Despite health and safety being a staple of
every company’s policies and procedures, accidents and injuries at work are
still commonplace. HSE (Health and Safety Executive) recently published the
results of the annual labour force survey, which revealed that
between 2017 and 2018, there were 555,000 injuries at work. 144 of them were
But what about industries that consider safety
to be at the centre of their work?
As it stands, the construction industry
contributes to a large number of recorded workplace injuries. In fact, HSE
found that an estimated 58,000 cases of work-related injury
occurred between 2017 and 2018. Around 2.6% of construction workers suffered an
injury in this time, roughly 50% higher than the average of 1.8% across all
Below, industry experts at Vizwear explore
what it is that construction companies are doing wrong and how you can create a
positive safety culture in your business.
How can poor health and safety
affect your business?
Having a bad culture of health and safety hits
your profits as hard as it does your reputation.
In the construction industry alone, around 2.4
million working days were lost between 2017 and 2018 due to workplace injury
and illness. To put that statistic into perspective, that’s the equivalent of
10,000 construction workers being absent from work for a full year.
These absences add up to a staggering £1.06
billion loss, accounting for 7% of the total cost across all industries (£14.9
What are the signs of poor health
If you’re concerned that your own health and
safety policies aren’t up to standard, there are a number of signs you can look
Poor accident reporting – If your team aren’t
properly reporting and logging accidents in the workplace, then nothing can be
done to prevent it from happening again in the future. Accident and injury
books aren’t just for serious cases: they should be filled with any occurrences
in the workplace. Your staff may not feel like their injuries aren’t worth the
hassle, but the next time it happens, it could have more serious consequences.
Blame culture – If your company blames individuals
for injuries and relies on disciplining workers for accidents, you’re promoting
a negative view of health and safety. You may be influencing employees to avoid
correctly reporting incidents due to a fear of being reprimanded.
Profitability over safety – When a company
values profitability at a detriment to proper health and safety measures, its
culture of site safety will inevitably suffer. This attitude will actually end
up costing you more in the long run, as you’ll be forced to cover staff absences
when accidents occur.
Lack of communication – Without openly
communicating the reasons behind new safety measures with your employees,
you’ll create the impression that health and safety in an afterthought. Your
staff won’t take policies seriously and you’ll make it difficult to establish a
positive culture of site safety.
How to foster a culture of site
When it comes to creating a successful culture
of site safety, it’s not as simple as creating new safety procedures and
calling it a job well done – business leaders need to motivate their staff to
take safety into their own hands.
Only by ensuring everyone buys into their own
safety can management be confident that their staff are taking the right
measures to cultivate a culture of site safety.
Here are a few small steps you can take to
make sure your business is optimising its culture of safety:
A lack of communication can hamper any
attempts to develop your culture of workplace safety. Being open and honest with your employees
about why new changes are being implemented at work is the easiest way to help
them understand the necessity.
The more transparent you are as a manager, the
more likely your staff will help health and safety updates run smoothly.
However, it’s not just about communicating changes to your team: all current
health and safety guidelines should be easily accessible to ensure everyone
remains knowledgable and up to date.
Mental health support
Construction workers have seen a serious
problem with the condition of their mental health which has been a continuous
issue for the industry over the years. Whether it’s depression, anxiety or
stress, the industry suffered 14,000 cases between 2017 and 2018.
If you’re making strides to improve your
culture of site safety, it’s crucial to work towards aiding your staff’s mental
health. By providing further education and creating an environment that
employees feel safe to open up and speak their mind, your workers will develop
their own support system to protect each other’s mental health and wellbeing.
Lead by example
It goes without saying that if an employee
knows that their manager doesn’t care whether health and safety procedures are
followed, then they’re not going to follow them. This toxic behaviour will
quickly disintegrate any attempt to create a culture of site safety.
When it comes to safety, you need to walk the
walk. Show your team how important it is to adhere to safety standards by
following them to the letter yourself. Your employees are far more likely to
follow in your footsteps than to just take your word for it.
Making sure your team is fully trained in site
safety is crucial to ensure that workers are fully knowledgable in safety
procedures. With the correct training, you’ll have peace of mind that they know
how to perform their jobs safely and correctly.
Review key training sessions and organise
refresher courses often to reinforce key safety issues. With a fully trained
team of safety experts at your disposal, your employees will be able to spot
potential hazards before they become accidents.
