Collen Construction: How to create a sustainable step change in wellbeing

by | Nov 9, 2022

Safety Week 2022 Bronze Sponsor

Collen Construction is an eighth-generation family-owned business. It has remained at the forefront of the Irish construction industry for over two centuries currently employing 360 people, while holding the position of one of the Construction Industry Federation’s top 10 tier one contractors in Ireland.

From the adoption of innovative technologies to safety leadership, quality, diversity and inclusion and mental health awareness, Collen Construction is focused on staying ahead of the curve.

Collen Health and Safety Manager Joe O’Dwyer

Joe O’Dwyer, Health and Safety Manager at Collen says: “Construction Safety Week is an excellent initiative of the Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (CSPAC) and Collen are delighted to be a key sponsor again this year.

He adds: “Safety Week offers Collen the opportunity to re-focus on the safety, health and wellbeing of their workers, and we ran a series of events through seminars, keynote speakers, videos, poster campaigns and practical demonstrations.

“For example, Shane Lyons from GNS fitness joined us for a number of live webinars and site demonstrations on topics such as fitness, nutrition, health and wellbeing.

“Shane McGann of Hilti (Fastening Systems) Ltd visited some of our projects to provide a demonstration of latest tool innovation, with emphasis on cordless tools and creating an environment free of dust and fumes.”

Safety Week at Collen Construction

At Collen, recognising sub-contractor supply-chains achievements and rewarding accomplishments is crucial to success. Recognition creates a strong impact and is an integral part of the company’s culture.

Collen hosted its Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) awards ceremony during safety week at the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge. As well as recognising companies for their SHEQ performance, Collen also recognised eight individuals for their Superior SHEQ Commitment and Leadership.

Creating safer sites at Collen Construction

In its commitment to constantly striving for safety innovation and improvement Collen are continuing the implementation of their ‘Creating Safer Sites Programme – a culture change programme that will create a step change in safety and wellbeing that is sustainable over time.

In order to achieve their objective, Collen wants to create a mind-set for safety that is positive and proactive. The company also wants to ensure there is no gap in their safety performance, embed safety values and ensure that they are visibly lived across the organisation.

Collen wants to develop a culture where all management and workforce are committed to the same safety vision of everyone going home safely every day.

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