Last year saw Galway-based Dominic O’Connor Ltd celebrating its 20th anniversary. A clue to the mechanical and engineering services specialist’s longevity has been its commitment to continual improvement in all areas of its operation. This was underlined last year when the company was Highly Commended at the NISO Awards following the strengthening of its health and safety approach.
“Receiving the NISO Award recognition is highly valuable for the company and demonstrates that we’re on the right track,” explains Oneasa McMorrow, EHS Manager. “We currently hold ISO certification for 9001 for quality, 14001 for environmental and 45001 for safety thanks to a huge drive by all the senior management. Gaining these accreditations subsequently led to us entering the NISO Awards and being Highly Commended.”
The success is testament to the hard work that has taken place in the four years since Oneasa took on her role at Dominic O’Connor Ltd. “Since I started with Dominic O’Connor Ltd a great deal of work was required before we could consider applying for the necessary accreditations.”
The progress that has been made has been made possible by the high degree of employee involvement that has been engendered across all levels of the company.
“Strong levels of communication and regular meetings were absolutely vital in building the foundations for the improvements we’ve seen,” outlines Oneasa. “I’ve been extremely fortunate that the senior management team within the company have a great understanding of my role and the importance of gaining the various accreditations. Their drive and determination in implementing these standards right across the company means that we’re now all seeing the benefits. Without their support the progress we’ve made wouldn’t have been possible, so to get the NISO Award recognition was hugely challenging and yet extremely rewarding for everyone within the company.
“Even though it was our 20th anniversary last year we didn’t really get much opportunity to mark the occasion because we were so busy. The night of the awards therefore gave us a chance to celebrate. We’re now going to use the award scheme as a tool to improve further as we have a benchmark on which to measure our performance. We will definitely be entering the NISO Awards again this year in order to keep pushing ourselves to the next level. Last year was something of a taster for our management team in terms of what we needed to do and it did involve a significant learning curve. Having made so much in-roads we’re now determined to not only maintain the standards we’ve set but build on them further. We’re fully committed to taking our staff on this journey with us and continual training programmes will be integral to this.”
Following the work undertaken to improve its infrastructure and its practices, Dominic O’Connor Ltd is well placed to build on its 20-year history as it looks to further strengthen its reputation within the various markets it operates in. These sectors include education, healthcare, commercial (fit outs), industrial, student accommodation, processing plants, hotel & leisure and residential.
“The increased skill set within the company and the accreditation that have followed have definitely opened up more doors for us, this achievement is one we are extremely proud of, as it demonstrates our continual commitment to providing the highest quality service to our clients and further establishes Dominic O’Connor Ltd as a leader in Mechanical Services.”
As it moves into its 21st year, Dominic O’Connor Ltd is showing all the signs of having another successful 12 months as it looks to make the most of the improvements it has made to its infrastructure and systems. An example of that is it has recently successfully secured a contract for multi-million euro mixed-use development in Bonham Quay Galway in which it will utilise the latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes and install systems to meet the newest 2020 nZEB Standards.