There are plenty of potential dangers involved with working at heights and operating heavy machinery. Tony Morley, QHSE Business Partner, is responsible for the safety of thousands of Ainscough Crane Hire employees and contractors, working every day to ensure everyone gets home, safely. This is his Ainscough story.
When I was approached to join Ainscough in 2015, it was an exciting opportunity for me. There are few companies in the industry who really make you sit up and take notice but having known of Ainscough’s work for some time, and the big projects they had been involved in, I knew this was certainly one of them.
Throughout my career I have always had an interest in keeping the workplace safe. When you are working in lifting operations and the logistics of preparing for them, there are certainly risks with the potential of things going wrong. If there is anything I can do to mitigate the risks of accidents or incidents, I want to be involved.
It is a high pressure role as there are so many people who we are responsible for. It is my job to ensure everyone adheres to the Ainscough principle of ‘Make the Safe Choice.’ We want all our employees and contractors to not only follow a safe system of work by understanding potential dangers, identifying them and responding appropriately but also demonstrate an active involvement in promoting safe working practices and a positive safety culture.
It is my ethos to encourage an open door policy when it comes to establishing a safe working environment, acting responsibly at work is everyone’s first step in taking personal responsibility. We want everyone to feel comfortable enough that they can report a near miss or a safety observation. More than anything we want everybody to be safe, work safe and return home safely.
I have an excellent team who work with me. To excuse the footballing cliché, it really is a team game. We are a team of ten including two QSHE Managers, two QSHE Advisers as well as admin and personnel staff. Although we are based at head office we regularly travel across the UK to visit our many projects across the country. That is a great part of the job; being able to see the successful delivery of our services in the in the progress of large projects and even small scale developments.
Perhaps my proudest achievement during my time here would be the number of times we have been recognised by leading industry boards for our safe working practices at a site level and our safety management policies. We have scooped an award at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Health and Safety Awards for the last two years. We’ve also been recognised by the Engineering Construction Industry Association (ECIA) for our high standards of safety compared to the industry norm.
We have also received international acclaim for our schemes. We were presented with an award at Vestas Global Contractor Safety Day in Denmark for our performances on projects across Europe and collaborative working.
Safety is paramount to everything we do and we have also just completed our first safety stand down day. These are onsite events that see employees take time off from their usual work in order to discuss common issues of safety, potential recurring hazards and the overall company safety culture.
The best thing about working at Ainscough is working alongside the best technical and operational professionals within the industry. We have so many talented – and funny – individuals working with us. Every day is different, with its own unique challenges thrown at you. However, I feel the work we do is rewarding and I continue to enjoy every day working here at Ainscough.
Ainscough Crane Hire is always looking for the brightest and best talent in all fields. From head office to operating some of the world’s biggest cranes, there’s a career at Ainscough for you. Anyone looking for a career change can visit the Ainscough jobs page.