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Infrastructure leaders launch health, safety & wellbeing project

Track laying

Leaders from leading UK infrastructure firms have joint forces to make a “step change” in the safety, health and wellbeing of workers involved in major projects.

Driven by the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG), the likes of HS2 Ltd, Heathrow and Transport for London are all taking part in the scheme. Other members include National Grid, Tideway and Highways England.

The group have now committed to tackling seven areas identified as posing a “significant risk” to the industry’s workforce.

For each area, the group will develop a set of action points by April 2020, with the aim of “eliminating the illness and injury caused by these risks by 2025”.

The areas are:

  • People & Mobile plant
  • Mental health
  • Striking buried services
  • Lifting operations
  • Heavy goods vehicles operations
  • Hand-arm vibration related disease
  • Public safety

Tideway director of health safety & wellbeing Steve Hails said: “Our research signposts the key health, safety and wellbeing risks that our sector faces. We are working collaboratively to make sure we crack down on these risks. If you want to play a part in securing game-changing improvements to the industry, I would strongly encourage you to volunteer your support for this important work”.

Other clients and suppliers are also invited to sign up through the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), which is supporting the project. Interested organisations can get involved by emailing enquiries@ceca.co.uk

CECA chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: “In recent years the industry has made great strides in improving the health, safety and wellbeing of those working to deliver UK infrastructure. Yet we know that there is more to do.

“To address some of the enduring risks that we see across the industry, we believe that it is essential to work together. This will maximise our ability to identify and deliver the best solutions to these risks, providing consistency for clients and suppliers. We look forward to working with the Infrastructure Client Group to deliver this change.” 

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