winner Abbie Romano is currently on a placement year at Jackson, and is also half way through a master’s degree in civil engineering at Liverpool John Moores University. Abbie was the overall winner of the Telegraph UK STEM Awards 2015, winning the £25,000 first prize for her idea of putting remotely operated cameras on diggers’ arms.
During her industrial placement at Jackson she came across a safety issue at work, so she developed her ideas and put them forward for the awards.
Abbie says: “There’s no two ways about it – entering the STEM Awards changed my life. It’s given me the chance to do things I’d never have imagined I’d be doing at 21. The past few months have been unbelievable: I feel like the idea I submitted is really going somewhere, and I’ve been meeting the most incredible people. Everyone involved in the competition has gone out of their way to boost my confidence.
“During my industrial placement at Jackson I’d become aware of a workplace safety issue that didn’t sit right with me. I decided that if I wanted to change the industry, I needed to start somewhere – and the competition seemed like a perfect opportunity to do that. Choosing a career in construction shouldn’t mean putting yourself at risk of life-threatening injuries.”
“My win proves that civil engineering really isn’t just a career for men – and that your gender should never hold you back from going after the job you want. I never thought I would get as far as I did. So if I can do it, what are you waiting for?”
Richard Barnes, Jackson Civil Engineering, says: “I felt that Abbie demonstrated a great attitude to safety leadership in the industry by looking at a very real issue and seeking to do something about it. This is why we have nominated her for a WEM Safety, Health and Environment Leadership award.”
Abbie’s concept addresses health and safety issues on construction sites. Her idea involves placing the latest CCTV cameras on the arm of an excavator, allowing the operator to use the machine remotely, from a centrally located office. The office would have an excavator simulator, similar to a racing car simulator in an arcade, with screens all around the operator, and a computer to carry out the necessary work. Abbie’s idea has the potential to revolutionise the construction sector by moving all personnel off-site. This could make accidents a thing of the past and eliminate lengthy commutes, too.