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Protect our People

At VolkerHighways, we are proud to lead by example, going above and beyond standard safety processes, to provide a safe environment for our employees, supply chain, members of the public and for all our stakeholders. It all goes towards creating a happy and productive workforce, that our clients can be proud to work alongside collaboratively.

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Behavioural change programme

‘Protect our People’, was created to empower our workforce, to help change the way we work to achieve improved health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace.

We regularly deliver briefings for our workforce, encouraging our teams to reflect, review and reset on our safe working practices and improving engagement and awareness of matters such as fatigue, close call reporting and pedestrian management. In 2022, Protect our People celebrated its 10th anniversary, and we refreshed the campaign, reinforcing the theme of ‘creating a safe working environment for our workforce and public.’ The business recruited 30 new Protect our People champions, to prompt discussion and action to change behaviours on site.

Other initiatives include a ‘boots on before you log on’ campaign, ensuring that managers and supervisors are present on site, an Installing Excellence quality campaign to ensure our works are right first time and the formation of a Service Avoidance Group.

We are proud of our accident frequency rate, which is well below industry average, and of our industry-beating Considerate Constructors Scheme scores.  

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Wellbeing clinics

Our ‘Know your Numbers’ campaign encourages site and office-based employees to attend our complimentary occupational health wellbeing clinics. They can book to see a health professional to get advice about their diet and receive a medical check on their blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose and BMI.

Mental health champions

We have almost 150 mental health champions across VolkerWessels UK, who are trained by Mental Health England to be able to signpost their colleagues to the appropriate support. We provide our people, and their families, with access to resources and supporting organisations, whilst our internal campaigns raise awareness of mental health issues. A programme of campaigns tackles a variety of physical health matters, including talks from guest experts.

Our Health and Safety Policy

VolkerHighways’ Occupational Health and Safety Policy is a declaration of our commitment to a safe and healthy working environment. Our health and safety system is independently verified by the British Standards Institution (BSI), which hasgiven us  BS EN ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management accreditation. Click here to learn more about our ISO awards.