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June 2015

Issue 37

“The Scheme is certainly well-established within the industry and is now an

embedded and considered standard or expected practice, rather than being a

voluntary requirement” – Peter Kerr, Health and Safety Manager, DAWSON-WAM

The Scheme is a “driver for

improvement” for


The Northern Ireland-based

contractor, which operates

throughout the UK and Ireland,

has spoken of the benefits of its

long-term partnership with the

Considerate Constructors Scheme


Commenting on the value of

registering with the Scheme,

DAWSON-WAM’s Health and

Safety Manager, Peter Kerr said:

“The Scheme’s principles are our

policies. DAWSON-WAM Ltd has

a long-term commitment to the

Scheme, monitoring progress

and challenging ourselves to

continually improve.

“Through our involvement with

Site Registration, we became

aware of Company Registration

and immediately saw the benefits

to the specialist piling part of the


“We became a member in 2010

and continue to use the Scheme

as a driver for improvement within

our business.”

DAWSON-WAM, which undertakes

both small and large scale civil

engineering and piling works for

residential, commercial and public

authorities, first began registering

its sites with the Scheme in 2004.

It demonstrated its long-term

commitment by becoming a

Company Partner in 2014, fulfilling

the Scheme’s partner requirement

of registering as a company for

a minimum of two years and

consistently performing to a high


One of its recent projects involved

piling for a six bay grain store for

20,000 tonnes of grain within the

port authority at Warrenpoint

Harbour, located on the borders of

Northern Ireland and the Republic

of Ireland.

Praising DAWSON-WAM for its

considerate construction on site,

Scheme Monitor Brian Maguire

said: “The very high standard

of the company operatives,

subcontractors, vehicles and

plant is a reflection of the senior

management involvement in

adhering to the principles.

“The company induction

encourages respect to all and good

manners. Safety is a top priority in

the company, as evidenced by the

very low accident rate and the new

safety initiatives.

“All employees are encouraged to

work as one team with operatives

being multi-skilled. The operatives I

met on site gave me the impression

that they worked for a responsible

and very caring company.”

Outlining why DAWSON-WAM

first began registering with the

Scheme, Peter Kerr explained:

“The Scheme was brought to our

attention through a “Respect for

People” initiative driven by one of

our clients.

“And in 2008 we were delighted to

receive a Silver CCS National Site


Indeed, the company based in

County Down and Bedfordshire

continued to demonstrate its

commitment to considerate

construction as a registered

company, scooping a Gold

National Company Award in 2011,

Silver in 2012, Gold in 2013 and

Silver in 2014.

Asked if his company location

in Northern Ireland posed any

problems in terms of Scheme

registration, Peter said: “As a

long-established business, both

in Northern Ireland and England,

we have not found any particular

challenges, especially after our