Industry encouraged to down tools and focus on covid-19

Construction site hard hats. Image: Pexels
Construction site hard hats. Image: Pexels

Construction businesses will be urged to down tools temporarily in October to focus on the well being of individual workers, particularly those affected by covid-19.

The Stop. Make a Change event, which this year takes place from 11-22 October, has been promoting sessions aimed at improving the health, safety and well being of everyone in the sector every year since it started in 2017.

This year, amid the covid-19 pandemic, workers will be encouraged to re-engage with their own health, safety and well being and ask themselves what needs to be changed, along with how they might go about making that change.

A series of ‘conversation starter’ kits will be used by the workforce to discuss key concerns about what their job function requires of them and how the individual and the organisation can help to address the concerns.

The event, which has been scheduled to align with World Mental Health Day (11 October) and European Week for Safety and Health at Work (18-22 October), is supported by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), Cancer Research UK and Mates in Mind.

CLC co-chair Andy Mitchell said: “Our industry workforce is crucial to all of our future successes. We recognise the heroic efforts these workers have undertaken during the pandemic, and want to make sure that as the industry hopefully emerges from covid-19, we continue to look after everyone’s health, safety and well being.”

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