Adding value through health and safety
A Portakabin case study

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Page 5: Business benefits of health and safety focus

Portakabin 17 Image 9Careful attention to health and safety adds value to a company and its products. Having a strong health and safety record enhances brand image. It also means that the company is able to deliver the right products at the right time with the minimum of delay and safely. This is vital in the highly competitive construction industry. The overall impact of these benefits is to make Portakabin a supplier of choice because it provides the company with a competitive edge over rivals.

Portakabin customers include businesses, health authorities and schools. They seek to work with suppliers who have the same concerns for health and safety as they do. Portakabin has therefore been able to build very strong relationships with regular customers. The esteem in which the company is held by customers impacts positively on employee motivation. For the company the strong health and safety record substantially reduces downtime (i.e. time lost to inactivity) and associated costs and creates a safe culture. 

Fire safety is an important part of health and safety, it is vital to ensure you have the best quality Fire Extinguishersand fire prevention equitpment with the correct approvals.

Reducing loss

Accidents caused by injury at work potentially create substantial losses to a business and are de-motivating to the workforce.

In the UK, injuries that cause an employee to be away from work for more than seven days must be reported online to the Health and Safety Executive (a government H&S body) within 15 days. This requirement is set out under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). The accident/incident rate for Portakabin under RIDDOR is 37.7% less than the average in the construction industry.

Portakabin demonstrates its commitment to improving health and safety in its recently launched ‘Aim for Zero’ campaign. This focuses on the behaviours required to achieve zero incidents and accidents.

Portakabin | Adding value through health and safety