Martin Temple, Chair of HSE, urged construction leaders to reach out to smaller firms where the very “worst statistics” in ill health are reported in order to improve the shocking state of health in construction.

Around 300 leaders of big firms including Tideway, Balfour Beatty and Skanska attended the Health in Construction Leadership Group meeting in London in late January.

Delegates heard of initiatives launched since the first meeting a year ago, such as a “bin the broom” campaign to reduce dust, identifying and measuring health problems more efficiently and beating stress.

But reaching the smaller companies beyond the large construction sites of the leaders present at the meeting was acknowledged as the main task ahead.

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