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UK infrastructure's first safety stand-down planned for 2017

Contractors and clients are planning to hold the UK’s first industry-wide safety stand-down in April next year.

The Stop. Make a Change initiative, which is being pioneered by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, will take place on 18 April 2017.

Contractors and clients will use the stand-down to discuss with employees how the industry can boost health, safety and wellbeing, with mental health, respiratory illness, fatigue and plant safety the four key priorities.

Contractors backing the scheme include Bam Nuttall, Balfour Beatty, Costain, Lagan Construction Group, Morgan Sindall, Skanska and VolkerWessels UK.

Major clients including the Environment Agency, High Speed 2 and Network Rail have also committed to the initiative, while the CITB has also backed it through its structured fund.

Participating firms will also make an individual commitment in relation to each of these priorities, with each of these being implemented over the course of the year.

Firms will then feed back the impact of these commitments and best practice ahead of a planned event in 2018.

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.”

Stop. Make a Change is open to any firm that works in UK infrastructure, including clients, contractors and suppliers.

Interested parties can contact enquiries@ceca.co.uk to receive full details of how to get involved.

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