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Health and safety by BAA capital projects director Andrew Wolstenholme

Have you ever moved a colleague’s glass away from the edge of the table? If you find yourself doing this all the time, you are probably a parent who has spent years trying to prevent ‘accidents waiting to happen’ in your own home.

This perfectly illustrates the change in mindset that has had the greatest impact on our industry in recent times. It is no longer acceptable to see accidents as inevitable. Every accident is preventable, if every one of us takes personal responsibility for our own safety and of those around us.

Our message to workers building Heathrow Terminal 5 went far beyond telling them to wear hard hats. Instead, through a long campaign of employee engagement, we empowered workers to see it as their personal responsibility to move the brick before it falls from the scaffolding. This, I’m pleased to say, is now happening on construction sites across the country.

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