Infrastructure Leadership Forum opens in Washington
Today sees the start of the 7th North American Infrastructure Leadership Forum. More than 400 executives are gathering at the Capital Hilton, in Washington, DC to discuss the 2015 Strategic Top 100 North American infrastructure projects. Total project value of the list is $376 billion. Download the list today.
The North American Forum is a dynamic 2.5 day event, focused on infrastructure development in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, while facilitating business and promoting projects across the region.
The Forum will be addressed tomorrow, Tuesday, by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who commented: "Infrastructure is the backbone of U.S. economic growth and the North American Infrastructure Leadership Forum focuses a crucial spotlight on our nation's most strategic infrastructure projects, those critical to growth, competitiveness, and opportunity creation," Watch the video for some participants’ assessments and Vice President Joe Biden’s comments made at the last North American Forum.
Key features of the Leadership Forum include:
- Project Presentations: Rapid project presentations of priority projects, allowing developers to make targeted presentations focused on their needs and business opportunities.
- Private Meetings: Pre-scheduled private meetings system allows registrants to pre-schedule up to 10 meetings with project sponsors and Forum speakers, for the second day of the Forum.
- Workshops and Roundtables: Thought leader discussions and debates on critical issues, fundamental for thinking about and building great infrastructure.
- Community Building: Receptions, Special Breakfasts, and especially GlobalViP encourage strong relationships with project developers and sponsors, and experts throughout the global infrastructure community.
With its unique structure and focus on intelligent business development, the North American Leadership Forum offers a unique opportunity to survey the landscape in North America, while building networks and relationships with the leaders of the Strategic Top 100 projects in the region.
Construction workers urged to down tools for mental health
The construction industry is being encouraged to stop all work for one hour to focus on the importance of physical and mental health. The plea is part of the ‘Stop. Make a Change.’ (SMAC) campaign which is asking construction organisations across the country t spend an hour thinking about physical health conditions, such as respiratory health, work-related stress, as well as mental health conditions including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, OCD, and bipolar disorder.
This year, the campaign, which takes place from 11 to 22 October, will focus on individual workers, placing particular emphasis on how they have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition to encouraging workers to consider their health, safety, and wellbeing, they will also be asked how those areas can be improved
Andy Mitchell, co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council, said: “Our industry workforce is crucial to all of our future successes. We recognise the heroic efforts these workers have undertaken during the pandemic, and want to make sure that, as the industry hopefully emerges from COVID-19, we continue to look after everyone’s health, safety and wellbeing.”
Around 200,000 people took part in the campaign in 2019, which has been running since 2017. SMAC’s website also offers conversation starter kits to help encourage people to talk about their emotions and wellbeing, making it as natural as possible.
Suicide rates in the construction industry are increasing
A study by Glasgow Caledonian University found suicide rates among construction workers had risen to 29 per 100,000 in 2019 from 25 in 2015. Suicide rates among labourers increased by more than 50% from 48 per 100,000 in 2015 to 73 per 100,000 in 2019. However, the rate in non-construction-related industries has fallen, with just under five people per 100,000 taking their own lives in 2019 in comparison to 7 people in 2015.
If you work in the construction industry and need help, The Lighthouse charity provides free 24-hour, seven-days-a-week emotional and wellbeing support for those in the industry through its helpline available on 0345 605 1956 in the UK, or 1800 939 122 in the Republic of Ireland.
Lighthouse also has a free app where workers can access information that can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.