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MAJOR CONTRACTOR AND UNIONS WORK ON SAFETY INITIATIVE

Kier launch workforce survey and consultation as part EU ‘maintenance’ week

The housing maintenance arm of Kier Group Plc is undertaking an initiative throughout the workforce involving a “safety survey and employee consultation”.

The initiative comes after Kier’s maintenance arm formed a Joint National Safety, Health, Environmental Committee with UNISON, UNITE, GMB and UCATT, 14 months ago in order to review safety, health, environmental and sustainability issues. The aim is to build on established working relationships between Kier management and all trade unions.

The initiative is timed to coincide with European Health and Safety Week which runs from 24th-28th October 2011 placing a spotlight on “maintenance”.

A Kier spokesperson said:

“Kier has over 3,200 employees working in housing maintenance and continually reviews its working practices to ensure that all working for Kier, including subcontractors and agency staff, are kept safe. The joint committee national campaign is intended demonstrate a commitment by all parties to keeping Kier’s staff safe.

Kier and all the trade unions involved in the joint committee see it as a positive initiative that will provide the opportunity for collaborative working on preventative health & safety and engaging with issues around the environment and sustainability. The committee will meet regularly going forward to ensure uniform safety standards in all Kier’s maintenance contracts across the UK.”

Steve Murphy, Regional Secretary for UCATT Yorkshire said the the initiative was “vitally important” and would help ensure that the Kier workforce was “fully involved” in securing safe workplaces.

Comment

An online Leadership and Worker Involvement toolkit has been launched by HSE after a three-year project carried out by the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) in collaboration HSE and principal contractors in the construction sector.

The toolkit is intended to help construction companies improve their health and safety performance through engaging with their workforce. The content has now been uploaded to a bespoke website. This initiative is a good example of such workforce engagement.

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