Key clients and contractors have added their support to what is understood to be the first ever UK-wide health and safety stand-down, where they will stop work for a day to enable staff to develop commitments to improve working practices.
Gatwick Airport, Transport Scotland and Scottish Water alongside Galliford Try/Morrison Construction, Clancy Docwra, Hochtief and Ferrovial Agroman are among the big names pledging to stand-down on 18 April.
The Stop. Make a Change campaign, launched by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Ceca), will ask participants to focus on one or more of the four themes of mental health, plant safety, fatigue and respiratory illness, and then use the event to brief staff and suppliers.
It is intended that good practice developed through the campaign will be shared among supporters through a guide published later this year.
“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,” said Ceca chief executive Alasdair Reisner.