Construction Health & Safety – Going Beyond Zero

1 September 2022

Health & Safety is a primary focus for most industries but for the Construction industry, it can be a matter of life and death if not taken seriously or adhered to. The industry employs around 2.1 million people and contributes around 10% of our GDP. According to the HSE website, there are 1.7 million working people suffering from a work-related illness in Great Britain, that’s around 80% of the construction industry workforce. And sadly, there were 123 workers killed at work and 2,544 deaths due to past asbestos exposure.

The total costs of workplace self-reported injuries and ill health in 2018/19 was £16.2 billion. Ill health causes the biggest proportion of total costs at around 66% (£10.6 billion), with injury resulting in around 34% of total costs (£5.6 billion). (source: https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/cost.htm).

These hard-hitting statistics have an impact on friends & families, employees, employers and the industry physically, mentally & financially.

Health & Safety should be a fundamental ethos for most construction companies and their clients and if it’s not, then it could seriously affect your reputation for new work or attracting new employees.

At KDM Group we live and breathe our Health & Safety procedures and policies, but we wanted to go beyond that which is where our “Beyond Zero” campaign derived from.

Beyond Zero is KDM Group’s approach to protecting the health, safety and security of our people, the protection of the environment and the resilience of the KDM Group. Beyond Zero is a core objective of the business, and is well supported by all our stakeholders, clients, and supply chain partners. Our deep-seated culture for excellence within safety has been the bedrock for our company for some time now. It isn’t all about achieving zero incidents, it’s about creating a culture of caring and sharing that stretches across the entire Group. Beyond Zero wouldn’t be possible without the drive, strategic actions, and determination of our people.

About KDM

KDM is a Principal contractor and specialist fit-out contractor who also manufactures and designs in the construction sector. We are based in Dalgety Bay and have regional hubs in Leeds, Warrington, Chelmsford and Zeeland, Netherlands.  We operate locally, nationally, and multi-nationally for many blue-chip clients throughout the UK and EU.

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6 OFFICE LOCATIONS ACROSS UK & EUROPE
24 YEARS IN BUSINESS
5,000 PROJECTS COMPLETED
GLOBALLY OPERATIVE IN OVER 15 COUNTRIES

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