Construction workers put to test in safety overhaulOn 7 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The construction industry is cracking down on workers whose health andsafety knowledge is not up to scratch in a bid to improve its absenteeismrecord.From April, newly trained workers in operational roles, such as scaffolders,bricklayers, roofers and plant operators, will have to pass a health and safetytest to get a skills card – proof they are trained to do their jobs.The 500,000 existing card-holders will have to pass the test, which they cantake at any driver theory test centre, to renew them.In the past, attending a course approved by the Construction IndustryTraining Board was enough to secure a card. “This will give us a genuine measure of the level of health and safetyawareness in construction so we can see where we are failing and where we needto concentrate resources,” said Keith Aldis, training director at TheConstruction Confederation.”The test will also drive up the amount of training people get, in thesense that you don’t take a driving test unless you have had enoughlessons.”Louis Parperis, head of HR at Costain, said he had seen enough peoplefalling asleep in health and safety inductions to welcome the news. But headded that the real challenge was to get people to put what they have learntinto practice. “People are always tempted to cut corners, particularly inan industry where you have a lot of subcontractors.”A third of all accidents reported to The Health and Safety Executive are inconstruction. Loss of work through ill-health costs the sector £180m a year.By Dominique Hammond Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.