A company can only continue to drive forward if it has the ‘right’ staff. The pool of talent of your organisation is its core, and when it comes to the construction industry, never a truer word has been written.
People and skills in construction
Construction is an industry that has not stood still. Continually pushing the boundaries, companies are experimenting with new materials and new build methods all the time. Cost efficiencies are constantly being driven, as well as mounting concerns over waste and using renewable materials.
But there are many issues that have plagued the construction industry over the years, some of which still affect its reputation in other countries. Two major concerns were environmental – impact on using non-renewable materials and so on – and safety.
Why was safety an issue within construction?
There are many reasons why safety was a major issue for decades. A male-dominated industry, there was an element within the industry that suggested workers needed to ‘just get on with it’ and that risks and hazards were an inevitable and accepted part of the job. Whilst some measures were put in place to keep workers safe, they were often disregarded with little regulation to enforce them.
At the same time, external pressures to complete projects in short time scales meant that corners were cut. Workers were ‘asked’ or expected to complete certain aspects of the build without taking time-consuming safety measures.
Likewise, at one time, equipment was not always available to workers that made the job safer. For example, working at height today is done via several different means from cherry pickers to scaffolding. Workers are taught how to scale heights and so on. Ladders are still used but not considered the safest option. But decades previously, this was all workers had along with scaffolding that wasn’t checked daily or built in a way that was as safe as they are today.
Health and safety was seen as a nuisance, something that got in the way of activities that were done every day. There was little or no value attached to it. This was the prevalent attitude, backed by the fact that there was little that could be done to enforce breaches.
Today, thankfully, the situation has rotated completely and now most, if not all construction firms place health and safety at the forefront of every project, and not just to combat the reasons mentioned above…
Attracting the best people to health and safety
No one wants to go to work thinking that one foot wrong could mean that they don’t return home – and that goes for construction too.
To continue to push the boundaries of company competitiveness, you want workers with the skills in the latest building methods, who understand the range of different materials you work with as well as understanding the projects you work on.
Valuing workers and their skills is not just about their physical health but their mental and emotional wellbeing too, an important part of health and safety. Create an environment in which people thrive and you’ll have the best people on your team.
How can we help you?
If you are in need of assistance with any aspect of Health and Safety management, here at Synergos we’d be delighted to help. Whether you have questions or are looking for advice and support to maintain standards, call 01484 666160 or Email email@example.com and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.