Based on an Irish incident working at height in the construction sector, this case-study illustrates how the smallest action, or inaction, can have major consequences when it comes to workplace safety.

Through live interaction and facilitated discussion we explore the importance of individual responsibility for safety and some of the human factors that can influence a culture of safety on site.

This workshop engages people in the benefits of safe practices; overcoming key challenges in changing behaviour and culture by generating awareness, understanding and ultimately ownership.

Working at Height | Responsibility | Safety Conversations | Culture


DONAL: I hate working in places that are still operational. Always causes issues. Especially a busy site like this.

PETER: The area is well marked and we’ve got barriers around it. We can have someone spotting from the ground when you are working there. That’s just the way it is. We’ve cleared that with Conroys so if you get any grief come to me.

DONAL: Will do.

PETER: They understand we need to do this job properly and safely. It’s in their interests to.

DONAL: Fair enough.

PETER: Although we do need to make sure that we cause minimal disruption to the day to day running of their business.

DONAL: They’re a big client and we need to keep them happy.

PETER: And they don’t let you forget it.

DONAL: Been getting it in the neck have you Peter?

PETER: Nothing I can’t handle.

DONAL: Rather you than me.

PETER: Now, we’ve got a walkway so you can get between the bays. You just need to be extra careful when you’re working on that side of the roof. And don’t be going off the walkway.

DONAL: Of course. I know how fragile that cement sheeting can be.

PETER: I had a look around the site and a lot of these corrugated roofs are in really bad nick.

DONAL: That’s why we’re replacing the sheeting.​​​​​​​

PETER: I wish we’d started this job a month earlier. It’s freezing.

DONAL: Why was the work pushed back anyway?

PETER: You know how these things are. We were told it was going to happen sooner and then… Between you and me I think another company came in with a better price, so Tommy had to renegotiate. And the client was pushing for a deadline. Then we had to go back and make sure the scaffolders could fit us in. Nothing is ever easy.

DONAL: You’re right ther