CIRAS member Bechtel took part in the national ‘Stop. Make a Change.’ campaign in April, to improve mental health and plant safety in the workplace. Bechtel engaged their workforce in a month-long series of events including a ‘lunch and learn’ event run by CIRAS, sharing good practice in mindfulness and fatigue management.
‘Stop. Make a Change.’ is a UK-wide cross-industry stand down day focussing on promoting health and wellbeing in construction. The themes this year focused on mental health and plant safety. The suicide rate amongst construction workers is 63% higher than the national average, and 400,000 working days are lost in the industry each year due to mental health problems.
This year, Bechtel and CIRAS worked together to raise awareness of these shocking statistics and share practical ways in which individuals can manage their mental health. A lunchtime workshop at Bechtel’s London offices offered employees tips on how to adopt mindfulness techniques. The session also covered how to manage the causes and symptoms of fatigue. We shared our experience of working with the bus sector to deal with fatigue and the lessons learned from other CIRAS members, including:
- Get the basics right – equipment and welfare can contribute to fatigue
- Take a multi-faceted approach – tackling rostering/shifts alone is not enough
- Engage staff in co-designing solutions
Danny Lyons – Area Environmental Safety and Health Manager at Bechtel said:
“It was great to have CIRAS join us as part of our Stop. Make a Change. campaign. By sharing examples of mindfulness techniques and managing symptoms of fatigue, those who participated could reflect on ways to improve their own mental health and wellbeing and recognise possible symptoms in others. The construction industry must act to extinguish the stigma surrounding mental health. I’m pleased that Bechtel continues to address this important industry issue.”
For more on the Stop. Make a Change. campaign visit https://www.stopmakeachange.co.uk/