Of the estimated 58,000 workplace injuries
between 2017 and 2018, only 4,919 were officially reported; meaning over 90% of
non-fatal injuries were left unreported.
Reporting incidents shouldn’t be something
that employees fear or feel uncomfortable doing. You need to make it clear to
your employees that accident reporting isn’t an excuse to scold but rather to
find out what caused an injury and what can be done to prevent it from
happening in the future. By making proper reporting a core value of your
worker’s job description, it will become like second nature to them.
Incentivising accident reports through prizes
or monetary bonuses is a common action that managers take but the results may
be counterintuitive. Safety incentive programs become routine and many
employees become entitled; believing they deserve rewarding for carrying out
Rather than trying to ‘buy’ your staff with
incentives, allow them to set their own safety goals. Employees are more likely
to respond positively to working towards their team’s own targets, rather than
those set by executives who may be out of touch with their day-to-day
Get the team involved
As site safety affects everyone, it’s only
right that your employees should get to help shape your culture. The more you
give your staff the opportunity to participate in safety initiatives, the more
likely they are to adhere to precautions.
By running regular safety seminars, your team
can voice their own safety concerns. This open style of contribution gives
workers the chance to help implement safety changes that affect their own
roles, making them much more likely to follow them and encourage others.
How to manage change
Now that you’ve got an idea of some of the
ways you can change your businesses safety culture for the better, you can
start implementing. However, it’s not just a case of putting on a training
session and expecting to see results. To develop a genuinely progressive
culture of site safety, you need to be always aware of what health and safety
measures are in place and what needs to change.
Following the generic model of change, you can
see how it relates to your business and how it refers to successful safety
Recognise the need for change – This is the moment you realise that your current health and
safety standards aren’t cutting it and that improvements need to be made.
Diagnose what needs to change – At this stage, you’ll pinpoint specifically which health and
safety measures and issues are causing problems for your business.
Plan for, and prepare to change – With your problems discovered, you’ll then design exactly what
you need to do to improve and how you’ll do it.
Implement the change – This
is when all your planning and preparation comes into place and you put
into place the solution to the problems you discovered.
Sustain the change – Often
neglected, this stage is one of the most important. This is where you need
to ensure your initiatives are followed and the culture of site safety
you’ve created remains at a high level.
Each stage of this model plays a vital role in
developing your company’s culture, but the ability to recognise the need for
change and sustaining change are the most crucial. With these two steps, you’ll
always be aware of the safety standards in the workplace and will be striving
to make sure current policies are followed.
“Health and safety in the construction
industry isn’t something that can be ignored and picked up later,” says Daniel
Ure from online PPE retailer Vizwear, “it’s a vital part of everyone’s day
to day work.”
“By keeping workers up to date with safety
procedures, health and safety will become a natural part of their roles, rather
than something they need to remember. When your staff become more aware,
they’ll take fewer risks and make sure any accidents are logged: two simple
ways that will keep everyone safer in the future.”
Over recent years, large patio doors
that allow lots of natural light into the home have become increasingly popular
in the UK. The trend for linking the home and garden into one connected living
space has fuelled a trend for a wide range of glass doors, from the simple
French doors to bi-fold doors and entire, sleek contemporary walls of fully
It’s a lovely way to create lots of
natural light and a feeling of spaciousness and wellbeing. But although they
look great, some of these door systems can be very heavy, difficult to
manoeuvre, and in some cases quite dangerous for unwary hands.
Thanks to the flush lift and slide door
handle from HOPPE (UK), homeowners can now let more light into their home
without having to worry about how to operate the door.
Lift and slide patio doors allow you to
use larger glass panels than other types of door systems but, despite the
additional weight, lift and slide door systems are much easier to use than
traditional sliding doors.
Architectural Ironmongers B J Waller
approached HOPPE (UK) looking for a solution to a non-traditional sliding door
“I was asked by our customer to come up
with a solution for a pair of pocket lift and slide doors that closed onto a
corner post,” said Adrian Bailey, technical sales representative at B J Waller.
“Standard lift and slide handles would have collided with each other, but as
the HOPPE handle sits flush to the door, it provided the perfect fit and our
customer was really pleased with the final design.”
