Health and safety


  • We have successfully reduced our RIDDOR seven-day reportable incident rate to 426.36 incidents per 100,000 site operatives (2016: 445.19)
  • We delivered a campaign and safety briefings addressing slips, trips and falls at all Bellway sites
  • For the fourth year running, our NHBC health and safety incident rate improved to 0.690 (2016: 0.766) – our score is 4 times better than the industry average of 3.017
  • 10 Bellway Site Managers won awards at the 2017 National House Building Council (NHBC) Health and Safety Awards (2016: 5), including the National Award in the large builder category and the National Runner-up award in the multi-storey category
  • There were no health and safety prosecutions during the year

Performance Against 2016/17 Target

We will deliver ‘slips, trips & falls’ safety briefings at 100% of sites to aid a reduction in our RIDDOR Reportable Accident and Incidents

All sites received at least 1 ‘slips, trips and falls’ safety briefing during the year, assisting in the reduction in our RIDDOR rate to 426.37 (2016: 445.19)

Comparative Data

Percentage of homes developed on Brownfield Sites

Percentage of homes developed on Brownfield Sites


2017/18 targets

For the 2017/18 Bellway financial year, we have set a range of targets across our three CR themes (Environment, Construction, and Society and Economy). We have prioritised these targets and published our top 12 priorities across the themes for this financial year. This approach allows us to focus our efforts on the areas of greatest impact, while continuing to work internally on our additional targets.

Below you can find our public targets relating to energy.

We will deliver ‘Traffic Management’ and ‘Ladder Training’ safety briefings at 100% of sites to aid a reduction in our RIDDOR Reportable Accident and Incidents

We continue to actively promote safe working on all our sites through the use of training, toolbox talks, informal and formal inspections and best practice forums. We also encourage our workforce to communicate with us on any areas of concern regarding health and safety.

Health And Safety Monitoring On Sites

A team of highly qualified, experienced and professional Health and Safety Managers oversee health and safety provision and practice on Bellway’s sites. The team meets on a quarterly basis with the Group Chief Operating Officer to discuss performance and co-ordinate ongoing campaigns.

Each division is allocated to a member of the health and safety team, who then undertakes site inspections, provides advice on legislative requirements and best practice and is a liaison between Bellway and external parties such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the NHBC.

Slips, trips and falls continue to be a focus area, with ongoing training to help our workforce and management identify the risks, determine the right course of action, and undertake work to eliminate the risk. We are also participating in occupational health risk reduction schemes in order to determine which are most beneficial, with the view to roll them out across our company.

The National House Building Council (NHBC) are contracted, as third party advisers, to visit and provide a report on every working site at least once a month, and more frequently on busier sites. Sites are given a numerical score depending on the level of risk identified and this score allows Site Managers and senior management to allocate appropriate resources and prioritise tasks.

Health And Safety Training

Bellway Site Managers play a vital role in delivering these high standards and our Health and Safety Policy requires all Site Managers to complete and maintain qualifications in first aid, scaffold appreciation and the nationally recognised Site Management Safety Training Scheme. The appointment of a Group Learning and Development Manager this year further improved the monitoring and delivery of training across the Group and helped to ensure all employees remained in compliance with our training matrix.

We believe that by investing in people we are making it possible for skilled employment to flourish. We directly employ a number of apprentices and each young worker is partnered with an experienced team member to teach them not only their chosen trade, but also how to work safely on site. We also encourage apprenticeships through our sub-contractors and actively support training on our sites.

Safety Of Our Customers And Members Of The Public

Our customers are briefed on health and safety procedures, via information in their New Home Pack, as well as verbal briefings from the Sales Advisor/Site Manager during the home demonstration before moving into their new home. Additional information in the form of signage around the site is also provided to aid customers’ awareness of risk as the site build progresses.

We often visit schools or local businesses when we are building nearby to encourage a greater understanding of the risks associated with construction and also to encourage robust communication between all parties.

Sub-Contractors’ Safety

We check our all sub-contractors before allowing them to commence work on a Bellway site. This is designed to cover a number of issues, including health and safety. Our entire site workforce has to be fully qualified under the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) or equivalent and this is monitored every six months through a national audit.

All sub-contractors must also have been approved under the NHBC’s Safemark scheme or the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) and must provide references and previous accident and prosecution data. We stringently check this data to ensure that all who represent Bellway have the highest health and safety credentials.

Dust Suppression

We actively promote the use of dust suppression equipment during the construction process to reduce the risk of silica dust inhalation. The latest Home Builders Federation guidance on dust suppression has been rolled out nationally and we continue to monitor this issue to ensure full compliance.

Construction companies all over Britain have been quick to respond to the risk that silica dust poses but we have gone beyond the industry’s general response. While silica poses a significant risk, we were also concerned about the risk posed by secondary and treated timbers such as medium density fireboard (MDF), particularly as it is often cut by joiners in confined spaces. On-site analysis demonstrated that dust levels are well within the Working Exposure Limit, prescribed by Regulations.

Health And Wellbeing

We are keen to encourage our workforce to consider their lifestyle and how it affects their health and long-term well-being. Through our partnership with Cancer Research UK we are raising awareness of cancer prevention with a range of poster and leaflet campaigns, and we provide toolbox talks for significant industrial risks such as skin cancer due to outdoor working, dermatitis, manual handling injuries and leptospirosis.

Case study

Award Winning Health and Safety

Bellway East Midlands site manager, Jan Ruddick, was named as the national winner in the National House Building Council’s (NHBC) Health and Safety Awards. Jan oversees construction at The Priory development site in Thringstone, Leicestershire, which won the Best Site award for 2017. Jan’s success follows his Quality Award win in the NHBC’s Pride in the Job Awards. In addition Chandra Kancham (site manager in the North London division) picked up the NHBC Health and Safety Runner-up Award in the Multi Story category. In all 10 Bellway site managers were recognised in the awards, the company’s best ever year.

The NHBC is an independent body tasked with ensuring standards are maintained and continually improving in the new homes sector. NHBC inspectors make regular visits to new developments and they judge health and safety standards on an ongoing basis. It is the site manager’s responsibility to ensure all health and safety protocols are being followed, as well as coming up with innovative ways to spread the message, and winning the national award requires unwavering attention to detail.

Jan said: “I worked closely with my Regional Health and Safety Manager, Claire Birkhead, and came up with ways of working with the community. This included hosting some sessions with a local school to teach them about health and safety on site. You can’t get higher than winning a national health and safety award so the challenge is going to be to retain the title.”