Woodcock & Wilson is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.

The Yorkshire-based firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.

Employing 44 people, Woodcock & Wilson is principally involved in the design and manufacture of industrial fans, along with fan servicing and onsite balancing.

Safe Contractor Approved

Working in all industry sectors including Petrochemical, Offshore/Marine, Process Manufacturing, Nuclear and Dust & Fume removal and with a £4.5 million turnover, Woodcock & Wilson’s most recent clients have included major players such as British Sugar, Harsco Metals & Minerals, Marathon Oil, Tata Steel and Sellafield.

The company’s application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

“Woodcock & Wilson are proud to have achieved the SAFEcontractor award.  As a business driven by customer service, the reassurance that our employees working on site are competent and can be trusted is paramount.  This confidence is not only important to us but critical to our customers who need to know that when we say we can do it – we can.” Richard Wilson – Service Director

SAFEcontractor accreditation is expected to enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

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 Woodcock & Wilson 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, www.safecontractor.com

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.

Over one hundred and fifty major nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.

For further information please contact:
Richard Wilson, Service Director
Tel: 01484 462777