Esher 16.6.2017: Two per cent of deadly skin cancer cases in Britain come from working outdoors. Construction workers account for the largest proportion of these cases (44% of deaths). To help combat this trend, workers from Keltbray Demolition & Civil’s project at The Stage in London are now working with researchers from Heriot-Watt University’s Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM).
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has funded the research, which aims to reduce exposure to UV radiation for those at risk of high exposure, and increase exposure and encourage dietary changes for those who may not get enough sunshine to synthesise the vitamin D.
“This project aims to minimise the risk of skin cancer and maximise the benefits of vitamin D to promote healthy muscle and bone strength,” explained Contracts Manager at The Stage, Gavin Lawless. “Those involved in the project are using a smartphone app that sends text messages to remind them to cover up and protect their skin in the summer, while in the winter they will be encouraged to choose a diet rich in vitamin D,” he continued.
Throughout the project, the study will monitor the participants’ vitamin D levels. “It is vital that construction workers get the right amount of sun and of the ‘sunshine vitamin’, D, without getting sunburned, which increases their risk of developing skin cancer,” explained Professor John Cherrie of Heriot-Watt University’s School of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
…and while we’re talking about the sun, don’t forget to follow the safety advice of Keltbray’s KML Occupational Health service in the current glorious weather:
1. Slip on a t-shirt
2. Slap on a hat
3. Slop on sunscreen
4. Stick on sunglasses
5. Stay in the shade
6. Sip lots of water
Marit Meyer-Bell, Head of Communications
Tel. 0786 765 3392
Notes to editors:
Keltbray Group is a UK leading specialist business, which offers engineering, construction, demolition, decommissioning, remediation, rail, environmental services and reinforced concrete frame solutions. The company dates back to 1976, employs more than 1,000 people, and is a key player in developing and maintaining Britain’s built environment. Keltbray provides services to meet the needs of diverse and complex projects, and its well qualified people take pride in delivering projects safely and efficiently, on time and to budget, and with care for the environment and our communities. Keltbray has contributed to a range of high profile construction projects including The Shard, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium, St Pancras International, Crossrail, Earls Court and Battersea Power Station.