'Stop. Make a Change' Campaign Returns in September with Focus on Seven Risks
- Date: Friday 21st June 2019
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The civil engineering sector’s “Stop. Make a Change” safety stand-down campaign will return in September this year, focusing on seven key risks to health, safety and wellbeing identified earlier this year by major infrastructure clients.
From 9 to 13 September, organisations that sign up to join the campaign will temporarily halt work in sites, offices and production facilities to hold focused discussions on health, safety and wellbeing.
Launched in April 2017, with the involvement of 60 companies employing 60,000 workers, the event was extended to cover the wider construction sector in April 2018 when more than 100 companies and 100,000 employees took part.
The seven topics for this year’s event were identified by the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG), which was set up by the Institution of Civil Engineers to discuss commercial issues but later broadened its scope to health and safety.
ICG members include Highways England, Sellafield and Transport for London. Members will develop action plans aiming to eliminate, by 2025, illness and injury related to:
- People and mobile plant
- Mental healtk
- Striking buries services
- Lifiting operations
- Heavy goods vehicle operations
- Hand arm vibration-related disease, and
- Public safety
As part of the campaign, customers, contractors and suppliers are encouraged to make specific commitments to improve performance in priority areas and share best practice.
This year, companies that register as supporters will be expected to sign up to commitments on all or some of the risks identified by the ICG.
The campaign was developed by a group of major contractors co-ordinated by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA). However, the campaign stresses that organisations of any size are welcome to support it.
CECA chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: “Stop. Make a Change has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2017, becoming a construction-wide initiative for companies of all sizes to participate in.
“Together industry is working to make sure we address the key health, safety and wellbeing risks that our sector faces.
“It is imperative that this momentum is maintained if we are to generate real change in how the construction sector operates.”