Health and Safety

The GMC Utilities Group has a Management System which incorporates the OHSAS: 18001:2007 standard and carries accreditation to this standard. We were one of the first civil engineering companies in Ireland to achieve the standard.

The company policy is to ensure that all its operations are carried out to the highest standards and to maintain a safe environment for all its employees and any person who may be affected by its operations.

In order to meet these criteria the company accepts its obligations under the various Safety, Health and Welfare Legislation to seek to reduce the incidence of Accidents, Dangerous Occurrences and Hazards within its working practices.

The company requires that all employees and or sub-contractors shall regard safe working as a prime objective and take all possible steps to achieve it.
GMC have extensive experience of undertaking the role of PSDP (Project Supervisor for the Design Stage) and PSCS (Project Supervisor for the Construction Stage) on numerous major projects. GMC ensures safe working and co-ordination & co-operation between all contractors on Project sites.

GMC communicates health and safety information to employees, sub contractors and external parties by various mediums.

Communication is undertaken through the following ways: –

  1. Company and Project Inductions
  2. H&S Policy Statement
  3. Risks Assessments & Method Statements
  4. Tool box talks
  5. Safety Committees
  6. Safety Bulletins
  7. Management Reviews
  8. Results of Accident investigations
  9. Management Reviews

The need to ensure that our operations include safe systems of work, safe plant, equipment and a safe place of work is a major consideration with the company. To ensure this is carried out fully, a comprehensive system of programmed audits is in operation and all incidents are fully investigated and results acted upon.

The GMC Utilities Group has received external recognition of our continuous drive to improve Health & Safety by attaining a prestigious NISO safety award for two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012 for demonstrating the existence of a proactive health and safety management system combined with evidence of strong management leadership of continual improvement, health and safety management system reviews and superior performance.


Training

GMC Utilities Group recognizes that to ensure an environment free from accident or injury all personnel working for us must be competent. The purpose of training is to provide those employed by GMC Utilities Group with ongoing opportunities to acquire the competence, skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to ensure their practice is of a high quality and standard.

To facilitate this philosophy GMC Utilities Group have developed a FAS approved Training Centre at its head office at Millennium Business Park. The centre consists of a training classroom that can accommodate up to 30 participants, where courses can be delivered using a mix of classroom based style lectures, action learning, use of visual aids and handouts. To complement the training classroom there is a separate, fully equipped, purpose built training room, workshop and yard facilities where participants can be tutored on the more practical and technical elements required of them.

The training school is administered by a dedicated FAS approved coordinator, whose task is to ensure that training, including refresher training, is undertaken on a regular basis to the appropriate level, for employees to undertake their job in the competent manner required.

The training school organizes various training courses, whether required by legislation or company needs, samples of which are detailed below:

  • CSCS Plant, i.e. 360° Excavator, 180° Excavator, Site Dumper, Articulated Dumper, Forklift Truck etc.
  • CSCS Signing, Lighting & Guarding
  • CSCS Safety @ Roadwork’s
  • CSCS Location of Underground Services
  • CSCS Confined Space
  • CSCS Slinger / Signaller
  • Safe Pass
  • Occupational First Aid
  • IOSH Managing Safely in Construction
  • Supervisor Safety Training
  • Abrasive Wheels
  • Manual Handling
  • Fire Warden
  • Driver CPC
  • Water meter installation

All training qualifications are uploaded to the GMC training database which is maintained and monitored by the training coordinator.

In addition if dictated by a project or a client then additional in-house training courses may evolve to cater for this need. Examples of this include Disease Prevention at Work, Plant reversing assistant, and Fusion Welding.


NISO awards 2011


NISO awards 2012


NISO awards 2013