Our approach is supported by approximately 150 four-tier audits a year. This rigorous system aids both the safety of our staff and that of our clients, and also ensures that we meet the variety of industry standards across the sectors in which we work.
Audits can be conducted either following advance notification or on an ‘adhoc’ basis, with the information gathered used to both improve safety at individual sites and to develop insights into trends across the business as a whole.
Our robust approach to safety and compliance is key to our way of working, and is shared by each member of our team.
None of our cranes, vehicles or equipment are operated unless they are safe and roadworthy, meaning you can be assured that when working with Ainscough Crane Hire, we will always Make the Safe Choice.
To ensure our fleet remains safe, it is maintained with rigour using accurate reporting and the use of a ‘traffic light’ system. Our strict ‘RED IS STOP’ policy ensures no crane is in operation when it doesn’t meet our strict safety standards.
Once a crane has been used for 700 hours or travelled 7000kms, it is marked as ‘red’ and will not be allowed for use before being inspected and work has taken place to ensure it meets our exact safety specifications.
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It is the Policy of Ainscough Crane Hire Limited to provide a high-quality, safe and healthy environment in which our employees, visitors, customers (and others who may be affected by our operations) can carry out their duties whilst ensuring we protect the environment from any damage caused by those operations. We are totally dedicated to the principle “Target Zero” and are committed to the encouragement and implementation of a pro-active and common sense approach to all Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality matters.
The Board of Directors and Management recognise and are committed to prevent injury, ill health and pollution by our operations. Our continual improvement in occupational health and safety, environmental and quality management are of paramount importance and an integral part of business performance, which shall receive foremost priority over all other aspects of business. Sufficient resources in financial and manpower terms shall be available to ensure pursuit of excellence. Management, at all levels, are committed to achieving a high level of Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality performance by means of compliance with all Legal Acts, Regulations, Codes of Practice, Enforcing Authorities Guidance Notes, Industry Best Practice Standards, Company and Client requirements and of continual cost-effective improvement of risk awareness from our undertakings and from the affect of risks from others.
The Implementation of Policy, Procedure, Statutory and Industry Standard’s requirements will be through the provision of information, instruction, training and supervision of line management who have a duty to consult and encourage the active participation of every employee in the promotion and maintaining of a positive Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality culture. The Company will ensure that Risk Management is an integrated part of task planning and that all plant and equipment used is fit for purpose. Impact on the Environment is assessed and minimised where practicable. Feedback from clients, contractors and employees is measured and acted upon through management meetings and reviews. All accidents and incidents shall be investigated with appropriate actions taken to prevent reoccurrence.
Objectives shall be set by the Board and communicated to the Management through management meetings.
The systems in place will be continually reviewed and audited, with all employees being urged to suggest improvements and take ownership of the systems. This will assist in raising company standards, resulting in the ability to offer customers an improved service.
The Policy will be kept up to date, reflecting any changes in the nature and size of the business and reflect any changes in legislation. As a minimum the Policy will be reviewed on an annual basis with all revisions being brought to the notice of all employees. All complaints about any breach of the Policy shall be addressed in a timely manner and to the satisfaction to all involved.
Employees will lead by example, adopting a “take no risk” behavioural culture, complying with all requirements and shall be held accountable for their Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality performance and behaviour. Every employee has the right to refuse to work where they consider the conditions unsafe to do so. They shall always report for work fit to undertake their duties, work safely and where identified, report risk, damage and non-compliance.
The overall aim of the company is to provide the people, organisation and resources to supply our customers with the products and services that satisfy their requirements in every respect and maintain a sustained excellence in the quality of all our undertakings. Working in accordance with the requirements of defined standards, expectations will be achieved by a high level of commitment from all employees, ensuring that each has a good understanding of all requirements and that the level of quality is continuously and consistently maintained.
We will strive to minimise energy and water usage across our business operations and operate plant and equipment with due regard to reducing the potential for atmospheric, chemical, noise and light pollution. New products and processes will be assessed for their environmental impact. As far as possible we will purchase products and services that do the least damage to the environment and will encourage others to do the same.
We recognise that we must integrate our business values and operations to meet the expectations of our stakeholders. They include customers, employees, investors, suppliers, the community and the environment.
We recognise that our social, economic and environmental responsibilities to these stakeholders are integral to our business. We aim to demonstrate these responsibilities through our actions and within our corporate policies.
We take seriously all feedback that we receive from our stakeholders and, where possible, maintain open dialogue to ensure that we fulfill the requirements outlined within this policy.
We shall be open and honest in communicating our strategies, targets, performance and governance to our stakeholders in our continual commitment to sustainable development.
The Managing Director is responsible for the implementation of this policy and will make the necessary resources available to realise our corporate responsibilities. The responsibility for our performance on this policy rests with all employees throughout the company.
We shall ensure a high level of business performance while minimising and effectively managing risk ensuring that we uphold the values of honesty, partnership and fairness in our relationships with all our stakeholders.
We shall support the development of our external stakeholders through led training courses and using our facilities for all of our business partners to hold seminars and industry meetings.
Our contracts will clearly set out the agreed terms, conditions and the basis of our relationship and will operate in a way that safeguards against unfair business practices.
We shall encourage suppliers and contractors to adopt responsible business policies and practices.
We shall encourage dialogue with local communities for mutual benefit.
We will register and resolve customer complaints in accordance with our complaints procedure.
We shall support and encourage our employees to help local community organisations and activities in our region, particularly our employee chosen charities.
We shall work with local schools, colleges and universities to assist young people in choosing their future careers, being an advocate for our industry.
We shall operate an equal opportunities policy for all present and potential future employees and will offer our employees clear and fair terms of employment and provide resources to enable their continual development.
We shall maintain a clear and fair employee remuneration policy and shall maintain forums for employee consultation and business involvement.
We shall provide safeguards to ensure that all employees of whatever nationality, colour, race or religious belief are treated with respect and without sexual, physical or mental harassment.
We shall provide, and strive to maintain, a clean, healthy and safe working environment in line with our Health and Safety policy and safe systems of work.
We shall develop Environmental policies and objectives as part of the business planning cycle.
Ainscough Crane Hire is proud of our regularly renewed industry accreditations