The construction industry needs to focus on improving the physical and mental health of the workforce, says Jennie Armstrong.

That ‘we shout safety but whisper health’ was something regularly heard within the construction health and safety community before 2020. We had challenged ourselves to achieve a better balance between the two disciplines and raise the profile of health. Never did I imagine that 2020 was the year that the health and wellbeing of our workforce would really be our number one priority.

Covid-19 has been devastating and I do not want to detract from the harm that has been caused, but we are now starting to see how this crisis may bring positive change to the way we work forever. An exciting time for many of us in the H&S community who have been campaigning for health and wellbeing to be put higher up the agenda.

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