This Worker's Memorial Day, CIF Director of Safety and Training Dermot Carey, reflects on the progress our industry has made in health and safety and the constant need for companies to adapt their approach in an ever-changing working environment.

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Tim Murphy, Safety Advisor with BMD & Co Ltd  in Cork, got the conversation started on suicide awareness with staff across the county with the help of 'Breaking the Silence'. The group from Cobh specialise in holding talks that focus on raising awareness on suicide and the campaign reached around 500 staff in Cork. With the success of the campaign, Tim mentions 'if we could do one thing nationwide it would be to continue the conversation and get the message out there that it is ok to talk about mental health'.

Crane Hire Ltd  played an integral role in the recent refurbishments at the home of Cork GAA, Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

 

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Pensions are an essential part of an employee’s overall remuneration package and they are an important recruitment and retention tool, especially as certain positions become more difficult to replace. Pensions are also seen as a tax efficient way for employers to offer higher benefits to attract new or retain key employees, but as well as providing pension cover for employees, employers should also look at the benefits of providing cover for their employees in cases of sickness or injury. 

 

“The current housing shortage is the result of a decade of underinvestment in the housebuilding sector compounded by an infrastructure deficit and a market failure in finance for homebuilders. Currently housebuilding, outside Dublin and Cork, cannot attract finance at viable rates so activity is and will continue to be permanently depressed.  If house-building only occurs in urban areas over the next decade this will fundamentally unbalance the country further; Dublin will continue to congest and regional economies will be undermined.