Galliford Try is a national housebuilding and construction company delivering industry leading performance in the construction of a sustainable future.
Health & Safety
We are committed to a policy of effectively managing all aspects of health, safety and welfare. We maintain our fundamental belief that everyone has the right to return home unharmed at the end of each and every working day.
Our behavioural safety initiative delivers sustainable improvement to our safety performance by challenging beliefs to affect behaviour. We place huge importance on improving safety but our strategy is truly bespoke, and our results genuinely impressive. To date, over 6,000 people have attended at least one our behavioural safety workshops which address the needs of business leaders, managers, operatives and extends to our subcontractors. We communicate the programme’s ethos through real-life examples that can be applied to all our daily lives, not just in the workplace.
The aim of “Challenging Beliefs, Affecting Behaviour” is “to create an environment where care for our people and those that work with us is our top priority and the belief that all accidents are preventable prevails”. Challenging Beliefs, Affecting Behaviour goes beyond training in basic behavioural safety psychology. To embed this initiative on site, we understand that simple mechanisms (cognitive behavioural techniques) must be created and the support from leaders clearly defined. With assistance from operatives, a series of such “tools” has been developed to provide site teams with step-by-step guidance to promote worker engagement on site. Tools include safe behavioural discussions, subcontractors forums (NAB - No Accident Behaviour discussions), shutdown days, safety charters and safety recognition schemes. Repeated use and exposure to these tools increases a natural response of increasingly safe behaviour.
As a result, we have defined the role of a Coach differently. At Galliford Try, Coaches promote and monitor use of our behavioural safety toolkit. We aim to nominate a Coach from each site to attend the in-house two day Coaching course which promotes collaboration across our Group. To date, over 530 site operatives have become trained Coaches. Our Group Health and Safety Development Manager and local HS&E Advisors support each Coach on a daily basis. The Coach reviews the site specific strategy with directors to monitor use of the tools; identify areas for improvement and assign necessary resources. Progress is further monitored through regular safety climate surveys which are specific to Business Units. A Challenging Beliefs, Affecting Behaviour review group is attended by members of the Executive Board and external consultants specialising in human factors. This ensures we continue on our journey to safety excellence by identifying underlying process issues and re-evaluating long term goals.