Stop. Make a Change
- Date: Tuesday 6th February 2018
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In 2018, the Stop. Make a Change initiative will expand to cover the whole of the UK construction industry. It will run for two weeks, from 16 to 27 April and will focus on two key priorities: mental health and plant safety.
Last year, organisations from across the UK infrastructure sector took part in Stop. Make a Change The event allowed UK contractors, customers and suppliers the opportunity to speak directly to employees and suppliers about health, safety and wellbeing issues, and to make commitments to actions targeting improved performance in these areas.
The initiative saw sites, offices and production facilities stop work for focused discussions on four key issues: mental health, fatigue, plant safety and respiratory health. More than 60 companies across 1,000 sites and more than 60,000 employees took part.
Stop. Make a Change is supported by CITB’s Structured Fund as part of the Infrastructure 21, a Civil Engineering Contractors Association-led project to help ensure that civil suppliers are primed ready for expected growth in the sector in coming years.
Promoting Positive Mental Health
More than 400,000 days were lost due to work-related stress, anxiety and depression in construction and workers are more likely to die of suicide in construction than they are from a fall from height. Companies taking part in Stop. Make a Change will be asked to make commitments in this area, which may include signing up to cross-industry initiatives, or leading their own change programmes within their businesses.
Safe Movement of Plant
Despite well trained and experienced operators, the construction industry still experiences too many occasions when uncontrolled movements of plant lead to tragic consequences on site. Of the 217 people killed in this industry over the last 5 years, around 10 per cent were hit by moving vehicles. Each organisation involved in Stop. Make a Change will be asked to show their commitments to reducing the number of plant-related incidents on site.
For more details about how your company can get involved, visit www.stopmakeachange.co.uk.
Source: Mel Standlick, SSG