By simply turning the lever handle to
180º, the panels lift completely off the track and slide open, quite literally
with the push of a finger. The advanced running gears mean that the doors are
much easier to move, regardless of the weight. It allows you to move multiple
inline panels that weigh up to 440kg each.
To return the door to a stationary
position, the handle is used again to lower the panel. The wheels are protected
from excessive wear, and the panel weight creates a weather-tight seal.
Lisa Nightingale, door and window sales
manager at HOPPE (UK), says:
“Lift and slide door systems are
becoming increasingly popular in the UK as they allow us to create much larger
openings than with traditional sliding doors. The flush design of the handle
complements the smooth, minimalist design, and homeowners feel like they are
bringing the outside in without having their view blocked by bulky doors and
In June, three
architecture practices came together with Graphisoft UK, the company behind the
BIM software solution, ARCHICAD, for the premiere of Habitation: Reinventing housing
for the urban age. The film looks at issues such as urban density, affordable
homes and sustainability, and outlines how each architecture practice has
offered a solution to these challenges.
Three innovative approaches
Waugh Thistleton, Watts Grove is an affordable modular scheme of 65 homes for
Swan Housing in east London. The project is set to be constructed with cross
laminated timber (CLT) panels produced in Swan’s factory in Basildon.
the decision to go modular, Swan commissioned Waugh Thistleton to develop its initial
outline scheme based on the architects’ previous experience with CLT schemes.
the reasons Swan have looked towards offsite manufacture is they want to
control their supply chain,” explains Kieran Walker, associate at Waugh
contains 158 modules of 85 different types.
important thing to understand about offsite modular construction is that it’s
really about repeatable processes and customisable products,” explains
Walker. In this way, he adds, “we can get homes much quicker and more
cost-effectively, onto more difficult sites.”
Thistleton has turned to modular, offsite construction and engineered timber,
Chris Bryant, partner at Alma-nac, has embraced a concept that he describes as “urban
look at this idea of urban dentistry as carefully picking apart or adding to
what’s there with a sort of surgical precision,” Bryant explains.
applied this approach to Paxton House; an office to residential conversion in
Croydon, south London. Although initially conceived as a build-to-rent scheme,
some tenants have since purchased their properties.
have managed to avoid many of the pitfalls of this type of project by designing
dual aspect flats, with living spaces oriented to the south and south west and
an access gallery to the north side of the building.
our work happens in this highly complex urban environment – complex in terms of
policy, in terms of the urban fabric, sustainability and the environment,”
Bryant concludes. “All of these parameters together set up something where
innovation really shines.”
Lock West, Mae Architects created an innovative residential scheme of 557 homes
on brownfield land.
“A lot of
our housing need can be delivered on repurposed sites,” explains Alex Ely,
principal at Mae.
does not mean designing and delivering identikit housing devoid of character.
Instead, Mae Architects designed the scheme to fit in and reflect the qualities
of the surrounding area, while still delivering a dense residential scheme.
mixture of responding to the industrial past and then trying to marry that with
the human scale of a neighbouring conservation area,” says architect Helen
This means not
only creating a mix of dwelling types, such as townhouses and flats, but also
integrating architectural features such as garden walls, front gardens and
approach created a mix of housing types while also addressing the need for
family housing in outer London.
to innovate in the project [by developing] a new typology of villas connected
by townhouses. The villa plan allows us to create a lot of dual aspect
apartments with generous outdoor space and well-lit, generous internal
spaces” adds Ely.
Creating homes for all
reimagining the waterside, to embracing offsite techniques and adapting
existing structures, these schemes prove that the challenges of the UK’s
housing crisis can be overcome through innovation. Moreover, the urgency of
housing need does not have to drive the delivery of knee-jerk, reactionary
developments that sacrifice quality and architecture in order to achieve speed.
will lead the major new developments currently underway at the GAI and
Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) as part of the One Future Vision
Future Vision is the name given to the change programme first proposed three
years ago. It was born from concerns among members and the executive teams of
both the GAI and the IAI that, in the fast-changing business environment for
architectural ironmongers and the construction industry we serve, we were at
risk of having much less influence and impact.
is the managing director of Oxford Ironmongery. He started his career in
architectural ironmongery as a sales representative with Henderson Hardware,
and has taken on a series of roles since then that are all focused on
demonstrating the value of architectural hardware and progressing professional
standards in the industry.
members may not have felt it directly yet, major change is already underway.
