Britain’s builders are being urged to get into shape in a new health push today as Public Health Minister Jane Ellison launches the Responsibility Deal Construction Pledge with Britain’s favourite builder Tommy Walsh.
The image of the bottom baring, overweight builder is being replaced by workers who are hands-on well-oiled machines who operate building sites up and down the country. To build on this, today’s new pledge outlines how the construction industry will further help its workforce to lead healthier lives.
There is a range of actions that firms can take – such as regular health checks, stop-smoking clubs and healthier staff canteens.
Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said:
“ The construction industry is a vital part of the UK economy and it is important we do all that we can to sustain a healthy workforce. “ Builders often work in difficult and demanding environments and we must support them to ensure their health is not put at risk. “ It’s great that so many firms are making the health of their staff a priority on their sites.” Almost two million working days were lost due to sickness on construction sites across Britain last year so the industry has come together with the Department of Health to tackle the issue head on.
34 companies, including 11 small firms, have already signed up to encourage their staff to adopt healthier lifestyles and have promised to improve the way in which they take care of the health and wellbeing of their workers.
Britain’s favourite builder, Tommy Walsh said:
“ As a builder I’ve seen attitudes towards health in the trade massively improve since I first picked up a trowel. Today’s builders are just as likely to go down to the gym as they are to go to the pub after work. “ But there’s loads more that workers and their companies can do, so I want every construction firm in Britain to sign up to the pledge and promise to do their bit to make building sites healthier places to work.”
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