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Evolving the meaning of safety in the construction industry

This year’s CIF Health and Safety Summit saw the construction industry embrace safety in its many forms, with physical, mental and emotional all treated equally

Niamh Gilmore, group health and wellbeing coordinator, Mercury; Dermot Carey, director, safety, training and skills, Construction Industry Federation of Ireland (CIF); Niamh McNulty, health and safety manager, Coffey; Dr Róisín Murphy, senior lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, TU Dublin; Brendan Maloney, chief executive and co-founder,; Rosalind Carroll, chief executive, Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) and Sharon McGuinness, chief executive, Health and Safety Authority (HSA) Pictures: Maura Hickey

With it having been three years since the last physical gathering, this year’s Construction Industry Federation (CIF) Health and Safety Summit wasted no time in documenting the industry’s achievements and goals.

The theme was “refocusing the safety, health and wellbeing of our workforce to ensure the future success of the construction industry”. Chairwoman Dr Róisín Murphy, senior lecturer at the faculty of engineering and built environment in TU Dublin, described it as a “jam-packed day” ...