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The Stop. Make A Change campaign to highlight wellbeing and safety issues is set to expand across the whole construction industry this year after its successful debut in the infrastructure sector

More than 60,000 workers on over 1,000 sites took part in events to support the first Stop. Make a Change day last April. Sites, offices and production facilities stopped work to hold focused discussions on four key issues: mental health, fatigue, plant safety and respiratory health.

Many of the more than 50 clients, contractors and suppliers that took part made specific commitments to drive improvements in the priority areas.

This year will see the initiative expanded to the whole of construction in a bid to more widely share best practice. It will also take place across two weeks from 16 to 28 April, rather than a single day, to help organisations who cannot stand down their entire workforce at once.

A vote among organisations that took part last year identified plant safety and mental wellbeing as the two key priorities for 2018. The range of issues has been narrowed down to give organisations more time to focus on them in detail during events.

Stop. Make a Change. is supported by the CITB’s Structured Fund as part of Infrastructure 21, a project led by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association to help ensure civils suppliers are prepared for expected growth in the sector in the coming years.

Full details and joining instructions can be found at www.stopmakeachange.co.uk

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