All aboard!


Barr Construction and its retail partners at Tesco and Sainsbury’s have hit the road to drive home the health and safety message.

Tesco and Sainsbury’s have come on board to support Barr’s special mobile exhibition, which has been touring a number of Barr’s retail sites over the summer.

The health and safety drive has been organised in association with Constructing Better Health, the organisation dedicated to improving the health of the construction, building services and facilities management sector workforces.

Personnel from Constructing Better Health, NHS and the Health and Safety Executive were among those on hand to offer information, advice and support to Barr staff and their subcontractors working on the new Sainsbury’s store at Heaton Park and the new Tesco store at St Helens.

Those visiting the roadshow have been able to find out more about how to lead healthier lives, look after their hearts, stop smoking and otherwise look after themselves better. Medical staff were also available to conduct free health checks, including cancer screening.

Martin Oldfield, Barr Construction’s Health and Safety Manager said:

“We’ve been offering free health checks for all of our personnel working across our Tesco and Sainsbury’s projects and they’ve proven very popular.

We are striving to develop a healthier, happier workforce and, by going to where our people are rather than waiting for them to come to us, we’re making it as easy as possible for them to get on the road to living healthier lives. While taking some simple steps can improve their own health, it has become clear that a healthier workforce is more motivated and productive.

Barr is keen to build a reputation for being a caring company which looks after its staff and one which people will want to come to work for. Tesco and Sainsbury’s are fully behind these aims and we are very grateful for their support in this campaign.”


The drive is part of Barr’s commitment to Healthy Working Lives, an NHS initiative which encourages companies to promote health and well-being amongst staff.

Barr’s Glasgow and Livingston offices have recently been awarded a Bronze and Silver Healthy Working Lives accreditation respectively.

Both offices are actively engaged in improving on these awards and are pursuing the steps necessary to go for the Gold Healthy Working Lives standard.

As part of the event, Barr Construction set up a Considerate Constructors Scheme ‘stall’ to promote Company Registration membership. Scheme Monitor Ray McDonald, along with Bruce Holmes from Barr Construction, spent the three days engaging with management and trade contractors from the sites, enlightening them on the benefits of registering with the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s Company Registration. In keeping with the spirit of the event, prizes were handed out at the end of each day for the best answers to the question ‘what one thing could we do to improve the image of the construction industry?’

Barr construction will use the best suggestions at site level which will hopefully allow them to capture the exclusive 5 point scores in subsequent Monitor visits!