Our customers trust that by working with us, they are working with a team who ensures quality work delivered to the highest levels of health, safety and wellbeing for our team and the people we work with, as well as the wider public and the environment.
As safety is so integral to the way we operate, when ISO 45001, the new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Standard replacing OHSAS 18001, was released we immediately worked on migrating our system to these higher requirements. We were delighted to be one of the first heavy lift companies in the world to receive ISO 45001 certification in 2019.
The new Standard, in contrast to OHSAS 18001, involves taking a more proactive approach to managing risk by incorporating health and safety in the overall management system of the company. This drives our senior management to take an even greater leadership role in implementing its objectives and further embedding health and safety at the core of all we do.
Wm. O’Brien is committed to comply with and continually improve the effectiveness of our integrated management system which incorporates ISO9001_2015 (quality management system) ISO14001_2015 (environmental management system) and ISO 45001_2019 (OH&S system).
Our processes and procedures that dictate how we do business are certified to the highest ISO Standards but for us it’s not just about having a certification. It’s about ensuring these requirements are a living part of our work – requirements we constantly meet and strive to exceed.
EHSQ are core values built into every task we perform.
Ongoing investment in our employees to train them in the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge in order to achieve these requirements.
Safe practices are at the forefront of every employee’s working day and we ensure procedures that promote an ongoing safe environment are embedded in our work methods.
All our team share the responsibility of their own safety, and the safety of their co-workers as well as the people and environment in which they operate.
Encouraging open lines of communication, increasing awareness throughout the team, and nurturing a positive safety culture.
Carrying out regular audits, inspections and surveys of all sites and activities to ensure compliance with and adherence to our standards and requirements.
We operate a comprehensive training and development programme for our team to ensure they are competent to perform their duties to the highest standards. Courses include working from heights, Safe Pass, manual handling and lift supervisor/ appointed person training, as well as ensuring everyone’s medicals are up to date.
The objective of Zero Harm is something we are completely committed to at Wm. O’Brien. It is achieved through a constant focus on doing the small things consistently right. No short cuts.
The sectors we operate in present serious challenges in terms of managing risks. By choosing to work with Wm. O’Brien our customers are reducing their risk and getting peace of mind knowing they are working with the safest hands in the industry.
It is important that every member of a team working on a job reads through and understands the RAMS. This reduces risk significantly and helps to keep everyone safe.
Sometimes, the scope of work can change last minute on a job and deviate slightly from the prepared RAMS. When this happens, it is important to determine whether the risks and hazards have also changed and the RAMS may need to be revised.
We also pride ourselves in taking great care of our cranes and equipment. Our experienced mechanical team carry out regularly servicing and any maintenance that is required.
Each morning our drivers carry out a visual inspection of their crane and send in a GA2 form to our Operations Department ensuring that anything that needs attention gets sorted as soon as possible. Our cranes and lifting gear go through rigorous inspections on a 6-month, annual and 4-yearly cycle.
Our trucks receive standard CVRT checks as well as 6-month voluntary tests at authorised test centres and all documentation is stored via our integrated management system.
All our vehicles are monitored using a state-of-the-art GPS system which tracks their location and fuel consumption enabling us to better manage the fleet and provide detailed feedback to customers.
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