Health & Safety

Safety is the most important aspect of our service.  Abbey provides fully trained and highly experienced work force that are capable of dealing with any scaffolding requirements in a safe and efficient manner.

Abbey provides ongoing training to all employees to ensure they meet the ever improving standards of Health and Safety plus extra training and certificates for fork trucks, powered access platforms, small tools, abrasive wheels, (drivers, hi-ab, banks man for crane use).  

All our operatives used on site will be trained to the required CITB standards and hold CISRS cards, with additional training such as, Working at Heights, Emergency Rescue, Site Management, Scaffolding Inspection, Tool Box Talks etc.

We are also accredited and trained to work on London Underground and Network Rail.

Abbey insists on all employees wearing the appropriate PPE at all times and has a exceptional  Health and Safety record.  The drivers are also required to meet a high standard of driving of any vehicle at all times.  Most of the Company’s employees have worked their way up through the ranks bringing with them many years of experience and practical skills.

Head protection and harnesses will be worn by all Scaffolding operatives when carrying out scaffolding operations. ‘Safety’ is used in the policy to mean safety, health, welfare, environment, risk and other assessments, materials, substances and quality of workmanship.

COSHH Regulations as they relate to scaffolding materials are harmless, but basic hygiene rules apply when handling and use has taken place.

Personal protection equipment. The necessary personal protection clothing, equipment and PPE accessories shall be worn at all times. This includes helmet, safety boots, Hiviz Vest and safety harness worn following SG4.05 guidelines.

Work equipment used in the scaffolding industry as it relates to maintenance and the erection, alteration and dismantling of scaffolding is manually handled and may include the use of mechanical aids.  An assessment of the following will be made:

  • Capabilities of all those employed who carry out scaffolding operations and associated codes of practice for mechanical aid shall be followed.
  • Appropriate mechanical aids codes of practice as applicable.

Ancillary legislation and codes of practice as they effect scaffolding operations and practice will be implemented as necessary.

Where specific scaffolding operations require design(s) safety and calculation(s) prior to scaffolding operations taking place, Shall implement as necessary.

Other scaffolding operations involving dangerous or harmful substances, confined spaces, asbestos related works and contaminated land, etc. shall be client risk assessed in the first instance prior to any scaffolding operation taking place and appropriate safe systems of work shall be prepared and in place prior to any operation taking place.

Accident investigation policy (AIC)
Any accident, whatever the cause, involving employees, however employed, the public or property shall be investigated by

Personnel involved with any accident investigation shall be any director, branch/contract manager/supervisors, scaffolder and any other person co-opted during the investigation by.

All accidents involving scaffold structures or suspended access equipment will be investigated whatever the cause, this includes collapse, dangerous or other occurrences.

The safety department will also investigate accidents when required by and submit separate reports to the Managing Director of Abbey

Nick Fennings-Mills, Safety Advisor