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Our Occupational Health Research Award offers a £25,000 grant to carry out research aimed at improving the occupational health of people in construction.
Kingston University will be using their award to research one of the more neglected subsectors of construction, the railway industry. The railway construction sector is made up of different service providers, from the largest, Network Rail, to subcontractors’ companies providing maintenance and upgrades. Kingston University are conducting research to find out:
Award: Occupational Health Research Award
Award date: 2022
Awarded to: Kingston University
“The Trustees were very impressed with Dr Butler’s application as they can see that there are, potentially, very real benefits to a key industry and to those who work within it. The Charitable Trust is committed to improving the working lives of all those who work in construction, which is why we are delighted to be able to support this excellent research project.”Nicola Sinclair, Head of the B&CE Charitable Trust
With our roots firmly in the construction industry, the B&CE Charitable Trust want to help work towards a safer construction industry for all. We help benefit the industry by providing grants to organisations carrying out studies to improve the health and wellbeing of workers within the construction industry.
Health and safety, including occupational health, is an ongoing priority for the construction industry and we want to support innovations within this space to create a safer work environment for construction workers.
“The Occupational Health Research Award is establishing a reputation for funding trailblazing studies which are already making a difference when it comes to looking after the health and wellbeing of those working within the construction industry. Our parent organisation has its roots firmly in construction and we are committed to supporting work that will improve conditions for those working within the industry.”Nicola Sinclair, Head of the B&CE Charitable Trust
Previous award winners have used their grant to expand their evidence-based research to better support their pioneering studies. These studies are already making a difference when it comes to looking after the health and wellbeing of those working within the construction industry.
The B&CE Charitable Trust has helped fund studies looking into mental health, musculoskeletal disorders and risk management. The Occupational Health Research Award helps fund studies into health and safety, including occupational health, which is an ongoing priority for the construction industry.
Mates in Mind, in partnership with the Institute of Employment Studies, won the 2020/21 Occupational Health Research Award to research online tools to support the mental health of self-employed construction workers.
“Several empirical studies have identified work-related stress as one of the root causes of unsafe behaviours in construction. Other major social problems such as high absenteeism, alcoholism, drug abuse and suicide have also become increasingly reported as consequent to occupational stress in construction. This is a timely study given that the UK regulations for managing occupational health have not been updated for many years in response to the rapid changes in the way we procure, design and deliver construction projects.” Dr Saad Sarhan, University of Lincoln
“Occupational ill-health costs UK construction employers hundreds of millions of pounds every year and musculoskeletal disorders account for more than three-quarters of the total. A considerable proportion of that cost is believed to be from lost productivity through presenteeism and this work will make an important contribution to increasing understanding of MSD presenteeism, for the benefit of workers and employers alike.” Professor Alistair Gibb, Loughborough University
“Whilst design for health and occupational health management in construction in general have received limited attention, research-wise and in industry, this research will shed light and provide much needed guidance on this important subject.” Dr Patrick Manu, The University of Manchester
“Health often ends up as the poor relation of safety in construction, and it can be particularly difficult for smaller companies that don’t always have the right expertise, or who have limited budgets, to get the right arrangements in place. This research found that some small and micro employers are improving their management of hazards such as dust and musculoskeletal disorders as a result of working on major projects such as the building of the DNRC (Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre), which the research was centred on.” Dr Wendy Jones, Loughborough University