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Pictorial scheme will improve site safety

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The SCI in collaboration with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has completed its year-long research project known as Trojan Horse Messaging, a technique that conveys vital health and safety information on construction sites through pictures at point of use.

The idea of the pictorial element is that it will overcome language barriers while communicating safety information to construction workers from various backgrounds.

Margaret Burns, an HSE Commissioner said she was confident that the technique will lead to real benefits in reducing risks on construction sites. The Trojan Horse Messaging technique can be used as part of a health and safety strategy to deliver a safer working environment.

“This is another good example of a successful working partnership within the construction industry,” Margaret Burns added.

A number of major contractors participated in this study, including Skanska, Taylor-Woodrow, Multiplex, Bovis, Mace and William Hare.

“The technique definitely made a difference. It’s a new tool that can be used to influence workers’ actions on construction sites as it delivers key messages to operatives without direct management intervention,” said Steve Derbyshire, Acting Head of Health and Safety for Taylor-Woodrow.

Bassam Burgan, Deputy Director for SCI commented: “I am delighted the SCI led this project and contributed to the HSE’s efforts in building a better and safer environment in construction.”

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