The management and awareness of safety and health issues has progressed enormously in the construction sector in the past 17 years. Employers and workers have invested time and money to drive improvements, endeavoring to ensure all workers can work safely on construction projects in Ireland.

As an example of this commitment, up to 90,000 workers a year complete the Safe Pass Programme alone – no other industry sector in Ireland can compare with this level of focus.

The construction sector is making a strong economic recovery and the numbers employed are increasing from 98,000 in 2012 to over 140,000 in 2017 – this is expected to rise to nearly 200,000 directly employed in the next 3 – 4 years.

Now is the time to reflect on how safety and health issues are managed and how can we improve on what we do?

Construction Safety Week is an opportunity to take stock of safety procedures and work together to drive home the positive safety message.