Next year we will launch a brand new, dynamic organisation that will be the
voice of the industry and that will stop at nothing to advocate and advance the
membership and industry.
aim is to drive the new organisation forward but I want to reassure all members
that we won’t be making major changes without consulting them every step of the
look forward to working with the rest of the GAI team and the executive
committee to take the One Future Vision initiative through to a successful
conclusion and provide a platform for future industry success.”
Corkhill, director of the GAI, said:
brings a wealth of knowledge and experience within the architectural
ironmongery industry and to the GAI. His 30 years of commitment to the industry
and his dedication to the profession makes him an ideal candidate for the GAI
Presidential role at this exciting and pivotal time.”
senior appointments confirmed at the GAI’s AGM included Mario Del-Signore,
managing director at CES Security Solutions, who takes on the role of GAI Vice
President, and Steve Bewick, senior vice president at dormakaba, who becomes
the GAI’s Treasurer.
Cladding is one of the essential layers of
your house because it offers insulation and protection from the elements. Think
of cladding as the skin of your house, the protective outer layer which
protects and improves your house’s appearance. There are many ways to clad your
house, including bricks,
weatherboarding, and vertical tiling,
but by far the most popular and common among them is render.
By definition, rendering is the utilization of
cement to outer or inner brick or concrete walls in order to accomplish a soft
and deliberately textured facade. This process is also called solid
plastering, and it is normally carried
out by qualified craftsmen. It has been used in Europe for centuries. Rendering
works really well for an entire variety of house styles, and there are numerous
advantages coming from rendering a house,
from covering up unattractive elements of the facade to remodeling an
exterior as a portion of a renovation.
The Application of Render
The standard render formula includes the usage
of cement, sand, and water, with the recent addition of lime
thrown in a mix. The lime is here because it gives more elastic properties to
the render, which then becomes more enduring and less inclined to splitting
after it dries. After the render is mixed it is applied in thin, smooth layers
over the surface. depending on the preferable texture of the surface, render can be applied by using a trowel, a
brush, a hessian bag or a sponge. The modern versions
of render implement various modern materials, such as acrylic products,
minerals, polymer, and silicone.
There is plenty of reasons why rendering is
beneficial to your property, but it could be boiled down to two main
advantages. The first is the protecting aspect, as the cladding protects the
underlying walling element from the influences of climate and rainwater
invasion. The second one is aesthetically based, as cladding provides an
attractive appearance to the house. We will get more on that later. Even if you
live in a modern house you should consider rendering, because that’s an
investment that pays off momentarily and it will last for decades.
However, rendering is a pretty expensive
process, so it is advisable to consider if rendering is really necessary, not
only because it is quite costly to put on, but also to remove or replace. Even
if you opt for rendering, you have to choose between one of many rendering
types, as well as the insulation options.
Aesthetic of Rendering
If the outer walls are the skin of your house,
you may consider rendering a facelift. It is surprising to see how previously
unsightly buildings can shine after giving them a smooth reskin. Some 50 years
ago the favorite render was pebbledash, but from today’s point of view, it
looks dated and not very aesthetically pleasing, especially considering that
pebbles have a tendency to fall out, which not only made the walls look like a
measles victim but also left the outer walls vulnerable to elements. Luckily,
thanks to the new technology, it’s possible to undertake quick
rendering repairs, which completely remove and replace old and
worn-out layers of render with a new one. That is a good way to boost the
aesthetic and commercial worth of your residence.
Except for aesthetic values, the main merit of rendering is its protecting
The walls made exclusively of bricks have an
inclination to get damp, especially if they are bared to the elements over an
extended interval of time. Putting an outer layer to the walls keeps the water
from entering and prevents this form of damage to occur. This goes for older,
brick made residences, the newer ones solve the damp issues with a cavity
wall. Except for damp protection, the house rendering also provides
some heat insulation. The studies have shown that an average home loses one-third of its heat through uninsulated walls.
However, for the full effect, it’s advisable to undertake external solid wall
insulation. It is a bit more expensive, but there might be various grants that
are available for external insulation, so you might happen to spend less money
on rendering with insulation than you would on rendering alone.
