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Construction HR and Health and Safety Services

Working in the construction sector can be satisfying but could expose employees to many different dangers and challenges. Here at Wurkplace, we have years of experience working with construction companies all over the UK – We know sometimes HR, Health & Safety and Online Training can be forgotten when working on an exciting project, we can take care of that for you!

Read what our Construction Partners have to say about us! 👇

We have been using Wurkplace services for over a year now, when a situation occurred and we needed additional legal support. Rachel was assigned to our case immediately to offer us support and guidance. She was very informative of all our options, used a friendly yet professional approach, and did not overload us with complicated processes and procedures.

We had regular contact with Rachel and other staff at Wurkplace during this time, and this was invaluable to us at a difficult time. We cannot thank Rachel and the team enough for the help they gave us and would highly recommend them to other businesses.

Robert Sheppard Construction Ltd, Mold.

Construction HR

The top 4 HR issues in construction are:

  1. Staff Development – HR is responsible for helping construction workers to develop in their role, providing training for communication or performance management can aid your employee’s to gain the knowledge they need for growth – Our training can help with this.

  2. Employee Retention – Often when HR is neglected construction workers can feel demotivated and demoralised which can lead them to leave your company. Losing a worker during the middle of a project can push back the finish date by weeks or even months – Our comprehensive HR package is worker-focused to ensure they feel fully supported!

  3. Staying Compliant – It can be difficult to keep up with all the HR and safety policies that apply to the construction industry. If you’re found to not be compliant with legislation there could be legal proceedings, fines and even prosecutions – Our online HR system and frequent HR updates ensure you stay fully compliant.

  4. Recruitment – It’s HR’s responsibility to find and recruit the best staff for your company, finding new staff with experience in construction is valuable – Our HR system allows for an improved recruitment process.

We can provide construction industries across the UK with bespoke outsourced HR services! The construction sector can be dangerous and isn’t immune from its share of people problems – whether that’s incorrect paperwork or unreliable/untrained staff. Wurkplace takes the hassle out of HR for many construction companies, making it easy to manage their workforce.

Our HR Consultants can help you with:

  • Conducting a Full Initial Audit – We will audit all your existing HR policies, procedures and documents. Then we’ll give our recommendations built into a fully-costed Action plan; after your approval, we will put the plan into work for you.

  • Employee Handbooks and Contracts – We’ll provide your staff with bespoke handbooks and through our online HR system, which confirms your employees have read and signed them. This ensures you’re fully compliant with HR legislation, if there is a change we’ll adapt the handbook and contracts accordingly.

  • HR System – We will implement an online HR system which will allow you to store important documents, track employees clocking in and out, their progress and absences and help with the recruitment process (job descriptions, tracking & comparing applicants and inductions).

  • Monthly HR Updates – Our HR Consultants will keep in regular touch with you and your staff, keeping you up to date with any changes in the latest policies and procedures.

  • Employment Law – We will handle all of your employment law issues – including; disciplinary situations, immigration, redundancies, probationary periods, TUPE, disputes, grievances, sickness absence and holidays.

  • HR Training – Bespoke online or on-site training courses including; leadership development, performance management and communication.

  • Legal Expenses Insurance (optional) – Protection against employment tribunals and legal fees; up to the value of £100,000.

Do you need help with HR or Health and Safety in Your Construction Business?

Construction Health and Safety

The top 4 Health and Safety issues in construction are:

  1. Working at Heights – Most construction work requires staff to work at height, this is covered under the Work at Height Regulations 2005, stating employers and managers are mainly responsible for the prevention of injury and death caused by falling from a height – Our Health and Safety training can prevent this!

  2. Respiratory Issues and Diseases – Working on construction sites can cause employees to come into contact with hazardous substances (e.g. chemicals, asbestos, dust, etc) which may cause short or long-term damage to their lungs – Our COSHH risk assessments will reduce this risk.

  3. Noise – Construction sites can often be very loud due to mechanical equipment. This can cause long-term and irreversible damage to employees hearing – Our action plan will account for any necessary PPE and risk assessments.

  4. Manual Handling – Staff in the construction sector usually have to do activities involving lifting, carrying, lowering, emptying and filling. In 2019 HSE (Health and Safety Executive) reported 120,000 (approx) injuries caused by manual handling – Our manual handling training and detailed risk assessment can help!

Wurkplace can provide bespoke outsourced Health and Safety services on a retainer or ad-hoc basis to construction companies. One of our highly-trained specialists can visit your construction site and provide a gap analysis advising how and where it is best to improve/implement Health and Safety procedures and policies. We will ensure you are fully compliant with all the relevant Health and Safety legislation and policies.

Our Health and Safety Consultants can help you with:

  • Full Initial and Annual Audit – Our Health and Safety consultants will get to know and audit all your existing Health and Safety policies and procedures. Then we’ll give our expert recommendations in an Action plan. We’ll then stay up to date with you every year to ensure you’re following the relevant Health and Safety laws.

  • Risk Assessments – We will make detailed risk assessments, identify hazards and ensure you have the right controls in place, this includes general risk assessments, COSHH assessments (Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health) and fire assessments.

  • Site Visits – We can regularly visit construction sites to review your Health and Safety practices and provide you with our analysis in detailed reports.
      
  • Updated Policies and Procedures – Our team will keep in regular contact with you to ensure you’re up to date with all the latest Health and Safety policies and regulations.

  • Occupational Health – Including our own qualified nurse, sickness management, medical screenings, occupational health referrals, on-site support, physio, etc.

  • On-Site and Online Health and Safety Training – We provide bespoke Health and Safety training courses that can be tailored to the construction industry (e.g. workplace safety training, manual handling, working at heights, etc).

  • ISO – Our Health and Safety consultants will review your existing processes and give support in gaining relevant ISO certifications (International Organization for Standardisation).

Construction HR and Health & Safety Training

Finally, Wurkplace offers both on-site and online HR and Health & Safety training to those in the Construction industry. 

Our online training courses are CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accredited and approved by RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) and IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health). Our on-site training is conducted by our highly-qualified HR and Health & Safety Consultants and is fully compliant with all UK laws.

In the construction sector, a lack of training is a major issue in both HR and Health & Safety. Often HR training that leads to construction workers developing in management or leadership roles, it allows for promotions within the company itself – Rather than recruiting new staff. Health and Safety training is essential for keeping in compliance with Health and Safety laws relating to construction and keeps construction workers safe!

Our HR and Health & Safety training courses that relate to construction include (but not limited to):

Each of our courses offers a free trial with no obligation for you to purchase the course. All modules offer 3 attempts to get a pass mark which allows you to move onto the next module, after 3 attempts you will need to contact us for further help. Once completed you will receive a certificate for your employee record!

For more information on how Wurkplace can help your construction company with its HR and Health & Safety needs, call 0330 400 5490 or fill in our online contact form.

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