Cleveland Bridge UK has passed a significant health and safety milestone after completing one million hours without a recordable accident.
The world-renowned bridge builder, which employs more than 300 staff at its extensive Darlington facility, attributes the achievement to the continuing development of its safety culture.
The record reflects the company’s commitment to health and safety - underlined by an extensive programme of training, coaching, information and supervision.
Cleveland Bridge has reinforced its policy of continuous improvement to safety procedures by encouraging staff and contractors at all levels of the business to adopt a behavioural safety approach.
Initiatives include regular scheduled meetings, toolbox talks and safety audits to encourage the workforce to adopt a unified and positive attitude towards safety and compliance.
Managing Director, Chris Droogan, said: “The fact that Cleveland Bridge UK has surpassed a million hours without a recordable accident underlines our deep commitment to the welfare of our workforce.
“It is even more remarkable given that we operate in an industry in which we deal with major and challenging feats of engineering and construction.
“Cleveland Bridge is dedicated to setting new standards of excellence, and this includes health and safety, which plays a vital role in the company’s ongoing success.
“I wish to congratulate all our staff and contractors who share this commitment. They have all played a significant role in completing a million hours of safe working.
“Safety is a vital work-related skill and it’s important to create a culture where such expertise is shared, copied and adopted.”