• Wide Experience

    Established in 1999 Explorer Associates has
    gained an unparalleled reputation for Project
    Management and Health and Safety consultancy

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Explorer Associates Ltd website

Based in Folkestone, Kent close to the Channel Tunnel, cross channel ferries and to London Airports, Explorer Associates are ideally placed to reach UK and European clients rapidly.

Founded in 1999 the experienced team developed rapidly into clear divisions of project management, safety consultancy, specialised auditing of stock and accident investigations.

In over 20 years the Company’s ever growing client base and on-going retained firms include companies from all types of industry such as: Liquidity Services (UK) Ltd, Williams Transport and Metcalfe logistics, Wrightsure Insurance Agents, John Williams Roofing, Camier Groundworks, Premier Food Group, McGee Demolition, S.K.Engineering and C-Elect Associates and BP Oils and Chemicals to name just a few the examples.


We have been established for over 20 years


All our customers are sure of a personal service


A portfolio of trade, private & commercial clients


We will be there as soon as you need us

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Our History

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A Real World Service

A personal and tailored service that offers important security and assurance to every customer

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Jerry Ridgway, former MD of Laing Tool Hire Group and later Associate Partner of leading Auctioneers Henry Butcher International Ltd launched Explorer Associates in 1999. In addition to the work with Henry Butcher International Ltd, Jerry's former experience was gained in marine, mining, engineering, heavy plant sales, managing large projects such as the asset disposal programme for TML Eurotunnel on the Channel Tunnel Project and Falkland Islands construction asset sales.

The Company developed rapidly into clear divisions of experienced project management, health, welfare and safety consultancy, specialised auditing and accident investigations.

Various projects have been undertaken with organisations including BP Oils & Chemicals Plc, Rand Gold Mining, Island Copper Mining, Q8 (Italy, Trans Asia Refineries - Pakistan), Shredded Wheat (CPUK), Hilco Appraisal, Troostwijkt auctions, Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts as examples.

The small but highly experienced team and Associates cover projects and response throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe.

"Explorer Associates remain unique. We offer clients a service very much 'in the real world' and cover certain essential sides of the business that are so often overlooked until it is too late. A personal and tailored service offers important security and assurances to the customer."

Jerry Ridgway

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Managing Director

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Services to suit you

Working with the most experience, the best knowledge and upmost respect, we have got you covered

Frequently Asked Questions

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If you are an employer or an employee, then Health and Safety law applies to you.

If you are an employer you are legally required to ensure a safe and healthy workplace and working environment for your employees and others who may attend your workplace such as visitors, contractors etc. You should develop a positive Health and Safety culture, where safe and healthy working practice becomes second nature to everyone.

The law requires that you provide whatever information, instruction, supervision and training that is needed to ensure the well-being of your employees.

Employees are responsible for their own safety and that of others who may be affected by their actions and they also have a duty to co-operate with the employer's policies and procedures that may affect health and safety.

A Health and Safety Policy is required where 5 or more staff are employed in a workplace.

A Risk Assessment is simply a careful examination of what in your working environment could cause harm to people, e.g. staff, contractors, visitors. This enables you to decide, on balance, whether the precautions you take to remove or reduce risk are sufficient or whether you need to take further precautions.

Workers and others have a right to be protected from harm caused by a failure to provide reasonable control measures.

Accidents and ill health can ruin lives and affect your business if output is lost, machinery is damaged, insurance costs increase or you have to go to court. You are legally required to assess the risks in your workplace so you should put in place a plan to control the risks.

A Method Statement is a document detailing how a particular process will be carried out. Such a statement is used to describe how construction, installation, removal and demolition works can be carried out safely. It should include background details of the company, site address, copies of the company's insurance details and an overview of the project. It should also detail the possible dangers associated with your particular part of the project and the methods of control to be established, to show how the work will be managed safely.

Every new job or activity in the workplace must be assessed for risk of harm. A 'Suitable and Sufficient' risk assessment needs to be produced to cover employees and non-employees who could be affected by the employers undertakings.

This is a legal requirement as set out in the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999.

There are several other regulations that require specific Risk Assessments to be carried out before commencing a new job. These include:

  • Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999
  • Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002
  • Noise at Work Regulations 1989
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005
  • Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2015

You should prepare a unique safety Method Statement relating specifically to each new job where there is the potential for harm. It should include a clear description of the precautions and systems of work involved which were identified in the Risk Assessment. Everyone involved in the work needs to know what the Method Statement says and confirm that it has been understood. If they cannot understand the precautions or systems of work they should not be permitted to carry out the work.

Make sure that arrangements are noted on the Method Statement for supervision to be carried out to check that the correct procedures are being followed.

Explorer Associates are a flexible and responsive Company. We have responded and project managed from a number of different countries throughout Europe; we operate an Emergency call-out scheme for our clients and we can attend any incident, within 12 hours in the UK and within the European Community and within 24 hours worldwide.

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A highly experienced team and Associates covering projects and response throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe and the Middle East

Explorer Associates

Head Office

Address: F1, 12 Radnor Cliff, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2JJ

+44(0)1303 211341


Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm GMT


In the event of an emergency, outside of office hours, please call
24-hour Emergency Hotline: +44(0)7901 857463


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