Invalifts Limited has become one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.
The Tamworth based firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.
Invalifts is principally involved in the supply and installation of disabled access lifts, platform lifts and small footprint passenger lifts. Invalifts most recent clients have included councils, schools, retailers, motor dealerships and private individuals. The company has installed lifts all over the UK and as far away as Abu Dhabi.
The company`s application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.
Craig Merry, one of the directors said “health and safety is at the forefront of the work that we do. We develop systems and safe working method statements in order to reduce each risk element of the work”.
“As we work in a number of different locations we need our systems to be robust in order to provide safe working environments for our installers, other contactors and the general public”.
SAFEcontractor accreditation is expected to enhance the company`s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is due for renewal.
John Kinge, Head of Risk at SAFEcontractor said “Major organisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies”.
“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Invalifts has done. The firm`s high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies”.
Under the SAFEcontractor system, businesses undergo a vetting process, which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website, www.safecontractor.com