Laing O’Rourke tackles tower crane operators’ mental health
Laing O’Rourke is offering mental health support to its tower crane operators as part of an innovative programme to safeguard the health of its specialist workforces.
Chief executive Ray O’Rourke personally asked for tower crane operators to be the first group to be offered support under the new programme, run in conjunction with the Energy Project, a consultancy focused on transforming businesses through people.
The company has identified a high trend of mental health issues in tower crane workers, associated with their heavy workload, pressure on the job and isolation.
As part of a “micro experiment”, workers have been encouraged to think creatively about how to use their time to promote wellbeing, such as cycling to work when they don’t have time to go to the gym, as well as being asked to examine what foods they can eat that will better help their concentration in a safety-critical role. They are also being encouraged to consider how making small, consistent changes can help to influence others on site.
If the experiment reveals that people are able to generate greater capacity as a result of the work, then Laing O’Rourke will look at creating a self delivery model for the wider workforce.
Edward Carr, business stream leader at Select Lifting Solutions, said: “Tower crane drivers are critical to our industry. This is about focusing the energy that our drivers do have and giving them the time and the resources to apply themselves in the correct way. To target our tower crane drivers in this way is far and above what the industry is doing.”
Silvana Martin, health and wellbeing leader at Laing O’Rourke, said: “It is a really exciting time to be looking at what we can influence in the future and how we can connect the different parts of energy that we can influence ourselves and that will have a knock-on effect into productivity and how successful the business is in achieving its 2025 vision.”