improve health and safety was announced by employment relations
minister Gerry Sutcliffe today.
sites ends up in skips, costing industry hundreds of millions of
pounds a year. The Health and Safety Executive reports that almost
half of accidents are the result of untidy and badly laid out
The project aims to spread environmentally friendly practices
throughout UK construction sites by closer working between the main
contractor, sub-contractors and trade unions.
It will provide companies running construction projects with the
necessary tools to ensure that everyone joining a construction site
learns about environmental concerns and safety as part of their
These tools will include learning packs, tools to manage and
maintain partnerships and a framework for reporting success.
Mr Sutcliffe has earmarked a£191,500 from the DTI's Strategic
Partnership Fund, which helps strengthen employer-employee
relationships and improve business performance. Business will make
up the rest of the£827,600 in total needed over two years to get the
scheme off the ground.
Mr Sutcliffe said:
'Health and safety on construction sites must always be a top
priority. I welcome this initiative for its direct approach to
tackling safety and environmental concerns.'
Project manager Uly Ma, of Greenfile Developments Ltd, said:
'A majority of the construction sector employs subcontractors and
this means that good practices learnt from one project may not be
carried through to another. Also, many of these small companies may
not have the resources to provide lifelong learning for their
'We believe that significant cost savings, reduction in accidents and
minimising environmental impacts - the three components of
su stainable development - can be achieved through a well-organised
and neat construction site, coupled with teams that know how to spot
waste and how to resolve waste problems.'
1. More information about the Partnership Fund is available at
2. The project will be managed by Greenfile Developments, a
specialist in construction, partnerships and sustainable development.
3. Other partners in the project are:
* Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT)
* Laing O'Rourke Scotland
* Mowlem Building
* CITB - ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council for
* Engineers Against Poverty - NGO focussing on multi-sector
partnerships on sustainable development with international
engineering service companies
* Building Research Establishment - specialist in construction and
* Niall Marriott Associates - specialist in sustainable development