Head Of Training, The Healthy Work Company

February 10, 2016

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Video: Mindfulness in construction

Created by former builders, a new training programme has been developed by BS2B and Olive Media, which uses captivating animations to show users how their thoughts affect their ability to work effectively. In this mindfulness in construction animation, machine driver Baz and pipe-layer James end up in conflict over Baz’s failure to follow James’s instructions. Investigation of Baz’s thoughts find they were on everything but the job in hand, which led him to make the mistakes he did. An explanation then follows to show how a mindful approach to the work would have produced a different outcome.

Created by Dave Lee, author of  The Hairy Arsed Builder’s Guide to Stress Management the animations aim to show the impact the environment can have on workers. “Often the connection between health, and physical hazards such as noise, dust, chemicals and vibration, are well recognised, but less well understood is the stress created by the working environment and the impact this has on inner wellbeing,” explains Dave. “When staff feel angry, frustrated and emotionally drained, the effects on their work can be serious, leading to costly mistakes, accidents and, in the most extreme cases, death.”

Find out more about the training programme here.

What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.

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Steven
Steven
8 years ago

Very interesting, thanks. The connection between emotional wellness and safety should not be overlooked.

lw
lw
7 years ago

Excellent, when you think of the machinery that is used, the depths and heights worked and how important being in the moment is for safety. More, more, more mindfulness training please.

Duncan Brown
Duncan Brown
7 years ago

If you are interested in stress & health in construction issues you will be interested in these free to view videos too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiXUf58I0EU & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn8q-4dxwHk

Samba
Samba
7 years ago

Hello,
How can download these videos?
Sam

MS
MS
7 years ago

A very interesting and informative video. Not necessarily related to Occupational Health, specifically mental health, however. The video is showing classic psychological traits that affect human behaviours, (otherwise known as conscious overload) which impacts on safety. It is just scratching the surface however. It is pointing out the problem but not offering any solution, such as behavioural safety tools that people can use to compensate for those psychological failings that are common to us all and which lead us into making the mistakes that have negative safety impact.

Paddy Dwan
Paddy Dwan
7 years ago

Very good. Short and sweet and to the point. Highlights a problem that is not just confined to construction but also applies to other jobs. No harm in drawing attention to it. I am sure most people can recall moments when their full attention was not always on ‘being in the moment’. It’s human but we still have to be very aware and in the moment for our own well being and the safety of others.

Andrew
Andrew
7 years ago

The video is a helpful explanation as to what can go wrong and why it happens, but doesn’t offer any solution on how to stay in the ‘now’
Regards
Andy