From 17 to 21 October 2022, our sites will be taking part in this year’s Stop. Make a Change campaign, an annual event with participants across UK construction, infrastructure and the built environment.
This is our fifth year taking part in the campaign, and this year’s topics will be focusing on risk management, mental health awareness, the importance of avoiding utility services and hand protection.
On Monday 17 October and Tuesday 18 October, we will be focusing on the management of risk.
These sessions are geared toward our own Project Management Teams and Project Managers and Supervisors within our supply chain. The focus will be on Daily Point of Work Safety Briefing, a topic which we view as highly significant in our daily endeavours to control risk.
On Wednesday 19 October, we will focus on raising awareness of mental health.
This will cover current mental health issues for those working within the construction industry and will include some very useful guidance for those dealing with the issue of workplace stress. We’ll also look at the valuable input by our Mental Health First Aiders and the availability of external organisations such as The Lighthouse Club – the only charity that provides emotional, physical and financial support to the construction community and their families.
On Thursday 20 October, we will be highlighting the key elements of control in avoiding underground utility services.
There will be a particular focus on our procedural requirements and we will share lessons learnt from previous experiences. We have also invited Warner Surveys to deliver a segment on ground penetrating radar, as well as Sygma to present a session on the effective use of CAT and Genny for the detection / location of underground utility services.
Finally, on Friday 21 October, we will be discussing hand protection.
Hand injuries are amongst the most common injuries sustained in construction today. Our closing topic of the Stop, Make a Change 2022 campaign will be hand protection, focusing on preventative measures and controls including the selection and wearing of appropriate gloves and the correct use of common tools which can cause hand injuries.