Shortlisted for the WISE Health & Safety Award 2015
12 November 2015
Nicola McCracken, Health and Safety Training Manager, Lagan Construction Group
One of three women alongside 100 men on an HND course in Building Studies, Nicola became a qualified plant instructor, helping construction companies purchase correct equipment and train the men in how to use them safely. At Lagan, Nicola has a key role in major projects, including the construction of the £160m international airport in Islamabad. Having quickly gained the trust of the client, she is believed to be the first Health and Safety manager to hold inductions and training for the local workforce. She ensured people working on the project had the best welfare facilities and secure accommodation, always managing to bring a home from home atmosphere when others were battling homesickness. She also encouraged employment of a female Pakistani graduate engineer.
The youngest chairman in the history of the Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISG), Nicola has contributed to many construction safety initiatives during 20 years on the committee. Through Northern Ireland’s Women in Construction Network, she promotes the construction industry to students and even persuaded her babysitter to do a construction degree. Nicola, who has two children and works part time, says: “It is possible to sustain an impactful career and sensible work-life balance.”