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Sypol pilot promotes onsite health awareness

A PILOT scheme to promote better occupational health is being launched this autumn at sites in the East Midlands.

The 'Constructing Better Health'scheme will be introduced on October 5 in either Leicester or Nottingham and will be run by health and safety consultant Sypol.

The firm has linked up with private medical firm Business Healthcare, based in Mansfield, to offer a free health service to site workers.

Sypol chairman Lawrence Waterman said this would include free training sessions, information and advice, plus a free health check.

Mr Waterman has a target workforce of up to 12,000 workers during the two-year pilot and said the scheme would visit hundreds of sites.

He said: 'The East Midlands meets a lot of the criteria we were after.

'It has a reasonably stable workforce and a lot of development work is going on.'

A decision on which city will eventually be chosen will be made nearer the time.

The scheme, which has been backed by construction union Ucatt, needs around £1 million of funding and has so far attracted around £700,000.

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