The safety and wellbeing of our people and communities is our number one priority.
At Wates we strive for zero harm, and are proud of our industry-leading safety record, with a performance well above the industry average.
This drive towards a Zero Harm culture is set out in our long-term Zero Harm strategy in which everyone, regardless of job role, has an important part to play. This strategy is underpinned by our Were Safer Together campaign – an award-winning engagement and learning programme.
Since the introduction of the campaign in 2016, we have seen a marked reduction in incidents. In 2018 the Groups RIDDOR Accident Frequency Rate reduced by 26% from 2017 to 0.035 equivalent to a 70% drop over five years. We reported a 33% reduction in the number of lost time injuries reported (a 77% rate fall over five years) and our safety performance led the industry, with an accident incidence rate 77% below the industry average (among Build UK members)
Our commitment to achieving Zero Harm is steadfast:
- We will eliminate the realistic likelihood of serious harm through our operations and we will make our sites as safe as our offices
- We will eliminate all occupational health risks with zero cases of new long-term work-related illnesses (including mental health)
Every mind matters
Our aim is to provide positive and healthy working environments that protect our people from harm and which support their mental health and wellbeing.
Our long-term wellbeing strategy aims to eliminate all cases of work-related stress absenteeism, and to ensure every employee feels they are supported to achieve their right work-life balance. It also aims to improve wellbeing for the people living in the communities in which we work.
Wates was one of the first companies to sign up to Time To Change a major campaign to raise awareness of mental health and remove the stigma about talking about mental health issues; and we actively support Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters campaign.