Over 150 key businesses pledged to eradicate the thousands of cases of illness resulting from exposure to health hazards during construction work each year.
At the inaugural Health in Construction Leadership Group Breakfast Summit organised and led by the Health in Construction Leadership Group, industry influencers discussed why 100 times more UK construction workers die from work-related ill health than accidents.
Chair of the HSE, Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, said:
“Britain has a proud record on health and safety – it’s one of the best in the world. Our challenge is how we make it even better.
Ill-health caused by work activity is one the biggest challenges we face, with 1.2 million people suffering from a work-related illness in 2014/15. It’s through industry groups such as this, the Health in Construction Leadership Group, that we can share good practice and reach a collective agreement on the best ways to help Britain work and be well.”
Companies to pledge their commitment included Balfour Beatty, Bovis Homes, Crossrail, Land Securities, Mace and Skanska, as well as industry bodies such as BOHS, Build UK, CITB, HSE, IIRSM and IOSH.
A second meeting is scheduled for 21 April when firms and industry bodies will set out a tactical action plan to follow in order to tackle the issue.