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RR896 - Leadership and worker involvement on the Olympic Park

This research considers leadership and worker involvement practice across selected projects on the London 2012 Olympic Park.

The aim was to understand the degree to which the various approaches impacted positively or negatively on worker involvement in health and safety matters, and identify what could potentially be transferable both to other construction projects and to industry more widely.

More specifically, this research project sought to explore in more detail the range of initiatives and approaches used, for example behavioural safety training and daily activity briefings (DABs), assessing their impact on worker involvement, attitudes and behaviours and other desired outcomes.

The research explored these issues through a review of documents, analysis of existing data, four in-depth case studies of projects within the Olympic Park, interviews with senior leaders from the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and CLM (a delivery partner appointed by ODA to manage the construction programme), and an indicative survey of worker (including managers, supervisors and operatives) views.

The context for the research is a strong public commitment to safety from the ODA resulting in a remarkably good safety record that was recognised in the form of a five star award for safety from the British Safety Council.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2011-10-24