Liftmaster is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading-edge scheme, designed to help the industry improve its safety record.
The Hampshire-based firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.
Specialising in the sales of 2 post lifts, 4 post lifts, scissor lifts, tyre equipment, MOT and ATF Equipment, the firm’s application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.
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 Liftmaster has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector”.
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.
Employer-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These employers agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.