There are multiple reasons why you should
provide your residence a render, most obvious being the improvement of your
home’s exterior. There’s a stark difference between a rendered and non-rendered
building, and there are multiple options of materials, colors, and level of
insulation you can choose from. Furthermore, rendering provides enhanced
protection against heat loss, water intrusion, and other outer effects. The
process requires some investment, but its effects are long-lasting and
considerably advantageous to your residence.
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Good news from the
construction industry this week, as the number of fatal accidents hit record
lows last year.
According to figures
from the Health and Safety Executive, there were 20% fewer deaths in the construction industry
from April 2018 — March 2019, compared with the same period the year before.
construction remains the second worst sector in which to work in the UK in
terms of workplace injuries (2,620 per 100,000 workers), according to the
latest 2017/18 statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
With more than 1.3 million temporary agency workers in the UK
considered “vulnerable workers” by the HSE, including around 6.8% placed in the Construction sector by
recruitment agencies, being clear about who is responsible for their health and
safety on the workplace is crucial for construction business owners.
is employing the agency workers?
The temporary agency
workers are employed and paid by the temporary recruitment agencies that place
them into temporary work assignments.
the temporary agency workers work under the supervision of the hiring company,
not the agency.
is responsible for their health and safety?
for the health and safety of agency workers is shared between the hirer (the
company hiring the temporary worker), the recruitment agency and the workers
themselves, according to the Health and Safety legislation in place and the UK law regulating recruitment agencies in the UK.
to employing the temporary worker
It is the
responsibility of the hirer to clarify what training, qualification, experience
and affiliations to specific professional bodies are required for the role. The
construction company looking to recruit a temporary member of staff generally
shares these requirements in writing, via a job description, or at times,
verbally, over the phone, if they’re on a construction site for example. The
hirer is also required to communicate to the recruitment agency the known risks
to health or safety in the workplace and the steps they’re taking to reduce
It is the
responsibility of the recruitment agency to ensure that the job-seekers they’re
presenting to the hirers meet these requirements. The recruitment agencies are
responsible for checking the candidates’ ID papers and qualification documents,
ensuring they’re not falsified. They generally meet the job-seekers in person
to confirm their identify and proceed to an interview. Prior to submitting the
candidates’ profiles to the hirer, the agency needs to share the specific
health and safety requirements of the role, as described by the hirer, and to
ensure that that job-seekers can meet those (e.g., having a CSCS card or
followed an IPAF training to work at height).
the temporary worker has started the temporary assignment
Once again, the
responsibility is shared.
However, it is the
hirer who has the day-to-day responsibility for the health and safety of the
temp worker during their assignment, as they have the best knowledge of the
workplace and its risks, and as they directly manage the activity of the
temporary worker on site (which include the induction period and any specific
training required for the role). The health and safety rules that apply to
permanent employees also apply to temporary agency workers.
While the main
responsibility for health and safety is down to the hirer and the recruitment
agency as the ultimate employer of the temporary worker, the worker has also a
duty to take care of their own health and safety and that of other members of
staff, in line with the health and safety law.
If the recruitment
agency becomes aware that the temporary worker is not suitable for the role
anymore, by law, they need to inform the hirer and stop the temporary
employment contract with the hirer immediately.
an accident happens on the workplace
If an accident
happens, it is the responsibility of the hirer, and more specifically, of the
person in control of the premises where the accident happened, to make a RIDDOR
report, which can be done online, and to then inform the recruitment
and Safety best practices
Here are 3 health
and safety best practices for hirers when it comes to hiring temporary agency
regular risk assessments of the workplace and be able to communicate clearly
the outcomes of these assessments to the recruitment agency and the temporary construction worker.
and communicate before the start of the assignment how the health and safety responsibilities
are shared between the worker, the hirer and the recruitment agency. Ensure
that the recruitment agency and hiring company are adequately insured.
adequate training and protective equipment to the temporary worker, especially
if they have to operate dangerous machinery, equipment or materials. If English
is not the mother tongue of the temporary worker, ensure that they have fully
understood the workplace risks.
This article was written by Caroline Pegden,
Director of TempaGoGo, an online aggregator of temporary recruitment agencies
with a focus on Construction
Gender inequality is a long-standing issue
that has crept into every industry, and construction is no different. Though
many industries have a fairly even ratio of male to female employees at entry
level, there are almost always fewer women at the top.
