Defence teams in South East hold second virtual collaborative safety forum

15 March 2021
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Last month, Amey teams in our Regional Prime South East (RPSE) contract held their second virtual collaborative safety forum which brings together our client, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), and major supply chain partners to improve safety and promote the importance of compliance across the Defence estate. 

The regular event brings together all parties to openly discuss aspects of health and safety and encourages the sharing of best practice as well as highlighting any areas that need particular focus. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, our usual face to face event has switched to an online Teams webinar and 45 supply chain representatives from across the South East participated 

John Riley, Operations Director SE, opened the session with a business overview followed by a short presentation by Steve Mathews and Jonathan Stone, Amey’s SHEF Specialists, who provided an update on the current South East safety record. A detailed focus was given to Lost Time Incidents (LTIs) and how behaviours, culture and communication is key l to driving down accidents. 

Jim Carpenter, Amey’s Sustainability Manager, delivered a fascinating presentation on bats, their breeding habits and the legislation and processes that we need to follow should we discover bats on any of our projects. 

Throughout the event, participants were encouraged to engage with the speakers and each other using the Slido facility. Feedback from those attending was extremely positive and the Amey team are looking to run a similar event in the coming months. 

John Riley, Operations Director SE, said This event was aimed at making sure that safety remains firmly fixed in our culture. It is always good to engage with our supply chain partners and this forum provides the perfect platform to share updates and gain valuable feedback. We have a busy challenging year ahead and we must get through it professionally, successfully and safely” 

In December 2020, Amey and DIO South East teams were winners of the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) awards in the Social Impact/Sustainability category. The award recognises the excellent collaborative relationship that exists in the contract.