City & Country has received a Building Safety Group award in recognition of its approach to Occupational Health.
The award recognises procedures that have been implemented to prevent and remove Occupational Health risks from the workplace.
The award is a result of a project undertaken by City & Country’s cohort of graduates, who were tasked by senior leadership to promote a health and safety culture within the business. The graduates undertook research including a staff survey, reviewing government and Health and Safety Executive statistics, as well as reviewing processes and initiatives at other major construction companies.
From this the graduates developed an impactful presentation focusing on the mental wellbeing of City & Country employees. Their research uncovered powerful statistics regarding industry suicide rates, which are three times higher among construction workers than any other industry.
Recommendations were then put to City & Country’s Board and to the Health & Safety committee. This resulted in the implementation of an employee assistance programme, whilst the annual appraisal process has also been reviewed and amended.
Commenting on the award, Helen Moore, City & Country’s Managing Director, said:
“Health and safety is obviously of paramount importance in the construction industry, but more work needs to be done to raise awareness of mental health issues. I’m extremely impressed by our graduates for undertaking this successful project and I’m delighted that their work has been recognised with this important industry award.”