When choosing a groundworks, concrete crushing or demolition company to assist with a project in the Canterbury area, or selecting crushed concrete suppliers / top soil suppliers to provide you with the materials you need, one factor should majorly influence your decision: the company’s approach to health and safety. They should be able to explain the measures they put in place to ensure the on-site safety of workers, partners and clients alike.
They’ll also be able to tell you the kinds of associations and schemes they belong to which show they’re meeting industry scrutiny. At Kent Groundwork and Demolition Ltd, for example, we’re SMAS Worksafe Contractor certified, members with the SSIP and FSB, and all contractors are CPCS and CITB registered.
Always Have a Plan – Initial site surveys for Canterbury clients will see us identify any potential hazards on site, such as a property’s structural weaknesses, unsound ground, overhead power lines or water/gas infrastructure in the ground itself. This allows us to draw up a careful plan of how to proceed safely and efficiently, working around said hazards.
PPE – At all times when handling groundworks or serving as Canterbury’s favoured demolition company, our team will always use the appropriate PPE. This might include high-vis jackets, safety goggles, hard hats, working boots and gloves, and specific fall prevention equipment if working at height. PPE is your first line of defence and helps prevent accidents which could never have been foreseen – for example, a small stone chip flying off a slab during concrete crushing.
Quality Materials – As you’ll see over on our dedicated Topsoil Suppliers and Crushed Concrete Suppliers pages, there are different grades of aggregates/materials which dictate what they’re best used for. A groundworks and demolition company should always match the right aggregate to the right end, considering the relevant Building Regulations and things like the expected load (in the case of foundations). Those around Canterbury handling projects themselves shouldn’t hesitate to contact our crushed concrete suppliers and topsoil suppliers for advice on what to use should they be unsure.
Trained Operators – One of the core services we provide is plant hire; we also use said plant, which is kept well-maintained year round and subject to tests and inspections before use, in our capacity as crushed concrete suppliers and top soil suppliers to transport quantities of aggregate/top soil to sites throughout Canterbury. All operators working for our groundworks and demolition company are trained to use plant safely at all times, and we’re always willing to provide advice to clients who are looking to make use of said equipment themselves.