Industry Best Practice
Construction is recognised as one of the most dangerous industries to work in within the UK.
Every year between 40 and 80 Construction workers are killed on construction sites with 500 to 800 seriously injured. Excavations are perceived as being particularly hazardous within the Construction site.
MGF are committed to improving excavation safety and creating safe working environments for our customers and in the communities in which we operate. We are fully aware of our obligations under the CDM Regulations:2007 and take a pro-active approach to developing and promoting industry best practice through experience, research, innovation and training.
We are currently members of the
Shoring Technology Interest Group (STIG) and Training on Plant in Construction (TOPIC), sub-groups of the CPA and are key contributors to developing and maintaining technical standards. MGF were co-authors of ‘Safety in Shoring: The Proprietary Shoring & Piling Equipment Manual’ produced by the CPA in 2006. More recently our Engineering Director in his role as Chair of STIG has authored the Good Practice Guide ‘Management of Shoring Excavations’
We have worked closely with the HSE promoting best practice in Earthworks for the UK and on their national Working Well Together campaigns to promote industry best practice in shoring and trench support.
Our Safe Systems of Work installation guidance is both award winning and industry leading in terms of providing simple, accessible occupational health and safety guidance to safe shoring and the use of our products. through innovation and embracing new technologies we aim to support our customers to create safe working environments.
In 2014 our Safe Systems of Work Guidance Tools were recognised by the construction industry through receiving the competitive Ground Engineering Award for Health and Safety 2014. Panel judges commented “A well rounded submission that describes a product that focuses on a specific activity, using a new technology to de-risk a common high-risk process”
Our series of 3D animated installation guide videos have been the central innovation in a focused campaign to improve occupational health and safety and were first recognised by the industry for their contribution to improved Health and Safety in the Occupational Health and Safety Awards in 2013 by Welsh Water winning ‘Best Innovative Idea’.