Working Well Together Means Working Safely
The Ladder Association, those great guys who bring us the annual Idiots on Ladders competition, has joined forces with Working Well at Height, a new work at height safety campaign launched by the Access Industry Forum (AIF). With falls from height remaining the biggest causes of accidents within the construction industry, the campaign aims to reduce the rate of accidents in order to make Britain a safer place to work. The campaign comprises a series of half day events that should provide self-employed builders and smaller construction companies with help, advice and practical, up to date information. Ladder experts from the Ladder Association will deliver workshops and presentations on ladder safety at these events. Members of the Access Industry Forum will also supply speakers for each event to talk about and demonstrate the respective pieces of access equipment that they represent.
Working Well Together (WWT) was founded in 1998 by the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) and the WWT Steering Group which advises the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on the protection of workers from hazards to health and safety in the building, civil engineering and engineering construction industries. The WWT motto is “Help from the Industry for the industry” and the key message is to get the health and safety message across to the UK workforce. In the early days, a WWT double decker bus toured the UK’s larger construction sites so that workers could visit the bus, talk to organisers and view the displays without even having to leave the workplace. Smaller construction sites were treated to visits from the small WWT White Van – an appropriate consideration considering the number of white van men running or working in the construction industry’s huge number of SMEs.
Since its inception WWT has become the most successful health and safety initiative within the construction industry with regional groups holding more than 60 events across England, Scotland and Wales every year, each event typically attracting 4,000 attendees. One of WWT’s most successful ideas is the construction Safety and Health Awareness Day (SHAD). The first SHAD was held in 2002 and focused on general site safety. WWT has since developed SHADs to cover specific topics or aimed at a definitive audience. The success of the SHADs is clearly demonstrated by the fact that a massive 81% of those who attend a SHAD reveal that they intend to make a positive change upon their return to work afterwards. Follow up procedures reveal that these promised changes are actually carried out and, in many cases, have led to a noticeable improvement in health and safety in smaller construction companies here in the UK.
Attending one of these events could mean all the difference between working safely and having an accident that could prove life changing or even fatal. If you want to see what’s available in your region, check out the Working Well Together official website for further details.