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INDUSTRY INITIATIVE: STOP.MAKE A CHANGE IN 2018

Construction projects to ‘down tools’ and focus on healthier workplaces

On 18 April 2017, organisations from across the UK infrastructure sector took part in Stop. Make a Change.

Sites, offices and production facilities all ‘downed tools’ to focus on working together to build a healthier, safer industry. More than 60 companies across 1,000 sites and more than 60,000 employees took part.

The initiative is being repeated with the 2018 Stop. Make a Change which has been expanded to cover the whole of the UK construction industry.

Two key priorities

It will run for two weeks, from 16 to 27 April 2018 and will focus on two key priorities:

  • Mental health – one in four people will suffer from mental health issues each year and more than 400,000 days being lost to work-related stress, anxiety and depression in construction. A worker is more likely to die of suicide in the construction sector than they are from a fall from height. Companies taking part in Stop. Make a Change will be asked to make commitments which may include signing up to cross-industry initiatives, or leading their own change programmes within their businesses.

  • Plant safety – construction relies heavily on the use of mobile plant. When used well, by trained and experienced operators, such plant is safe. However the industry still experiences many occasions when uncontrolled movements of plant lead to tragic consequences on site. Of the 217 people who died in the construction industry over the last five years around 10 per cent were hit by moving vehicles. Each organisation involved in Stop. Make a Change. will be asked to show their commitment to reducing the number of plant-related incidents on site.

Stop. Make a Change has been delivered with support from CITB Structured Fund

Guidance on how to participate

A briefing document and other resources has been prepared to assist companies taking part in Stop. Make a Change. The briefing is of particular relevance to those within each company that have been asked to manage and oversee events.

The guidance is based on best practice from industry as to what works when running such ‘stand-down’/’stand-up’ events.

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