SAS Rope & Rail Ltd are extremely pleased to have recently passed their 2020 RISQS Audit, under very different circumstances!
This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual RISQS Audit was moved to online. It had never been done this way before, which meant we had to pull together all our paper evidence in a very short time and get scanning!
The remote audit worked well and after 2 days of video conferencing and document sharing, were very pleased to have yet again passed the audit with no observations, no non-conformances, and no recommendations.
Thank you to all involved.
SAS Rope & Rail Ltd has again been certified as a registered supplier with Constructionline, the UK’s leading procurement and supply chain management service.
Constructionline has a rigorous assessment criteria which we had to meet in order to become a certified member. Constructionline collect and assesses a wide range of information during the certification process, from professional conduct, financial information, proof of insurances, previous experience and references. This process reassures buyers, from both public and private sector organisations, that they have been assessed in-line with government and industry standards.
Constructionline say that reducing the administration burden in the construction industry is their top priority. The scheme works with over 8,000 buyers and 24,000 suppliers to promote better buying practices and to remove PQQ duplication in order to save buyers and supplier’s time and money. Something we could all do with!
We are delighted to have again received a 5* rating in our most recent Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS)Audit.
RISQS is a pre-requisite for those wishing to supply or carry out work on Network Rail’s controlled infrastructure or for London Underground. The accreditation provides an open, fair and transparent way in which SAS Rope & Rail Ltd can be formally recognised as capable service providers the rail industry.
SAS Rope & Rail Ltd has again been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace. Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.
The SafeContractor scheme is a SSIP-approved health and safety assessment scheme for contractors who want to demonstrate that they’re taking responsibility for their legal health and safety requirements.
Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus SafeContractor said: “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.”
“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that SAS Rope & Rail Ltd has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector. SafeContractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”
SAS Rope & Rail Ltd are extremely pleased to have yet again achieved the maximum result of 5 stars in this year’s RISQS Audit.
Having received 5 stars over the last few years, the pressure was really on this year to keep up this high standard, and to prove to the new RISQS Auditors that we know what we’re doing! The thorough audit was carried out over two days, and we were thrilled to receive the best possible result in all our modules; Industry Minimum Requirements, Sentinel, and Safe Work Planning.
RISQS is the entry point for suppliers to the rail industry and provides a service for the qualification of suppliers. RISQS supports Network Rail, LUL/Transport for London, passenger, main infrastructure contractors and other products and services providers in the management of supply chain risk.
This award is a fantastic achievement for all those involved, who put an enormous amount of effort into ensuring SAS Rope & Rail Ltd were compliant with all the necessary standards. The 5-star rating is confirmation that we offer a quality, safe and reliable service to all our clients.
It’s been a very busy time here at SAS Rope & Rail Ltd (we’ll be filling you in on what we’ve been up to in a later blog), and part of this has been the annual RISQS Audit, run by Achilles.
The Auditor visited our Head Office in Swindon for 3 days in May, and audited us on three modules; Industry Minimum
Requirements, Sentinel, and Railway and Interface Planning modules.
This included checking our Method Statements and Risk Assessments, our policies and procedures, that we are undertaking our Safe System of Work planning correctly, and overall that we are running our business to the very strict Railway Standards.
We are extremely proud to say that we have yet again achieved the maximum result of 5 Stars! This means so much to our business and demonstrates that we are undertaking our work to the highest standards, and never underestimate the importance of health and safety. We would like to thank our HSE Consultant, Ian Morris, from RAAS (UK) Ltd, for all his support in helping us achieve this accreditation once again.
SAS Rope & Rail Ltd has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace. Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.
SAS Rope & Rail Ltd is principally involved in the Rope Access and Rail sector, and our most recent clients have included major players such as Amey and WSP.
The company’s application for SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. SafeContractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to win new contracts, and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.
Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus SafeContractor said: “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.” “More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that SAS Rope & Rail Ltd has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.
SafeContractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.
SAS Rope & Rail Ltd have been fortunate to be involved with many exciting projects in our time, and one that we look forward to every year is working at the world famous Royal International Air Tattoo.
SAS Rope & Rail have been working at the Air Tattoo in Fairford, and the Farnborough International Air Show for the past 5 plus years and are always excited to be asked back. We send a team of our highly qualified rope access technicians to install the advertising banners all along the runway. Once the flying is over and the aircraft are on their way home for another year, we send them back to dismantle!
It is an honour to work for such a prestigious event.
SAS Rope & Rail are very proud to report that we have again passed our annual RISQS Audit, and this year we achieved the highest possible rating of 5 stars with no non-conformities.
RISQS are the single entry point for suppliers to the rail industry. Buyers of products and services throughout the GB rail industry use RISQS as its supplier qualification service.
Successfully passing the RISQS audit demonstrates that a company’s business management system meets the health, safety, operational and competence standards required for working in the rail environment.
Managing Director Nick Underwood said: “I would like to thank our HSQE, Sentinel Coordinator and PTS staff for all their hard work in making sure all our processes are implemented correctly all year, as well as the work they’ve done for the audit. The audits have become more and more rigorous and we are very proud of this excellent result.”
SAS Rope & Rail were very proud to have been one of the contractors working on the iconic Forth Road Bridge repairs just before Christmas.
Some facts about The Forth Bridge
- It is a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, 9 miles west of Edinburgh City Centre.
- It is considered an iconic structure and a symbol of Scotland, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- It is owned and operated by Network Rail and is a key part of the Scottish rail network
In December defective steelwork was identified on the bridge, and a decision was made to shut the bridge until New Year so the repairs could be carried out. SAS Rope & Rail sent a team of almost 20 Rope Access technicians up to Scotland to work with Amey on the inspections and repairs.
All the teams working on the bridge, including SAS Rope & Rail, worked around the clock to get the temporary repairs completed as quickly as possible to minimise the disruption caused. The Transport Minister Derek Mackay said:
“For the complex and detailed interim repair to have been completed in this timeframe is a tribute to the highly skilled and dedicated staff who have worked 24/7 since December 3rd. Since the closure was put in place, weather conditions have been mainly favourable and the team have been able to complete the repair work in good time.”
We are extremely proud of our team for their hard work and dedication, and what’s more, they thoroughly enjoyed the project and have never been so keen to get up on the ropes, despite the chilly temperatures!
Good work boys, we look forward to more exciting projects throughout 2016.