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Still learning to get better!

21 January 2017

2017 and our employees’ qualifications grow and grow – we’re still learning.

Once more we are hard at work on domestic and commercial sites across Yorkshire. One current project includes extensive structural repairs to a historic grade 2 listed convent, in York. We are also damp proofing and installing wall ties for individual homeowners, housing associations and private landlords. Our work encompasses small and large jobs, working in isolation or, as part of a joint effort with main contractors and local authorities. ALL of these clients need accountability, reliability and above all ‘competance’. This news is about illustrating our constant efforts to ensure we never let our clients down – we are still learning!

image of qualified construction supervisors and surveyors at Brick Tie who are still learning

From left to right – Luke, Darren, Craig, Mike, Paul and Ryan

 

Still learning, it never stops.

So, it has taken a week or two since Christmas, to get a chance to congratulate those employees, who’ve recently received awards and certifications.

 

All five of our supervising technicians have sat and passed their Site Safety Plus tests. This scheme is designed to enable supervisors to apply best practice for improved health and safety when acting in a supervisory role. There are six essential areas covered and tested:

 

  1. Health and safety law and how it applies to supervisors
  2. supervisory responsibilities in controlling site safely
  3. risk assessments and the need for method statements
  4. effective site inductions, toolbox talks and method statement briefings
  5. monitoring site activities effectively
  6. timely intervention when bad practice is identified

 

Congratulations to: Luke Demetriou, Darren Roberts, Craig Tarbotton, Ryan Shann and Richard Waite.

 

Further congratulations are in order for our surveyor, Paul Glover CSRT. Paul has completed and passed his IOSH, “Managing Safely” course. This course is designed for those managing work and preparing risk assessments and safe systems of work. The course is validated by The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Paul did exceptionally well and enjoyed the course saying, “It was really worthwhile attending. I feel more confident about my ability to look at a work schedule with an eye to making the work safer for everyone”.

Finally, another Surveyor – Mike Duckett CSRT E eng. Mike attended and passed the Bpec domestic ventilation engineers competence scheme. He’s now a card carrying Bpec approved ventilation specialist. This course tests a surveyor’s knowledge on domestic ventilation systems like extract fans, heat exchange equipment and Positive Input Ventilation systems. The course enables a surveyor to correctly test and commission domestic ventilations systems. This is essential in accordance with Approved document part F of the building regulations and, The Domestic Ventilation Compliance Guide. He’s still learning; Well done Mike!

Our MD Bryan Hindle, is keen that all our surveyors hold this certification, “as specialists in all types of dampness we can always tell clients what is wrong and why their home or commercial building is damp,” he says. “However, where the mould or dampness is caused by excess humidity and condensation, clients need a solution, not just a diagnosis. “Simply telling a client to open windows, turn up the heating or install a fan is no good. An exact specification, for a ventilation system which is legal, economical and safe, requires detailed knowledge of Building Regulations, air flows and equipment performance. This is what bpec certification brings.”

Competence is crucial

Most people want to do good job in their own day-to-day work. Our philosophy is designed to harness our employee’s natural enthusiasm and build on that; giving each of them the support, knowledge and equipment needed to excel themselves. This leads to high quality work, great service for our clients and a sustainable and healthy future for us all.  Nobody is immune to making mistakes, but with good training and validated knowledge, these are few and far between. Competence is crucial to success, we never rely on guesswork or simple good intentions. For this reason, even though we are so well established, we are always “still learning”.

 

If you think you could benefit from our professional structural repairs, damp and timber treatment or wall ties all you need to do is drop us a quick email with your details, or call us on Leeds 265 2752 York 566577 or Sheffield 224 5121 Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be happy to help.

For further information on the qualifications mentioned above, visit the following organisation’s web sites:

CITB

IOSH

Bpec

 

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