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Sabre make Costain Top Five!

Jul 02 2015

Sabre Jetting Services is delighted to announce that we have been named as one of Costains’ top 5 suppliers on the M1 Smart Motorways project over the last 12 months. Of 40 suppliers on the project, Sabre finished 3rd when rated over 5 key areas; People, Time, Safety Health & Environment, Quality and Cost & Commercial Management. This is fantastic news for the company and shows that all the work to continuously improve the company both behind the scenes and out on site is being recognised by our clients.

This recognition reflects innovations by Sabre Jetting such as our POSH procedures, and the focus on development demonstrated by the Investor in People Bronze award. It also shows how our workforce has embraced the company ethos and is actively providing a high class service to our customers. Costain is recognised as one of the Top 100 ‘Most Admired’ companies in the UK, so to be rated 3rd in their list of suppliers, on what is a major project, is extremely pleasing.

Further to the developments mentioned above, the company has also continued to progress in a number of other areas, from the high quality & maintenance of equipment through to the training and appearance of the operators.

On the equipment front, all of the jetting machines utilise the best pumps and engines available within the industry and are serviced at 350hr, 700hr & 1000hr intervals. All of the plant and company vehicles carry the company livery and are chapter 8, meaning they have all of the necessary safety features for highways works. To ensure these specialist plant units have everything they need whilst on site, a discharge check of the units is carried out before and after every project with any missing equipment replaced and any faults corrected. These simple but crucial checks are paramount to ensuring an excellent service.

With regard to our operators, we believe Sabre Jetting has the most extensively trained and highly skilled workforce within the industry. The training our operators have received includes, water jetting NVQ level 2, WJA H&S, manual handling, first aid, SEATS, SSP, confined space and IPAF with all of the team leaders also holding the SSSTS. In addition to these external training courses our operators also receive in house training in the following areas; reaction force, short lances, safety standby and the aforementioned POSH procedures. Any new starts with no previous jetting experience must go through a 12 month practical training period which has also been developed in house and is unmatched throughout the rest of the industry.

The recognition from Costain is mirrored by the feedback we received from our customers throughout 2014. At the end of every project we issued quality questionnaires to the clients asking for them to rate our on-site performance from poor to excellent in the following areas; timekeeping, operative presentation, communication, manners, safety awareness, tidiness / clearance of site, machinery presentation and quality of workmanship. The feedback we received was fantastic with 99% of all responses being either good or excellent.

Another aspect of the business showing major growth is the ability to provide a full package on site. This includes the provision of containment, sound attenuation blankets, water and water treatment. The company owns five Siltbuster units and these are checked over before and after every job to ensure they are always operational. When we supply a Siltbuster to a project it arrives on site with two CO2 bottles, two sub pumps, a puddle sucker and all the necessary hoses and fittings. This is not the case if hiring the unit from another source. Our Operations Assistant, James Ingley, is responsible for the maintenance of the Siltbuster Units and pumps plus any other items that we supply such as generators and jetting enclosures. Having James in this role has allowed us the confidence to provide a full package more often as we know we are able to fulfil all the requirements, and that the extra services and equipment we are supplying are to the same high standard as the operators and jetting units.

The benefit to Costain of supplying a package was clearly evident when working on the M1 Smart Motorways project, where we supplied our tanker unit and a Severn Trent Water standpipe as well as a Siltbuster HD Unit and generator. The fact that Sabre were regarded so highly on this project really shows that the package we offer is of interest to our clients and can be executed successfully.

Finally, Sabre Jetting would just like to congratulate all of our employees that were involved with the M1 Smart Motorways project and also all of our operators for their hard work throughout 2014 and continuing into 2015.


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