Site Safety starts hereI simply had to blog about last week’s Newsnight programme, featuring the expose by BBC London and Newsnight about the fraudulent safety certificates being issued to construction workers.If you haven’t already seen it, then it’s worth watching it on Catch Up if you have it.

The show demonstrates a few rogue training centres taking money from people posing as migrant workers in exchange for them either physically doing the training courses or giving them the exact answers to the questions. In one clip, you can see the trainer showing the students how to get some questions wrong so that suspicions aren’t raised. He later goes on to say that what he’s doing is wrong and that there are serious consequences. How does this guy sleep at night?

The show rightly points out that building projects in the UK are increasingly complex and that safety on construction sites has never been more important. I wouldn’t want to be a construction worker at the top of say The Shard in London, working with a team of people that have paid a few hundred quid for a bogus qualification. I wouldn’t want my son or daughter to be in that position either. It’s frankly unacceptable and these training centres should hang their heads in shame.
Site safety is an issue Temple Recruitment takes VERY seriously. If you read my previous blog post about The Lighthouse Club Charity then you’ll see that Temple Recruitment supports this amazing charity that helps families who have lost a family member or been injured as a result of an accident on a construction site. In their 60 years history, The Lighthouse Club have raised £12.5 million and done superb work to ensure that construction sites are now safer places to work, through improved training and education. However, it’s incidents like this – which are very rare – that really give the construction industry a bad name.
On a more positive note, I must applaud Newsnight and the BBC for bringing it to our attention. Every hard working, credible and honest professional within the construction industry (of which there are many) will be even more committed to making sure that standards are met and that safety is a priority.

Luckily, the Construction Industry Training Board has been taking action and you can read their statement in response to the show here. I would like to take this opportunity to say that Temple Recruitment checks every single CSCS card on the CITB online card checker before a candidate is sent to a site. Nothing is more important to us than making sure that we have qualified and safe construction staff working on your site.

Best wishes
Clare Griffin
Temple Recruitment Specialists