Leeann | December 9, 2019
Thank you to all of our office and site staff that participated in Construction Safety Week 2019. The CIF Safety and Health Sub Committee identified five key topics which we focused on to set the agenda for the week. The five key topics were – Mental Health & Wellbeing in Construction; Working Safety with Electricity ; Working Safely at Height; Vehicle Risk; Safety in Lifting Operations; and Working Safely with Hazardous Substances.
The Marie Keating Foundation kick started CIF Safety Week on our Leopardstown Racecourse project by delivering information on skin cancer awareness to our site team. The foundation also delivered these information sessions to the site team on our Stepaside project and to our Head Office staff, in Tipperary.
The Construction Workers Health Trust were on site in Carrickmines throughout the entire week carrying out Health Screenings, there were large numbers on this site and we were lucky to have the CWHT on-site promoting good health.
Diabetes Ireland delivered a presentation in our Head Office on the importance of reducing the risk of developing type two diabetes and how it is managed. Following this staff members were given the opportunity to undertake screening which assessed their risk of type two diabetes.
Last year alone there was a total of 24 work related fatalities. 11 of those involved a vehicle, amounting to 46%. Willie Keague from National Safety Training visited our sites to create awareness around the risks associated with vehicles and driving for work. He also delivered presentations on working at heights training.
Mick Norton from Proactive Safety Services provided informative presentations on lifting operations with cranes, plant and machinery. Tool box talks were delivered throughout the week covering working safely with electricity and hazardous substances.
Construction Safety Week is an opportunity to reflect on all aspects of safety, health and overall well-being and to promote its importance throughout the workforce. It is recommended to review past activities and to learn from successes, failures and near misses. By sharing experiences we may eliminate avoidable accidents.
Looking forward to CIF Safety Week 2020!