60,000 people from across UK infrastructure will join forces today to help drive better health, safety and wellbeing in the sector.
From 10am today more than 1,000 sites, office and production facilities across the country will take part in Stop. Make a Change, a cross-industry stand-down to tackle some of the key health & safety challenges faced by the sector. It is thought that this is the largest stand-down event ever undertaken in the UK construction sector.
Since it was launched in November 2016 more than 50 organisations – from the sector’s largest customers to small and specialist SMEs - have signed up to support the initiative. More than 30 are making specific commitments that will be briefed out during today’s events.
The commitments relate to four priorities which have been chosen by an industry expert panel - mental health, fatigue, plant safety and respiratory health. Each organisation has chosen commitments that will focus on improving performance within their business, supporting better outcomes for employees in each area.
As well as their own employees, organisations taking part are engaging with their supply chain partners, with more than 3,000 other companies expected to be involved in today’s events.
Stop. Make a Change has been supported by CITB’s Structured Fund as part of Infrastructure 21, a Civil Engineering Contractors Association-led project to help ensure that civils suppliers are primed ready for expected growth in the sector in the coming years.
CECA chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: “When we first started planning Stop. Make a Change we hoped that we might get up to 10 companies and a few thousand employers involved in this first year. The response from industry has been tremendous, with a real desire to use the event as an opportunity to deliver positive change across the sector. We are looking forward to events today, and the health, safety and wellbeing improvements that they will drive”.
Andy Taylor, Health and Safety Director said: We are delighted to taking part in the Stop. Make a Change campaign. We are the first building materials supplier to sign up and would urge other companies in our sector to become part of this outstanding initiative. Health, safety and well-being is our No. 1 priority and we join many other high profile companies in the infrastructure sector who are dedicated to making it their priority on 18 April.”
Organisations involved in Stop. Make a Change will provide feedback on the impact that the commitments that they have made have had upon their business, with best practice shared between all contributing organisations later this year.
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A list of supporters and details of commitments can be found at www.stopmakeachange.co.uk
For further details please contact CECA on 0207 340 0450