With a world class health and safety culture the number one business priority for Mount Anvil, and a brand new company-wide campaign recently launched - Safety Never Stops - we interview one of the newest recruits, full-time paramedic, Mark Harwood.
Who are you and what do you do?
I'm Mark Harwood and I am Mount Anvil’s full-time paramedic.
I have more than 13 years experience working for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust with a number of years as a Team Leader for the Hazardous Area Response Team based in Bristol. That included working at height, confined space, swift water rescue and tactical medicine (firearms).
Day-to-day, what does your role involve?
I’m responsible for proactive health management at Mount Anvil.
I cover all the Mount Anvil construction sites in Central London, carrying out fitness assessments, mini-health checks, advising staff on healthy living and how to prevent future health problems.
Why does a company with a fantastic health and safety record need a paramedic?
Mount Anvil wants to continue to lead the way when it comes to the health, wellbeing and care of their workers. With my experience in pre-hospital care, I bring new ideas that can help do that. For instance, on prevention of future health issues such as strokes and heart attacks.
I hope I'll never be required as a result of an accident on site, although if I am, my extensive emergency response training will be of benefit.
What are your top areas of focus for 2014?
I will be focusing on the general health and wellbeing of all staff (not just construction site workers), encouraging a healthier lifestyle - including better diet, more exercise and cessation of smoking. That said, I need to be included as well as I always struggle to say no to pizza!
And I want to ensure that whichever site you are working on, you know what to expect when it comes to health management.
You're only one month in. How have you found life at mount anvil?
I'm really enjoying it. Everyone has been so welcoming and people have been really happy to run through things with me as many times as I need.
As I don’t have a specific property development or construction background, that’s been invaluable.
I'm also enjoying not having to work 12 hour night shifts!
What have you been most impressed with so far?
The culture and professionalism at Mount Anvil is great and, from what I've seen everyone is happy to be here, which makes a big difference – particularly having endured some extra long train journeys recently as a result of the floods.
Outside of Mount Anvil, what do you like to do?
Now I have my weekends back, I'm able to spend more quality time with my family. I have a 17 month old son who appears not to know that he is actually allowed to sit still for more than 3 minutes, so he keeps us busy!
We live in a small village surrounded by open countryside so when the weather allows, we get out as much as possible. And I also try to get to as many Bath Rugby games as possible.
Finally, what are you most looking forward to in 2014?
Apart from continuing to help drive the world class health and safety culture at Mount Anvil, I should really say my wedding in November!