A Safe Return to Truss Production


As many of our staff start to regain a sense of normality with their working schedules, our Assistant Head of Truss Production Wendy Spiller-Birch has returned to work with health & safety at the forefront of her mind. 

After being away from work on furlough leave as our production paused, she is glad to have now returned back to her normal routine and catching up with managing Truss production. Based at our Truss Central site in Wellingborough, Wendy assists with organising production’s workload and liaising with Call-Offs to ensure our deliveries are made on time and in full.

With limited numbers of staff in the office so we can safely manage distancing measures, Wendy has adjusted to a new way of working and communicating with colleagues. This has meant changing the methods in which Call- Offs are passed through the system and consistent contact with our Call-Offs Team Leader has ensured nothing is missed. 

In addition to picking up with current operations since her return on the 8th June, Wendy spent her first few days back at work in an IOSH training programme. Led by Head of HSEQ Matt Davies, we are now putting into action our IOSH ‘Managing Safely’ training qualification awarded in January of this year. 

This course involves memorable and thought-provoking facts and case studies from across the globe to give employees the knowledge of health and safety basics. Following this course spread out over 3 days, employees are then required to take an exam to ensure they have fully understood the teachings. 

After passing her exam, Wendy feels the course has been extremely helpful in understanding the importance of our health and safety procedures and the reasoning behind implementing them: ‘I feel like I now have a greater understanding about the ‘why’ behind safety measures and I am comfortable that I know what to look for.’

The group of colleagues carrying out their IOSH training last week

The dedication to safety instilled in our employees who take part in this course is then passed onto their colleagues throughout the business. Wendy has already visited our Cheshire site to put this into practice and is able to visit a different site each month, benefiting both the staff she visits and her own personal role variation.

This ensures we have a consistent message about the importance of safety measures and newly trained employees have the ability to manage this themselves by bringing any potential issues to our attention.

Although Wendy kept her mind active during the lockdown period with gardening, cooking and knitting, she has been glad to return to her working schedule and looks forward to an increasing number of her colleagues returning.


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