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11 June 2024 3.00pm BST


1 h

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EFFC Health and Wellbeing Webinar

Time to event


11 June 2024 3.00pm BST


1 h

The EFFC are pleased to announce a new webinar will take place on Tuesday 11th June  (4pm CET / 3pm BST – 5pm CET/4pm BST), entitled ‘EFFC Health and Wellbeing Webinar’.

The construction industry presents some particular challenges in relation to the protection and promotion of workers’ health. This webinar aims to discuss how health and wellbeing are impacted by working in the construction industry and suggests ways in which organizations can positively shape workplaces and practices in ways that better support construction workers to maintain healthy and productive working lives.

The webinar is free to attend.



Building a Health & Well-Being Foundation by Catherine Chauder (HSEQ Manager at Keller)

Everyone has their own unique and individual needs to be their best at work and home. As employers, we can remove barriers by providing the support and resources to drive wellbeing in a way that’s right for our colleagues, their families, and their communities. This presentation will explore how prioritizing health & well-being not only enhances employees’ health and happiness but also improves resilience, productivity, and performance.


How Does Our Brain Affect Safety? by Gerry Havekotte (Safety Manager at Ballast Nedam)

Every day, employees go to work to do their job and then go home safe and sound. Everyone wants to go home safe and sound, but they do not always succeed. Everyone knows someone who did not get home safely because of a workplace accident. Or an employee whose health got worse in the long run, as their hearing declined. This is because people do not see the point of following certain rules. Or because not all rules are immediately well understood. This presentation will explore the role our brain plays in understanding and following rules.


Lorenzo Alessi

(Webinar Chair) Quality, Safety, Environmental Director at Soletanche Freyssinet and EFFC H&S Working Group Chair

Lorenzo Alessi holds an Environmental Engineering degree from Politecnico di Milano, Italy and a post-graduate diploma in Environmental Health & Safety Management from Niagara College, Canada. Lorenzo began his career in 2005 in the oil & gas industry covering international Health, Safety & Environmental roles for major engineering consulting and oil & gas service companies. In 2014 he joined Soletanche Bachy Group as QHSE Director and has been chairing the EFFC Health & Safety Working Group since 2019. Very passionate for occupational Health & Safety, Lorenzo strongly believes that Health & Safety excellence is about engaging with people and inspiring behavioural change.

Simon Jones

Divisional Director (Europe and Middle East) at Keller

Simon Jones is the Divisional Director (Europe and Middle East) for Keller, he joined the UK business in 2017 and leads a team of HSEQ professionals. As an IOSH Chartered HSQE professional Simon has supported businesses across European markets and further afield in South Africa and Australia. He is an advocate of behavioural safety and cultural change and has facilitated to the introduction of the Keller Step Forward for Safety Programme, a mobile version of award-winning Tideway EPIC and EKFB Elite programmes. Simon was recently the Chair of the Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) Safety, Plant and Operations Group. He represents the FPS at the European Federation of Foundation Contractors (EFFC) Safety Group. And is actively involved in the leadership of both IOSH and CQI Branches. Having initially trained as a Civil Engineer Simon brings both a practical and pragmatic approach to construction site safety. 

Catherine Chauder

HSEQ Manager at Keller

Catherine Chauder is a HSEQ Manager at Keller. She is responsible for managing the HSEQ duties across the Prairie Provinces of Canada and resides in Calgary, Alberta. Catherine joined Keller in 2018 and has been practicing health and safety for 8 years.

Gerry Havekotte

Safety Manager at Ballast Nedam
Since 2009 Gerry has been supporting business units that deal with excavation, foundations and anchorings. She has experience working in the Netherlands with the NVAF, the trade association for foundation companies. The NVAF has various working groups and Gerry acts as chair(wo)man of the working group Health, Safety and Environment.

Gerry’s heart is with foundation work and workers, and she strongly believes that all building requires a good foundation. She is passionate about professionals who work around the piling machine etc, working in a high-risk environment with the intention of doing their jobs safely. Gerry believes that we all have to take good care of each other.


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