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B&CE1 has launched a pilot group of 18 companies to help develop a new product to improve occupational health provision across the construction industry.
Each year in construction, 80,000 workers suffer from illnesses caused or made worse by their work, with too few having access to occupational health services.
B&CE is working to improve the health of the construction industry by developing a new product to make it easier for employers to comply with health and safety legislation and identify work-related illnesses earlier.2
The pilot group, made up of major contractors and SME’s who represent thousands of construction workers, self-employed workers, and occupational health service providers3, will play a key role in testing iterations of B&CE’s new product during its development phase.
Commenting, Nicola Sinclair, Head of Business Development Health at B&CE, said:
“Every year, tens of thousands of construction workers suffer from illnesses caused or made worse by their jobs. We shouldn’t allow this to be considered the ‘norm’ – everyone working in the industry should have the right to a healthy working life and future. With 75 years of experience in the construction industry, B&CE is in a good place to start challenging the industry to change.
“It’s fantastic that so many major construction firms and occupational health service providers are supporting our ambition to improve the health of workers across the construction industry. The clinical and industry expertise from this pilot group will play a vital role in developing an effective product that will improve the health of workers across the industry.”
Supporting the formation of the pilot group, Alice Cook, Project Manager at Build UK said:
“The creation of this pilot group is an important step in developing an improved occupational health provision for everyone in construction. Caring for workers more effectively will help our industry increase productivity and recruit, train and retain the best talent.”
Alongside the pilot group, B&CE is inviting construction companies and occupational health providers to join a panel, which will be invited to share industry experience and inform specific aspects of the scheme. For those who wish to join the panel, they can do so on our website…
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