The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd has become the first ever GGF Member to achieve a Gold rating in the GGF GLASS Charter Merit Scheme, taking a giant leap into the health and safety record books.

Described as ‘the pinnacle of good Health and Safety management’, the Gold level of the GGF GLASS Charter Merit Scheme is awarded only to companies that can demonstrate that a health and safety culture is embedded right across their business and that the very highest standards are adhered to at every level.

For this reason, the GGF is proud to announce that The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd has become the first ever GGF Member to graduate from Silver to Gold in the GGF’s roadmap scheme for continuous Health & Safety improvement.

The team from the Chelmsford-based commercial window and door installer made history by successfully upgrading from the GLASS Charter Level Silver 3 which they received last year, having completed the final piece in the jigsaw: eliminating the need for their fitters to climb onto the roofs of their vans to remove ladders.

In fact, the company has come up with an innovative solution that it says could be rolled out to other installers aiming to achieve the same level of health and safety compliance. It has worked with a specialist van supplier to develop a brand new mechanical lifting system which sits in the centre of the roof to lift and lower the ladders.

David Thornton, chair of The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd is justifiably proud of the company’s achievement. He said: “We have enjoyed the challenge of reaching the Gold standard and the incremental improvements we have made will certainly make a difference to our fitters. With so many of our clients increasingly recognising the value of this GGF scheme, I expect it to have commercial benefits for us in time as well.”

Katie Thornton, Director of Compliance and Administration at The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd accepted the Gold award on behalf of the company from GGF Group Chief Executive Kevin Buckley at GGF Members’ Day, held on the 12th of September at The National Conference Centre.

Phil Pinnington, GGF Health and Safety Director said, “I am both pleased and proud to have been able to recommend The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd to receive the Gold award. The Scheme does call for high standards and David’s team have clearly proved that sensible Health and Safety is possible for any size of business.”

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