Although small, this number is actually higher
than, it was in 2013, where similar reports found that only 13% of board
members were women. However, of the remaining 78% of companies, 16% still
confess to having purely male board members – excluding women entirely.
Addressing gender inequality and calling for
more women in the workplace is more than just trying to fill a quota, it could
be the key to a company’s success.
Gender inequality in construction
Much like the tech, science and other STEM
industries, the construction industry is still lacking in gender equality and
is dominated by men. In 2007, 12.1% of workers in construction was represented
by female workers, whereas reports in 2016 showed that statistic only
increased slightly to 12.8%.
In fact, a more recent study in 2018 by Wise found that the number of
female employees in construction numbered just 11%, meaning the industry could
actually be taking a step backwards.
Even in 2019 as a training provider, 3B
Training hasn’t seen a huge percentage of women walk through the door for
training courses when compared to men. Of nearly 10,000 delegates we have
booked on courses so far, only 15% of those are women.
Overlooking female talent
When looking closer at the causes of gender
imbalance in construction, a common issue seems to be that female employees
aren’t given the same opportunities as their male coworkers.
Randstad interviewed 1,200 people who
experienced gender discrimination in the construction industry, 60% of whom
were women. Of the women surveyed, three-quarters say they feel overlooked for
promotions because of their gender, not their skills.
It’s not just progression where women feel
like they’re missing out, either. 8 in 10 women surveyed have felt left out of
social events and conversations by their coworkers. This feeling of exclusion
risks creating a toxic culture of bias throughout the industry.
Women leaders in construction
Due to the lower number of female workers in
construction in general, it’s unsurprising to find that the industry is lacking
in women at an executive level or higher. Nearly half of workers went so far as to say
that they had never worked with a female manager.
However, that doesn’t mean that the industry
would react badly to more female leaders. In fact, Randstad’s study found that 93% of
construction workers felt that being managed by a woman would have the same
effect as a male manager, or even improve things.
And, according to the data, they’d be right.
All 169 companies in the FTSE 350 with at least
one woman on their executive board saw a higher return on capital than
companies with none.
Hiring from the top down is also a way to
create a more inclusive work environment for women at all levels. By having a
senior female leader, it sends a message to other female workers that
progression is achievable. Companies that opt for a woman as their chief
executive are, on average, likely to have more than twice as many women on their
executive board than companies run by a man.
As an industry currently suffering from a
severe skills shortage, opening the door to talented women in senior roles
could be the answer construction is looking for.
When it comes to women in construction being
overlooked, unconscious bias and ignorance play a huge part in the issue.
There are only six construction companies in
the UK that have an equal number of male to female directors or are female-led.
One of those companies, Renishaw plc, has a board of 70% women and regularly runs
engagement programmes with schools, universities and the government to help
raise awareness of gender imbalance and overcome stereotypes. If more companies
in construction follow suit, the industry can knock down barriers that would otherwise
deter potential female candidates.
human resource consulting firm Randstad has reached out to organisations to
find out how they are currently supporting their female staff to help remove
gender bias in the workplace:
Addressing the pay gap
Due to the overwhelming male to female ratio
until now, the construction industry has been guilty of a wide gender pay gap.
A recent survey conducted by RICS, however, has
found that the industry has acted and is making strides to address the issue.
Whereas the construction industry had a gender pay gap of 36% in 2018 (one of
the worst industries for pay disparity), it has since narrowed to 20.43%.
Although this is a positive result for the
industry, more steps are needed before the pay gap is a thing of the past.
Nearly half of construction companies not monitoring their gender pay gaps, so
it’s difficult to accurately determine how well the industry is dealing with
By properly analysing and understanding
exactly how men and women are paid, as well as being transparent about their
pay policies, construction companies can work towards total equality of pay for
Changing perception and reducing
One of the biggest problems with creating a
diverse workforce in construction is that it has developed such a strong
perception of what the industry is like, making it hard for people to see past
Keepmoat conducted a survey on 1,000 adults
between the ages of 16-25, looking at the differences in perception of the
construction industry. The survey showed that 21% of men interviewed would
consider a career in construction, but only 13% of women would do the same.
