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.