60,000 people from across UK infrastructure will join forces today to help drive better health, safety and wellbeing in the sector.
More than 1,000 sites, office and production facilities across the country will today 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 and contractors 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 that 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.
CITB chief executive Sarah Beale said: “It’s great to see so many employers getting behind this important campaign. 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: “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”.
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.
Some of the biggest names in the infrastructure sector have thrown their weight behind the first ever UK-wide health & safety stand-down which is due to take place this spring.
Stop. Make a Change. has been developed by some of the industry’s leading contractors and customers working with the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA). It was launched at CECA’s 20th anniversary conference in November last year, with the backing of 18 leading contractors and customers.
Since then a host of further names from the sector have signed up to take part in the initiative including clients Gatwick Airport, Transport Scotland and Scottish Water as well as main contractors including Galliford Try/Morrison Construction, Clancy Docwra, Hochtief and Ferrovial Agroman. It is also backed by a range of SMEs and industry bodies.
Stop. Make a Change. will take place on 18 April with companies involved making commitments relating to four key health, safety and wellbeing topics – Mental health, plant safety, fatigue, and respiratory illness. Each business will decide on their own commitments and will use the event to brief staff and suppliers about them. It is intended that good practice developed through Stop. Make a Change will be shared among supporters through a guide published later this year.
CECA chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: “It is fantastic that there has been such strong support from across the industry for Stop. Make a Change. When industry was developing the idea, it was recognised that we would be able to achieve the greatest impact if it was taken up widely, bringing best practice from clients, contractors and suppliers nationwide.
“We are looking forward to seeing what each organization is doing to drive change on each of the four topics, and are keen to share this as best practice later this year.”
CEMEX Health and Safety Director Andy Taylor said: We are delighted to taking part in the Stop. Make a Change. campaign. Health, safety and well-being is our number one priority and we join many other high profile companies in the infrastructure sector who are dedicated to making it their priority on 18 April.”
Notes to editors
1. Full details of Stop. Make a Change. can be found on the projects website at www.stopmakeachange.co.uk including a newly published guide to running a stand-down within your organization.
2. New organisations to have signed up for Stop. Make a Change include Amiante STR, CEMEX, Cheetham Hill Construction Ltd, Clancy Docwra, CSCS, Farrans, Ferrovial Agroman, Galliford Try, Gatwick Airport, Hochtief, HZ Inova, Institution of Civil Engineers, M.B.Roche & Sons, McLaughlin & Harvey, Morrison Construction, Raymond Brown Construction Ltd, Scottish Water, and Transport Scotland.
3. They join founding partners BAM Nuttall, Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Crossrail, Environment Agency, Heathrow Airport, Highways England, HS2 Ltd, Lagan Construction, Morgan Sindall, Network Rail, Skanska, Tideway & VolkerWessels UK.
Workplaces across the UK will down tools next year as leading lights from UK infrastructure work together to boost health, safety and wellbeing in the sector.
Stop. Make a Change. will see top contractors and customers stand down work on sites and in offices across the country on the morning of 18 April 2017. It is the first time that such a national stand-down event has taken place in the UK.
Each organisation involved will use the stand down to discuss with employees and suppliers how the industry can work together to boost its performance in relation to health, safety and wellbeing. These discussions will be built around four priority areas, which have been developed by an expert panel drawn from across the industry.
The 2017 priorities are:
Involvement in Stop. Make a Change is open to any organisation that works in the UK infrastructure sector, including customers, contractors and suppliers. Companies that are interested in taking part are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive full details of how to get involved.
CECA chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: "As an industry we have made tremendous progress in recent years to improve our health, safety and wellbeing. However there remains significant scope to improve. We think Stop. Make a Change will provide a platform for the sector to work together, tackling some of the leading issues faced by our workforce and supply chain"
Nick Fletcher, Morgan Sindall’s managing director of Infrastructure said: “We are committed to ensuring that our strategy for health, safety and wellbeing provides continuous improvements for all our employees and other stakeholders – we do this by measuring both the inputs and the outputs of our strategy. It is important to keep things fresh, and using inputs like Stop. Make a Change are invaluable opportunities for us to reflect on our performance and review how we can continue to develop and advance – not just at Morgan Sindall, but across the industry as a whole.”
Stop. Make a Change. has been developed by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, with the support of the Construction Industry Training Board through its structured fund.
Organisations that have committed to take part in Stop. Make a Change include:
BAM Nuttall, Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Crossrail, Environment Agency, Heathrow Airport, Highways England, HS2 Ltd, Lagan Construction, Morgan Sindall, Network Rail, Skanska, Tideway & VolkerWessels UK.