Cheshire-based container repair and refurbishment company, UK Container Maintenance (UKCM) has been awarded a highly respected and much coveted 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.

UKCM’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.

Liz Wolstenholme, Operations Director at UKCM commented on the accreditation, “At UKCM we understand the importance of workplace health and safety, making it our utmost priority to keep both our staff members and visitors safe.

“We firmly believe in completing regular inspections and ensuring that our teams are provided with safe systems of work and adequate training, enabling them to carry out their jobs safely and competently without risk. This accreditation is a testament to the hard work that we put into place to ensure that not only the safety of our own employees’ is covered, but also that of our customers and the general public when we are out on site.”

Mark Roberts, Technical Director, added, “The nature and purpose of waste containers often leads to their wear, which can consequently create a dangerous working environment. Increasingly at UKCM, we are instructed to carry our container safety audits to highlight issues with the containers and identify any essential maintenance/repairs that are required.”

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 UKCM 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.”

Established in 1998, UKCM, the UK’s largest family owned container repair and refurbishment company is dedicated to the refurbishment of all types of waste and recycling containers. UKCM works across the country offering waste companies and local authorities’ mobile repairs, as well as factory-based services at its head office located in Winsford, Cheshire.

The process brings old, and often unwanted, waste containers back to life instead of them going to scrap. The business model – refurbishment over replacement – is simple and for a third of the price of replacing a container, UKCM can restore the unit to full working order.