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Lilleker Bros: Caring for the Workforce

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The success enjoyed by South Yorkshire-based Mechanical and Electrical specialist Lilleker Bros Ltd is an enviable accomplishment, one which the company is rightly proud of, but it comes with its challenges. Working across a broad spectrum of sectors throughout the UK and even abroad, the company added to its capability two years ago with the addition of a mechanical division to complement its electrical solutions and has witnessed significant growth. It has successfully managed this increased scale through attention to detail, a dedication to high standards, and working closely with the client to deliver the right solution.

Whether it be in the food sector, where it enjoys a strong presence, or working on power stations, Lilleker Bros. Ltd utilises the expertise it boasts in-house to target its resources economically. This sees engineers work within their own specialist sectors, developing, in many cases, long-term relationships with clients, which results in repeat business. The company’s track record also sees it providing vital services to main contractors such as Kier and Morgan Sindall on a range of contracts including major public sector schemes.

Importantly, the company can tackle the diverse range of projects it gets involved in because of the expertise it has at its disposal (currently it is working on around a dozen jobs ranging from solely mechanical or electrical or a combination of both). However, as work environments differ from sector to sector, health and safety, which is fundamental to Lilleker’s successful work ethic, holds even greater significance. Similar to its confident approach to its key services, the company has established a robust approach that promotes best practice.

“We recognised that health and safety needed dedicated management and that the successful implementation of such would complement our ambitious growth plans,” acknowledges Health and Safety Manager Fiona Stubbs, who was installed in the position two years ago and has overseen Lilleker Bros. Ltd obtaining not only the key safety accreditation OHSAS 18001 but also its environmental equivalent ISO 14001.

“My role was about building upon our current approach at the time and to oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures that would bring benefits to our overall capability,” she adds, describing the company’s approach as “very proactive”.

Indeed, it takes a lead on safety across all its projects, liaising with client representatives to ensure the safe and efficient use of all resources. Fiona also makes her presence known onsite with regular visits to monitor activity and ensure standards are being met. She is also eager to change the preconception about her role being only about ticking boxes, ensuring she works closely with the site supervisor to organise sites in line with Lilleker’s Health and Safety policy. This is complemented by a strong commitment to teamwork, encouraging the workforce to have their own input and therefore play a role in the company’s proactive approach.

It’s challenging, particularly when many of the more experienced staff have enjoyed decades in the industry without such a high degree of focus on health and wellbeing. That’s where Lilleker’s “family approach” comes into play. “We nurture people through change, we don’t use a heavy hand,” says Fiona.

Accreditations to CHAS, PICS, Safe Contractor and Constructionline all complement the company’s OHSAS 18001 certification, and highlight not only an ability to implement regulated systems but a willingness to improve over the long term. A dedicated in-house training facility has enhanced Lilleker’s endeavours with non-accredited skills such as manual handling, abrasive wheels, working at heights, harness inspection, environmental awareness, 17th edition wiring regs amendment 3 awareness and safe isolation developed through internal training programmes, topped up with toolbox talks.

It’s an exciting time for this growing business and health and safety is playing a crucial part in Lilleker’s development as a specialist mechanical and electrical services provider. With its ambitious plans set to see the business grow its presence even further, the future’s bright for this South Yorkshire ace.

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BDC 301 February 2023