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06 Nov 2023

Constructing a healthier workplace

Constructing a healthier workplace

Written by By Cathy McDonald, Vitality Works and SafetyWorks

How Laing O’Rourke engineering and construction went from reactive to preventative to build a healthy workforce from the inside out.

Vitality Works and Laing O'Rourke have been working together as a partnership for over 12 years. Since working together, Laing O'Rourke have reduced claims relating to musculoskeletal injuries and incidents seen an increase in productivity and a general uplift in energy amongst teams.

The Challenge

A Hazardous History

The construction industry is one of Australia’s most dangerous—accounting for 11% of serious workplace injury claims across the nation. With the success of their business based on people and teamwork, energy and innovation, Laing O’Rourke were in search of a new health and wellbeing partner to protect and empower their people to be their best.

The Opportunity

Reactive to Preventative

For Laing O’Rourke, Vitality Works’ industry-leading expertise and unique, preventative approach aligned with their ambition to provide world-class solutions that would maximise safety, productivity and quality in their workplace. The SafeSpine™ and Safe Mind programs brought mental and physical wellness together to build healthy people from inside out—breaking the stigma of discussing mental health and changing the workplace conversation forever.

The Outcome

“We Want To Do What LOR Does”

Injury claims have significantly reduced but just as importantly, the programs have enabled Laing O’Rourke’s people to thrive—they feel valued for “being given the chance to be their best”. Laing O’Rourke has become an industry health and wellbeing leader, with clients favouring their unique approach over competitors’.

“We start the day with a different conversation. It’s heightened our teams’ energy and kept productivity high—even during COVID”.
Tony PageLaing O'Rourke

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Amy Miszalski, Senior Leadership Consultant & Coach from SafetyWorks, a division of Vitality Works will present; Psychobabble! - psychological safety, psychosocial risks – what are we talking about? at the Workplace Health & Safety Show Sydney. The event will take place on 23-24 October at Sydney Showground. Register FREE to attend here.

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