George Brumwell has had a distinguished career in the construction industry where he has worked consistently to raise health and safety standards. Since 1991 he has been general secretary of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians. He served as a member of the HSC’s Construction Industry Advisory Committee from the mid-1980s until he was appointed as a TUC member of the commission in April 1998. Latterly he has played a leading role in promoting its strategy for “Revitalising Health and Safety in Construction”. He has proved to be a tireless champion for the causes of good health and safety management, effective workforce involvement, mandatory health and safety training for all operatives and action on occupational health.
George is a member of the Strategic Forum for the Construction Industry and is a long-time member of the CITB, where he chairs its Health, Safety and Environment Committee. He has continually sought to raise the profile of health and safety in his participation in bodies such as the Construction Industry Joint Council, the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, the TUC (where he is the lead spokesman for construction) and the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum. He also campaigns on health and safety issues at international level through the International Federation of Building and Wood Unions.
Awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Distinguished Service Award.