ISG champions safety when working at height

22 March 2018

ISG champions safety when working at height

ISG is committed to driving high standards of safety for operators working at height, says ISG’s health and safety lead.

Cavan Woods, group health and safety director at ISG, took part in a roundtable event organised by International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and Construction Manager magazine.

The magazine feature considered safety when working at height, and how recent technological developments may impact the powered access sector. 

During the discussion, Cavan highlighted areas where ISG has taken steps to understand best practice and increase safety for operators working at height.

“At ISG, we have carried out studies on different approaches to working at height; for example, we ran a study on low level access on a recent office project,” he said. 

“We used Pecolifts on one floor, and traditional access equipment on another floor. 

“The Pecolifts, though more expensive, were 20% faster. So, as well as being safer, they also helped our productivity.”

ISG has introduced on site procedures to ensure all access equipment meets its safety standards, as it continues to safeguard those who work at height across its projects – something that it hopes can change industry expectations.

“We have clear internal guidelines and standards for our subcontractors, and we use a hierarchy that follows the Work at Height Regulations, setting out what kind of access equipment we like to see used,” Cavan said.

“We will challenge if we see something that doesn’t follow those rules.

“We want to change expectations, so that if a client comes to an ISG site, they think, “why would we go anywhere else?”

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