Health & Safety


At M O’Brien Group health and safety is a core value that shapes the way we operate. We work closely with our clients throughout all stages of a project to ensure that we are providing a quality service, whilst meeting and exceeding expectations for health, safety and environmental performance. 

To align with our ‘Think Safe, Work Safe, Home Safe’ message, we closely monitor the competence of our operatives and empower our workforce to speak up when it comes to matters concerning health, safety and well-being. Our management teams are fully committed to supporting any operative’s decision to stop work if they don’t feel safe. 

M O’Brien Group is passionate about continuous improvement and we are always looking for new ways to build on the safety of our machines and enhance our management systems. We recognise the need for embracing innovation. As construction plant continues to expand its capabilities, we are keen to support trials that seek to improve both operator safety and people plant interface through the use of new technology. 

We work collaboratively with our clients to achieve our strategic health and safety objectives, acting responsibly to protect our people, those affected by our activities and our environment.

Safety Features on our Plant

10 Golden Rules of Safety


Only by setting the highest standards for ourselves will we be able to retain the trust of our customers and the people using our infrastructure. We Have committed to a strong Health and safety policy that will allow us to reach our target of Zero accidents.

For us, this means:

Home safe every day.

We build health safety and wellbeing into everything we do, its an integrated culture that underpins all of our works with the ultimate goal of ensuring that everyone returns home safe each and every day. We engage with our workforce so that they understand the decisions that they make on site and how they can develop new, safer and healthier methods of project delivery. 

We take lessons learned from previous occurrences and projects in the industry and take this knowledge to help our pre construction teams design hazards out of the project. Every member of the M O’Brien team has the empowerment to stop work if they feel it is unsafe and it is the responsibility of everybody to create a safer industry through their feedback and resulting initiatives.


The elements of the Zero Harm framework are supported
by the following commitments:

Click on the headlines below to learn more about each segment of our Zero Harm commitments. 

Accreditation & Memberships

Achilles Building Confidence

Achilles Building Confidence are a partner of choice for supply chain risk and performance management in Natural Resources, Industrials and Infrastructure sectors. Achilles run supplier pre-qualification programmes, validate data, carry out industry audits and mitigate risks.

They also offer innovative products, services and training in supply chain management. Buyers and Suppliers form lasting business partnerships in industry communities unique to Achilles.


The Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) is the supplier pre-qualification service used by buyers of all products and services throughout the GB rail industry.

With gaining this accreditation, M O’Brien can supply a vast range of compliant Civils Plant to the Rail Industry on both an Operated and Self Drive basis.

CPA (Construction Plant-Hire Association)

CPA is the UK’s principal point of contact for all issues relating to use of construction plant.
CPA works with government departments and agencies, local authorities, construction clients, private companies, other trade associations, and third-sector organisations.

Health and safety

CPA places a great importance on employee health and safety, and meets regularly with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on both policy and implementation matters. HSE specialists are an integral part of the work of all CPA’s Special Interest Groups.

Training and skills

CPA works closely with CITB, the Construction Industry Training Board, and other awarding bodies in construction. CPA has been instrumental in the development of National Occupational Standards, training schemes and competence testing through the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS).

The CPA Model Conditions for plant hire agreements are fair to both hire company and customer: they clarify each party’s responsibilities, and are well respected within the industry.


The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to the interests of the road haulage industry. It is the only trade association in the United Kingdom dedicated solely to road haulage. As a trade association, the RHA is responsible for campaigning, advice, training, information and business services for its members within the UK haulage industry, including audits, risk assessments and contracts of employment.


The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme that promotes best practice for commercial vehicle operators. With over 4,700 members, FORS is gaining recognition as the transport industry’s go-to accreditation scheme. FORS encompasses all aspects of safety, efficiency, and environmental protection by encouraging and training fleet operators to measure, monitor and improve performance. FORS provides accreditation pathways for operators of any type, and for those organisations that award contracts and specify transport requirements.

ISO 9001

ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. With annual audits, we aim to continuously improve and adapt our management system surpass our customer’s expectations.

ISO 14001

ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system.

ISO 45001

Structured in a similar way to other ISO management systems, the approach will be familiar to users of standards such as ISO 14001 or ISO 9001. ISO 45001 builds on the success of earlier international standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labour Organization’s ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO’s international labour standards and conventions.

CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Community Safety)

CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Community Safety) is a national Standard that requires all stakeholders in construction to take responsibility for health & safety beyond the hoardings. It demands collaborative action to prevent fatal or serious collisions between vehicles servicing construction projects and vulnerable road users: pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.


Constructionline work alongside a huge range of suppliers and buyers, giving members like us access to a validated pool of high quality suppliers. Not only does this ensure that we work alongside approved and accredited partners, it also supports local economies.

Supply Chain Sustainability School

The M O’Brien Group is a partner member of the supply chain sustainability school, an industry wide collaboration led by partners seeking continuous improvement to enable a sustainable built environment. M O’Brien is a member of the plant group and an active signatory of the Plant charter, committing M O’Brien to the highest standards of sustainable business operations. Our involvement with the school allows us to share and exchange ideas and best practice with other industry leaders and ensures that we are up to date with the latest innovations available when it comes to safety and sustainability.

Mates in Mind

Mates in Mind is a leading UK charity raising awareness and addressing the stigma of poor mental health. We promote and lead on the development of positive mental wellbeing within the workplace. Mates in Mind works across industries, focusing on construction, as well as related sectors including transport, logistics, manufacturing, and others.

Mates in Mind aims to provide clear information to employers about the available support and guidance on mental health and wellbeing, and how they can address this within their organisations.

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