Aimed at construction industry CEO’s and Senior Leaders, the theme of the leadership events is ‘Acting on Our Commitment to a Healthier Future’
A key theme in the opening remarks of the second annual Health in Construction Leadership Group’s summit, which took place in London yesterday (26/1/2017), is that while good progress is being made with Health initiatives “we are not there yet”.
Opening the summit, Chair of the HSE, Martin Temple, said that 2.2million working days are lost each year through health and safety failings – with 1.8million of those lost to ill health. However in terms of the industry’s focus, health has “lagged behind safety, primarily because it’s more complex”.
“More sickness absence means less people, and less people means less productivity. We can’t afford this.” he continued.
“We all need to recognise the collective responsibility business leaders have to health. It cannot remain the poor relation to safety. We need to think health and take action.
“We mustn’t fall into the trap of recording and monitoring an illness, over preventing it.”
Mr Temple stated how this message can be flagged up to SMEs: “We have to use every tool we can – not least of which is the leaders we see today. It starts with the business leaders. They have to walk the talk, and when people see it, they will see the benefits.”