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22nd February 2019

Lucas carries out new lung testing session for site workers

British lung foundation, Goodman

Lucas has organised and funded a major lung testing session for site workers with the help of the British Lung Foundation (BLF).

The medical tests were carried out by specialist respiratory nurses in facilities we set up at Goodman’s Fields in the City, one of our major residential painting projects for Berkeley Homes.

A total of 104 operatives were tested on the day, the biggest session ever carried out by the BLF. A third of them were Lucas colleagues and the rest were from Berkeley Homes and from other trades working at the site.

As well as lung capacity tests, advice was on hand for quitting smoking and 15 operatives are going on to special programmes to help them give up cigarettes. Seven men were referred to their GPs for further medical help. Information booklets were also given out about breathlessness, quitting smoking and keeping active.

Lucas is a partner of the Living Well Alliance, an initiative of the BLF. The Living Well Alliance brings together companies who provide products, devices or treatments that support people to manage their lung conditions. Lucas and Lucas Breathe were one of its founding partners.

Lucas Breathe has been in development for three years. It is a protective treatment for natural stone, concrete and brick surfaces that also cleans the surrounding air. The coating reacts to sunlight in much the same way that plants and trees do, helping to clean the air we breathe.

We want to promote awareness and new initiatives within construction to make a real difference to air quality in our built environment for both construction workers and the people who use the buildings and infrastructure we create.

This is the second lung testing session we’ve held with the BLF and in time we hope to arrange for all our operatives to be tested across all sites.