The prevailing narrative about construction is
that it is physically demanding, creating a stigma for employment in
construction. Roles in health and safety, construction management, procurement,
surveying, estimating and site inspection are all potential routes that are
available, yet people may not be aware of them. Only 22% of construction
companies work in schools to help to answer questions about the industry and
encourage people to consider it as a potential career path.
Strategy for change
To really tackle the issue, a clear strategy
needs to be put in place for all construction companies to follow. There are
two major steps that companies should take to ensure gender equality in
1. Create more opportunities for
74% of women in Randstad’s survey were not
part of any ‘women in construction’ initiatives that will help them progress to
senior positions. This highlights the need for more programmes to help
encourage women to get involved, as well as greater advertising that current
programmes are available.
Balfour Beatty has taken gender equality into
their own hands and has recently introduced an initiative that supports women
through career breaks for childcare, urging other companies to work together as
an industry to do a similar thing.
2. Provide education early
As we can see from Keepmoat’s survey,
education is a real issue in the industry. 29% of female respondents feel like
they’d be limited to on-site work and 56% were surprised to find out that a
significant number of women in construction are hired at an executive level or
With so many stereotypes around the
construction industry, it’s important to educate people early about the
potential career opportunities that are available. 64% of respondents claimed they would like
construction companies to work closely with schools, colleges and universities.
Without the right knowledge, many women will continue to believe that the
construction is limited to working on a building site.
Addressing the problems with gender balance in
construction may appear like a huge undertaking, but by companies adopting some
of the methods we’ve discussed, they are chipping away slowly at the bigger
picture – helping to create a pathway to gender equality.
England’s A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme Ultra Site was crowned
with the highest honour at this year’s awards, winning the coveted ‘2019 Ultra
Site of the Year Award’.
year, there were a total of ten Ultra Site award categories and, for the first
time, the top-performing supplier within six of these award categories were
also honoured with a special individual recognition award.
winning Ultra Sites are:
Client Recognition Award: The National Space Centre, Leicester
Led by contractor: Woodhead Group
Collaboration Award: A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme
Led by contractor: A14 Integrated Delivery Team
Community Engagement Award: The National Space Centre, Leicester
Led by contractor: Woodhead Group
Constructions First Impressions Award: The Aberdeen Exhibition &
Led by contractor: Robertson Construction Group – Major Projects
Environmental Best Practice Award: Highways Partnering Agreement,
Term Service Contract, Nottinghamshire
Led by contractor: Tarmac Trading Ltd
Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Award: A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon
Led by contractor: A14 Integrated Delivery Team
Future Constructors Award: Les Quennevais School, Jersey
Innovation of the Year Award: The Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference
Led by contractor: Robertson Construction Group – Major Projects
Ultra Site of the Year Award: A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon
Led by contractor: A14 Integrated Delivery Team
The winners of the individual recognition awards for Suppliers
Collaboration Award: BDV Recovery Ltd
Community Engagement Award: Munnelly Support Services
Environmental Best Practice Award: Wernick
Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Award: J L Knight
Future Constructors Award: J L Knight Roadworks
Workforce Wellbeing Award: Munnelly Support Services
of guests from the UK’s top-performing Ultra Sites gathered at the prestigious
venue of Plaisterers’ Hall in central London on 18 July for the Awards ceremony,
which was presented by Ann Bentley, the Construction Leadership Council lead on
Supply Chain and Business Models.
of Ultra Sites is to achieve ever greater integration of a contractor’s supply
chain to meet and exceed the Scheme’s Code
of Considerate Practice. Being the highest level of attainment in consideration
and best practice, they are the pinnacle of excellence across the construction
Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said: “Special congratulations
to each award-winning Ultra Site and award-winning Supplier who have set the
bar of considerate construction to an exceptional level. Congratulations also to
each finalist, whose efforts in driving greater collaboration across their
supply chain is commended.
Sites represent a real turning point for the construction industry, by
providing a way for the industry to work more collaboratively and realise the
benefits of this greater integration for their workforce, community and environment.
The winners and finalists of these awards range from small scale local projects
through to large scale regional multi billion pound projects. This clearly
shows how the Ultra Site model can be embraced by any type of construction
activity, no matter the size, scale or budget.
you to everyone involved in making Ultra Sites such a success. We look forward
to its continuing growth and development as the model to achieve greater
standards in considerate construction throughout the supply chain.”
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view the 2019 Ultra Site Award winners.