Barr Construction drives home healthy working lives message

Retail contractor Barr Construction has hit the road to Sheffield to hammer home the importance of occupational health to staff, site personnel and the local communities it operates in.

Barr is currently working on the creation of a new 50,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s superstore in the town and is committed to creating the healthiest construction workforce in the country.

Barr’s tour bus started the roadshow at the company’s HQ in Paisley and will journey across sites currently in operation.

The health and lifestyle drive has been organised in partnership with Constructing Better Health to offer information, advice and support to Barr staff, subcontractors and the close community affected by the new Sainsbury’s store off Clay Wheels Lane.

Those visiting the roadshow have been able to find out more about how to lead healthier lives, look after their hearts, stop smoking and combat the effects of stress.

Barr’s occupational health nurse is also available to conduct free health checks including diabetes, blood pressure and BMI screening.

In addition, attendees have the opportunity to get active with the on board Nintendo Wii and take home free gifts such as water bottles, fruit and stress balls.

Martin Oldfield, Barr Construction’s health & safety manager said:

“We’ve been offering free health checks for all of our personnel working on our sites the length and breadth of the country 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.

“Taking some simple steps can make a big difference to overall health and it has become clear that a healthier workforce is also 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.”

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 their workforce.

Sheffield is the last stop of Barr’s health and wellbeing roadshow which previously visited sites in Stourport, Chester and Scotland.

Barr Construction hosting a health and wellbeing roadshow at the Sainsbury’s development in Sheffield


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