As part of the construction industry’s Stop. Make a Change campaign, over 70 employees of the HB Projects Bradford office and Head office team attended a seminar arranged by the company.
HB Projects is proud to support this national event. It is an opportunity for the construction community to unite and put work on hold to discuss how we can all work together to build a healthier and safer industry.
Our focus for the two-week campaign, running from 16-27 April, is Mental Health & Wellbeing.
Some stark statistics were presented which highlighted the importance of raising the profile of mental health and wellbeing within the construction industry. For example, in 2016 there were 30 people in construction who died through accidents at work, yet 454 people in construction died from suicide.
As well as presentations from our senior management team, the group heard from Martin Pemberton, a former professional footballer turned life coach and personal trainer.
Martin spoke frankly about mental ill health, which has affected him in the past and still continues to do so… and his coping strategies.
Beverley Peace, Group Compliance Director said: “This was the first of a series of events which we are running in support of Stop. Make a Change. The mental health and wellbeing of our people is an absolute priority. Sessions like this, and by listening to Martin’s messages, will increase mental health knowledge and awareness amongst employees and provide the opportunity for mental health to be acknowledged and supported at HB Projects.”
Ed Beck, Managing Director said: “It is not often that you see a room full of people completely captivated by a subject. Martin delivered his story with passion and emotion. It was a challenging topic and it certainly resonated with all those present.”
Other events are planned over the next two weeks for team members based at our Bradford, Livingston and Gatwick offices including our ‘live operational sites’ at Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, Blantyre, South Lanarkshire and Snodland, Kent.
Left to right: Michael Brace, Regional Director; Martin Pemberton; Lynda Parkinson, Health & Safety Manager; Beverley Peace, Group Compliance Director; Ed Beck, Managing Director.