Cornish building company encourages health and wellbeing in the workplace

Gilbert & Goode construction

A Cornish construction company recently provided free health checks to its staff and subcontractors.

St Austell-based Gilbert & Goode offered health screening at a number of sites in Devon and Cornwall, with around 30 workers taking part.

As part of the health screen, employees had their blood pressure and cholesterol tested, as well as being weighed and measured so their BMI could be calculated. Individuals were then offered advice on general wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle.

Gilbert & Goode’s managing director, Simon Caklais, said: “We expect the highest standard of health and safety on our construction sites and we’re now taking this a step further and looking at the health and wellbeing of our workforce.”

In April 2018, research conducted by Westfield Health revealed 64% of construction workers wanted better health and wellbeing support from their employers.

The Health and Safety Executive also suggests a fitter, healthier, happier workforce can impact positively on productivity and prosperity.

Mike Pelan, site manager for Gilbert & Goode was one of the people who took part in the checks. He said: “I found the health checks very informative, and have taken away lots of useful information that I can put in place.

“It’s great that Gilbert & Goode have rolled out the health checks to all their contractors as well, they have really appreciated being included. The company is taking a very positive step to encourage health and wellbeing in the building industry.”