Robert Higgins City Construction Limited is committed to equality and valuing diversity within its workforce and we welcome non-English speaking personnel onto our sites. However, sub-contractors are reminded of the following:
- It is the responsibility of the sub-contractor to ensure that all of their operatives are eligible to work in the United Kingdom and to provide evidence of this to Robert Higgins City Construction site management before commencing work on site.
- All operatives must hold a valid CSCS card, clearly identifying their trade or skill that is recognised by the UK construction industry. All cards will be checked and anyone found to be in possession of a fraudulent card will be refused authority to work on the site.
- All operatives who do not have English as their first language must be able to understand spoken English and written site communications and instructions. This may be by the use of an interpreter.
- Gang employed operatives are to have at least 1 English speaking supervisor per 5 operatives and have at least one year’s experience on a UK construction site. This supervisor must hold approved site supervisory and emergency first aid qualifications.
- Sub-contractors are fully responsible for all additional resources and associated costs required to effect satisfactory levels of competence and communication within their workforce.
- Sub-contractors who employ non-English speaking operatives as a substantial part of their workforce are required to ensure that approved copies of their risk assessments and method statements are supplied to their operatives in the appropriate language.
- Sub-contractors who carry out the design will be fully conversant with CDM 2015 and comply with their designer duties. All designs will be presented in English and include codes and a format acceptable to the building control office overseeing the project.
- All operatives will be subject to a site induction before commencing work on site. Where the operative is non-English speaking, Robert Higgins City Construction will try to provide site inductions in the operative’s native language, but it will be the ultimate responsibility of the sub-contractor to ensure that their operatives fully understand the induction. For more information about the scheme visit www.cscs.uk.com
This policy is subject to continuous monitoring and review to ensure continued improvement in our working practices.