More than half of UK construction workers seek better health support
According to a new report released by Westfield Health, 64% of construction workers want better physical and mental wellbeing support in their workplaces.
35% of the questioned employees believe that a segment of National Insurance payments should be used for improving wellbeing, whilst 65% do not think the NHS has enough money for wellbeing.
More than half of the surveyed construction workers, at 52%, argue that the UK government should do more to promote wellbeing.
However, 35% suggest that their employers should do more to support the wellbeing of employees, both physical and mental, with 64% claiming they would use services if they were provided.
The surveyed workers prioritised exercise, at 42%, health check-ups, at 35%, and dental work, at 34%, of services they would like to be offered.
“The total number of UK working days lost to stress, anxiety and depression resulting from long working hours is 12.5million days,” stated David Capper, Commercial Director of Westfield Health.
“Therefore, it makes sense for employers to relieve some of the pressure through wellbeing initiatives.”
“Not only would they be supporting our economy, they’ll make huge cost savings by looking after their staff’s health, with presenteeism now costing businesses up to three times more than absenteeism.”
“From sleep to nutrition and mental health to physical fitness, there are so many elements that contribute to your overall wellness, happiness and healthiness.”
“In particular, mental health conditions are a major issue in the construction industry, leaving workers there in body, but not in mind.”
“When workers’ minds aren’t completely on the job it can potentially lead to costly mistakes and accidents.”
“As business leaders, we need to create a culture where our people’s health and wellbeing is prioritised to drive confidence, capability, inspiration and ultimately prosperity.”
uPVC pipes, safety glasses and Spetz app launched
This week has seen a range of new product and service launches for the construction trade.
Vinyl Pipes has launched uPVC Column Pipes, which extend the life of pipes. Column Pipes with a power lock (patent pending) will not only to raise the safety standards but improve the efficiency of Borewell installations. This Lock system, a by-product of the in-house R&D team, is designed to bear load making the pipes stress-free, torque resistant and perfect for handling high pressure water.
Conscious that using the correct glasses could prevent 90% of jobsite injuries, Milwaukee's expanded range (pictured) features anti-scratch and fog free styles, new lens colours and magnification features, complementing its 'cut resistant' gloves.
Arriving on the UK app scene, Spetz is billed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone "panicked by household flooding or electricity failure," as it unites tradespeople with consumers.
Spetz founder and CEO Yossi Nevo said urgent needs come in all forms and it’s unlikely that any household has tried and trusted tradespeople to match every possibility.
"The Spetz app rapidly connects them with a suitable ‘rescue service’ in as little as 30 seconds and that rapid reassurance is completely free - it’s the tradespeople who pay for these job leads. Those start at around £6 a time, but the tradesperson can then go on to make thousands from our automated system funnelling the best and most appropriate work their way.”
Spetz is now three years old operating in Israel, Australia and is now beginning a full UK rollout, after a ‘soft’ launch.