Get the Safety Training Right and Turn Losses into Profit

Alan Stinton
There has probably been more progress in the area of improvements in construction site safety and attitudes to training over the last 18 months than at any time in recent years.

This is, at last, beginning to impact positively on accident figures. The largest organisations now operate excellent induction and safety training procedures for site operatives. Meanwhile visitors must either complete the induction process themselves or be escorted at all times by someone who has. Elsewhere, however, commitment to training remains patchy and there is still a long way to go.

The expertise and systems to allow effective safety related training are readily available. For every project there should be a training framework in place from the moment a contract is awarded, with clear procedures and systems to ensure implementation. Undoubtedly one of the factors which militates against universal adoption of such procedures is the perceived cost. However, those who are committed to achieving high standards know that, ultimately, far from being a drain on cash investing in safety training makes money.

Injuries, prosecutions, and the inconvenience of having key personnel off work cost the construction industry £billions every year. Our best companies have already stopped contributing to this figure and instead added the money to the bottom line. ‘Safety pays’ must be one of the most powerful messages for every construction related business.

Faithful+Gould is one of the world’s largest project and cost management consultancies and has specialist expertise in health and safety.