As the industry continues to emerge from the effects of coronavirus, the CIF is calling for a renewed focus on safety, health and wellbeing in 2022.
“As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, we must not become complacent as regards to safety and health at work and indeed the virus threat,” says John Egan, CIF Executive for Safety & Training. “Potential hazards remain on construction sites if not adequately addressed, such as working at height and mobile machinery.
“With 10 workplace fatalities attributed to the sector in 2021, primarily from falls from height and interactions with vehicles and machinery, a continued focus on site safety is strongly advised.”
According to Egan, all signs are pointing towards 2022 being a busy year for construction, with a significant number of new workers entering the sector. “It is incumbent on all of us to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of ourselves and our work colleagues – so let’s continue to look out for one another,” he adds.
As a result, the CIF has developed a Safety, Health and Wellbeing Calendar for 2022 to address the key focus areas for construction for the forthcoming year. Building upon the success of the annual Construction Safety Week, the aim is to promote a high level of focus on essential site safety considerations, as perceived by the CIF Safety and Health Subcommittee.
The new CIF calendar and supporting webpage www.cif.ie/safety-calendar-2022 will target key areas of focus for health, safety, and wellbeing.
“Members and non-members can avail of a suite of resources for each calendar month such as toolbox talk materials, guidance and videos and use for their own purpose,” says Egan. “For example, every month a contributor offers a downloadable toolbox talk, which may be used to relay safety messaging onsite.
“Ideally, companies would develop a safety and health campaign for the year ahead, and align with the quarterly themes set by the CIF,” he adds. The CIF is encouraging those who find themselves struggling to reach out for help and contact the Construction Industry 24/7 Helpline on 1800 939 122.