Controlling exposures to prevent occupational lung disease in industry

Construction Health Summit for CEOs

The Construction industry unites in the battle for
a healthier future

Report 22nd January 2016

Photograph: Andy Mitchell, CBE, CEO of Tideway and Chair of Infrastructure Clients’ Group holding his signed pledge card, showing his commitment to eliminating occupational ill health and disease in Tideway and the construction industry


The inaugural Health in Construction CEO Breakfast Summit took place yesterday morning, which saw over 150 key business leaders and industry influencers come together discussing issues such as why 100 times more UK construction workers die from work-related ill health than accidents.

The Summit was opened with a key note speech by the Chair of the HSE, Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, who said: “Britain has a proud record on health and safety – it’s one of the best in the world. Our challenge is how we make it even better. Ill-health caused by work activity is one the biggest challenges we face, with 1.2 million people suffering from a work-related illness in 2014/15. It’s through industry groups such as this, the Health in Construction Leadership Group that we can share good practice and reach a collective agreement on the best ways to help Britain work and be well.”

The Breakfast Summit successfully secured the commitment of over 150 companies and industry bodies in eradicating the thousands of cases of ill health and disease caused each year as a result of exposure to health hazards during construction work.

The event was organised and led by the Health in Construction Leadership Group, a collaborative group comprising contractors, clients, professional bodies, trade organisations, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and trade unions. BOHS is proud to be one of the founding members.

Companies to pledge their commitment include Balfour Beatty, Bovis Homes, Crossrail, Land Securities, Mace and Skanska.

Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty, Leo Quinn, said: “When 100 times more workers die from occupational disease than from accidents, it’s vital that the industry looks at what more can be done in order to improve health as well as safety.”



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Chair of the HSE, Dame Judith Hackitt DBE

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