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Health & Safety

We actively promote a comprehensive health and safety programme and value our positive safety culture. We are serious about safety and ensuring that no one is injured in the course of their work.

We are working towards a goal of creating zero harm workplaces through sharing information and providing effective safety leadership.

Our Chief Executive David Prentice has made a pledge that applies across the company in all our jurisdictions:

To take personal responsibility for making health and safety a vitalpart of our business.

To create a workplace where everyone views health and safety to be as natural and important as quality, profit and customer service.

Maintaining a strong health and safety culture calls for constant attention, which we apply at all levels of our organisation. Our health and safety performance is regularly reviewed and covered in team briefings, and through health and safety newsletters and alerts.

Our Staff

Kevin - Surveyor

What keeps me interested in my job is that no day is the same. There’s an even balance between an office job and working outside in the fresh air, which I think definitely helps with general wellbeing, and helps me to be a well-rounded surveyor.

I’ve recently been promoted to a Surveyor role, and the support and training I have been given to get to where I am today has been given in abundance. The ability to learn and develop means I have gone from an assistant to a surveyor in just a year and a half.

At Opus Tower Surveys, there is a great sense of family and everyone, especially managers, are generous with their time in helping and guiding me. I know that I am always able to ask for help, and likewise I am always at hand to offer it. I’ve also had every opportunity to increase my training from basics such as First Aid, Working near Water, to Signing and Lighting and Asbestos Awareness courses.

In the future, I would love to expand my knowledge and develop my skills into more specific surveying teams.

Sarah – Graduate Surveyor

Opus Tower Surveys promotes an environment of trust, and as a Geomatics graduate I was immediately provided with the ability to take control of my own projects. After 3 weeks, I was on site and able to not only practically apply and develop my technical skills, but work directly with clients and foster lasting work relationships. Ultimately, Opus Tower Surveys allows you the space to bring value to the company, which overall has a huge impact on my work output.

I have already had the opportunity to work on some great projects, including one a Calke Abbey for the National Trust, which proves how far I have come in such a short time as when I started I was working on small 30m2 sites. The ability to work for such reputable clients keeps me really motivated, but to succeed in this job you really do need to enjoy hard work and being in any weather. Client satisfaction makes it worth it though!

In terms of development, it has been invaluable and I am really well supported by my manager who constantly challenges me and pushes me to always employ a closer attention to detail and continuously evaluate my work (we are working to mm precision after all!) I’m also part of the Graduate Development Programme with Opus, which is helping me to highlight prospective training courses as well as providing me the opportunity to become a Chartered Surveyor.

I’m really looking forward to my future within Tower and pushing the company to strive to better and newer heights.

Angus - Surveyor

The main word that comes to mind when I think of Tower Survey’s working environment is friendliness. We promote a driven and hardworking ethos but the environment is friendly and I always know that I am well supported by my team. Managers are receptive and approachable, but still challenge me to make decisions and develop techniques for myself.

I’m a Laser Scanning Surveyor which means I get to work with really interesting specialist equipment and software. It also affords me the benefit of being able to work on site and in the office, however, ultimately the aspect I like best about my job is the autonomy; that the organisation and delivery of my work is solely down to me.

It also really helps to be a people person, as you form tight knit relationships with your fellow team, and are frequently on site with clients. In the past, I have worked with a huge variety of people and it helps to be open and adaptable to different situations. My job has seen me work on important national heritage sites - on viaducts or in crypts - to working on a RAF station with Typhoons taking off overhead. These perks make the long days or bad weather seem irrelevant to me!

Generally, my training has come from on the job experience, where I watch and imitate others or develop new techniques that work for me, however Opus Tower Surveys constantly encourages us to seek out new courses. I have recently completed my Personal Track Safety Certificate which means I can now work on a site with live rail tracks.

Tawanda Mutiwanyuka – Associate Manager/Principal Surveyor

Opus Tower Surveys offers career opportunities, flexible working, regular training and development, numerous benefits, a great working atmosphere and recognised organisational culture. It is great to work for a company that, as part of a large company, continues to win cultural and technical awards.

As an Associate Manging/Principal Surveyor, I have learnt that every person’s role in the business is unique and important. I have got to where I am because I have tapped into the uniqueness of each individual, and used both the positives and the negatives to develop both my role and my career.

I have also learnt a lot of technical skills and have achieved numerous health and safety certifications, but internally it is the managerial learning that I value most. Some of the training I have received has been formally organised through workshops and seminars, however some of it has been through other senior managers and being part of Opus Tower Surveys' senior management team.

A project that particularly sticks in my mind is Nottingham Express Transit (NET) 2. Every aspect of my professionalism was tested on this project. It was an ambitious project with constant trouble shooting, but allowed Opus Tower Surveys the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise to a large joint venture. The highlight of the project, for me, was the installation of the Queens Medical Centre Bridge over the A52 in a single night.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inpEh2kFrTs – NET Phase 2 – A52 Clifton Boulevard Tram Bridge

Nick – Principal Surveyor

For me, the greatest opportunity I have been provided with at Opus Tower Surveys was to develop the laser scanning department. After my move to the Nottingham office, I was given the chance to lead the department into a prosperous and successful position within the company. Though such a task can be very daunting, my managers were always on hand to help and offer guidance.

As a Principal Surveyor, I lead the laser scanning team, I started with Opus Tower Surveys as an assistant surveyor. Everything that I know about surveying has come from my time here. I experienced a lot of on the job training, which really suits me, but have also been given the time and opportunity to research and develop myself with in-house training courses and mentoring programmes.

I am currently mapping a disused mine below the site of a future development in order to assess its condition. Projects like these, which are somewhat out of the ordinary, keep me enthusiastic and

passionate about my job. Surveying offers such varied experiences, from physically being on expansive sites with a total station, to working on extremely precise details in the office.

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