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May 5, 2010

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Building better behaviour

Construction giant J Murphy & Sons is rolling out a bespoke behavioural change programme to 250 staff at its North West and Midlands divisions over the next two years.

The programme, which comprises research, leadership days, steering-group events, ‘safety stand-down days’, individual coaching, and on-the ground support, has already been successfully implemented in some of Murphy’s joint ventures, such as with United Utilities, Kier and Interserve (KMI Plus) in 2006.

According to Yvonne Bennett of Setters Associates, the Setters+people® programme uses a holistic approach, which empowers self-managing teams to grow and produce outstanding health and safety results, supported and coached by the company.

John Murphy, Murphy’s regional director, said: “Murphy’s leadership team has a continued desire to be the best in the business and to have the best safety record and culture in the industry. Behaviour is a contributory factor in more than 85 per cent of accidents, and one of the greatest challenges facing those responsible for health and safety in the workplace.

“Working with Setters, we have already seen a dramatic improvement, as we recognise that excellence is achieved by making safety a core value, which impacts on all areas of the business.”

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