Steve Reddish, SHEQ Officer - Q&A

Site safety in the housebuilding and construction industry has never been more stringent. Steve Reddish is Health & Safety Manager for BillSaveUK’s scaffolding division. With nearly 40 years’ experience in the health and safety industry his knowledge is invaluable to BillSaveUK and its clients.

Have you always worked in the construction industry?

I started my career as a Health & Safety rep in the wood machining industry. Over the years I built up my experience and in 2007 started delivering health and safety training for cavity wall and loft insulation installers and solar PV electricians, which included scaffolding work – taking me to where I am today.

What Health & safety accreditations does BillSaveUK have?

We’re accredited under CHAS, SMAS, SafeMark and Constructionline – all of which are relevant to scaffolding. I also have IOSH in managing health and safety, NEBOSH qualifications NNC1 and NNC2 and I have a CISRS scaffold inspection qualification.

What health and safety training do BillSaveUK’s scaffolders undertake?

All scaffolders we employ are fully trained in health and safety when they undergo their general training. In addition however, they also go through our own health and safety induction process, to cover specific items which we insist on within the business. All of their training is provided by either myself or our inhouse trainer.

What health and safety qualifications do you demand of any subcontractors you use?

We don’t use external contractors on our projects.

How do you ensure health and safety requirements will be met for the projects BillSaveUK is working on?

I attend pre-start meetings to ensure all health and safety requirements are going to be met by ourselves and our client. I also monitor this for the duration and completion of the contract.

Do you think health and safety requirements for working on new build sites are becoming more stringent?

Yes – we’re being asked to complete more checks and sign offs on scaffolding on a more frequent basis. Builders are also carrying out more of their own internal inspections on our work, along with requesting proof of qualifications and certification of our workforce.

What do you feel sets BillSaveUK’s approach to health and safety apart from other in the scaffolding industry?

BillSaveUK is incredibly committed to health and safety and does far more than it needs to do. For example, monthly inspections are carried out of employees and their equipment and I conduct unannounced site visits to ensure standards are being met, of course if we do find a breach anywhere, we deal with it accordingly.