60,000 to down tools for health and safety campaign

 

An estimated 60,000 UK infrastructure workers plan to take part in what is thought to be the largest stand-down event ever in the UK construction sector, in order to help tackle health and safety challenges.

More than 1,000 sites, office and production facilities across the country are due to take part today in Stop. Make a Change - a cross-industry stand-down to tackle the sector's key health and safety challenges.

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Launched in November 2016, the initiative now has more than 50 organisations ranging from tier one to small and specialist SMEs signed up in supoort.

More than 30 are making specific commitments that relate to four priorities chosen by an industry expert panel - mental health, fatigue, plant safety and respiratory health.

The organisations committng to making improvements will also engage with their supply chain partners, meaning 3,000 other companies are expected to be involved in today’s events.

Stop. Make a Change has been supported by the Construction Industry Training Board’s Structured Fund.

CITB chief executive Sarah Beale said: 'While we know that there has been sustained improvements in health and safety in recent years, there is much more to be done.

'Stop. Make a Change signals a new, heightened awareness of health and wellbeing issues among construction firms and their employees across the UK, which CITB is pleased to support.'

CECA chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: '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.'

Organisations involved in Stop. Make a Change will provide feedback and best practice will be shared between all contributing organisations later this year.

 
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