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Health and safety warning as recovery gathers pace

19th March 2014

As the construction industry continues to see strong signals of growth, a specialist training provider is warning firms not to risk damaging their business by overlooking health and safety training for workers. Built environment specialist Bromak is stressing the importance of the training, particularly now employment is rising as the recovery gathers pace.

In support of its warning, Bromak has secured accreditation from the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to deliver courses in Working Safely, Managing Safely, and Directing Safely.

New recruits are three times more likely to be injured at work than employees who have been with a company for a year or more.

In addition, a number of recent high profile HSE investigations have highlighted the importance of health and safety training at management and board level.

Mathew Bewley, director of training for Bromak, said: “While the recovery is very positive news, it means we’re seeing greater numbers of new and inexperienced staff on site who need to be aware of all health and safety risks for their role.

“More generally, as work increases it’s important to bring home to all staff just why health and safety is such an essential part of the job. As a training provider, we felt it was essential that we were able to offer accredited health and safety training to remain at the top of our game.

“The three courses focus on changing behaviour to increase the wellbeing of staff at all levels. The safety message has to be driven from the top down, which is why it’s imperative that directors and managers are fully aware of the risks and responsibilities, as well as the day-to-day workers on site.”

The IOSH courses cover a range of health and safety topics, risk assessments and environmental considerations. Bromak has already delivered courses in Directing Safely to Liverpool Mutual Homes, and delivered Managing Safely training to utility specialists PN Daily.

Bromak, based in Bolton, boasts an expanding network of offices which includes Durham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Lichfield and Watford.

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