• Myriad of tools on floor & hard hat
    Certificate,  Construction

    Construction Industry Culture

    Culture Club If you are of a similar age to me, I bet the first thing that came into your head on reading that title was Boy George and all those great Culture Club songs.  Actually, I didn’t really like them at the time – I was more into heavier stuff, but it’s funny how you like the songs that were big in your teenage years when you hear them again in later life.  Something to do with reminiscing, I suppose.  So, what’s this got to do with construction health and safety?  Erm, ah yes, culture. There’s a new (relatively speaking, of course) culture club now, which has been formed…

  • People in hard hats on construction site
    Certificate,  Construction

    What Is a Permit to Work?

    Permission to speak, sir? That was it, wasn’t it – Corporal Jones’ usual request whenever he felt he had something important to say to Captain Mainwaring. I’m showing my age again with these ancient references – for the benefit of younger readers, I’m referring to the excellent 1970s BBC comedy Dad’s Army. Anyway, the point is that Jones always sought permission to proceed in circumstances where something important needed to be done – important in those World War II days of the Home Guard because there was some risk associated with getting it wrong.