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MANY ROLES – ONE VISION – WORKING SAFELY TOGETHER
But keeping apart!
2020 is a difficult year for everyone in all walks of life. In a construction context, to add to the normal complexities of managing health and safety issues, there is now the added complication of managing Covid 19. While the danger posed by this disease is always present, we must not loose sight of the dangers posed by the day to day operations of a construction site and the vigilance and planning needed to maintain safety.
A key fact to remember for all working in this industry is that 11 people have lost their lives so far in 2020 from accidents.
Construction Safety Week is an opportunity to reflect on aspects of safety, health and overall wellbeing and to promote its importance throughout the workforce. It is recommended to review past activities and to learn from successes, failures and near misses. By sharing experiences, we may eliminate avoidable accidents, enhance worker morale and increase productivity.
Construction Safety Week 2020 – Mission
Our collective mission for Construction Safety Week 2020 is to partner together to:
- Eliminate accidents and incidents on construction sites in Ireland.
- Promote a healthy culture of sharing lessons learned and best practice case studies in safety, health and wellbeing.
- Reflect on the positive initiatives taken and celebrate achievements in good safety performance, whilst appreciating the potential consequences of failing to act responsibly in terms of safety and health.
- Continue to work with colleagues and others to strengthen the construction industry’s safety and wellbeing culture.
- Reinforce the Covid 19 prevention message
Mindful that the Republic of Ireland is currently subject to COVID-19 restrictions, your attention is directed to the Government’s Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with Covid-19 when planning your activities for Construction Safety Week 2020.
For example, level 3 restrictive measures in response to COVID-19 dictate (for the category of business, training events, conferences, events in theatres, cinemas and other arts event (excluding sport)) that (a) No indoor gatherings should take place, (b) Gatherings of up to 15 persons are permitted outdoors, and (c) work from home unless absolutely necessary to attend in person.
Focus Areas for Construction Safety Week 2020
The CIF Safety and Health Sub Committee to the Executive Body identified five key topics, which are recommended to focus on during Construction Safety Week 2020; these are:
CIF is calling on construction companies of all sizes and workers to get involved in Construction Safety Week in 2020.
- Tell us about it! – tell us what you intend to do and we will publicise it in the “Safety Week Activities” section of our website and on social media. Also use #CIFSafety20 when posting on social media and we will share on CIF pages.
- Again this year, we also have a specific ‘Partner Logo’ which you will receive when registering as an official partner to Construction Safety week, contact [email protected] to become a partner.
- Send us your logo (using form on the right) so we can include it on the partner section of this website.
Become a Safety Week 2020 Partner
What can you do?
Here are some ideas
Organise a safety event during this week
Arrange a safety talk to reflect the daily themes, mindful of social distancing and level 3 restrictive measures in response to COVID-19. Be creative in seeking alternatives to gatherings. For example, for emergency preparedness, organise a fire drill / C19 positive case simulation – anything that will highlight safety and health during this week. There is a theme to each day – why not pick a topic associated with the theme of the day. If the theme doesn’t fit your type of work – pick another topic for that day.
Recognise the commitment in your organisation
Use this week to recognise the commitment of people in your organisation that have been champions for health and safety – not always an easy role.
Tell us about it!
tell us what you intend to do and we will publicise it in the “Safety Week Activities” section of our website and on social media. Also use #CIFSafety20 when posting on social media and we will share on CIF pages.
Register as an official partner
Again this year, we also have a specific Partner Logo which you will receive when registering as an official partner to Construction Safety week, contact [email protected] to become a partner.
About Safety Week
Construction Safety Week is an initiative of the Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (CSPAC). This is a grouping of all the main stakeholders in the construction sector in Ireland – Employers, Unions, State Bodies ( in conjunction with the Health & Safety Authority ) and Professional Bodies.
Our collective objective is to continue to highlight the issues of health and safety in the Irish construction industry and to drive continual improvement.
Good health and safety depend on co-operation between all parties on a project – from client to designers and contractors – everyone’s safety depends on their co-workers or the person working beside you or above you.
The mission for this week is to re-focus on health and safety and it’s a call to action for companies of all sizes to run a safety event this week.