Building Engineering partners with the Healthy Tradie Project for National Work Safe Month campaign

With a sincere commitment to placing worker well-being and mental health at the forefront, Building Engineering has launched the second week of its National Work Safe Month campaign with a strong focus on “Working together to protect workers’ mental health.” The company’s initiative has seen them join forces with the Healthy Tradie Project to promote mental health awareness.

This week, the team visited three of Building Engineering’s construction sites to conduct toolbox sessions, addressing three core pillars of movement, mindfulness, and nutrition.

The construction industry, known for its demanding nature, faces a deeply concerning issue – the loss of one worker to suicide every two days. Building Engineering has partnered with the Healthy Tradie Project, which is dedicated to fostering not just robust physical health but also resilient mental well-being.

The Healthy Tradie Project equips employees with invaluable tools for managing and responding to the pressures of the industry, both at work and at home. These resources are vital for constructing a stronger and healthier mindset within the construction sector.

One of the critical aspects of the initiative is encouraging open conversations about mental health. Building Engineering believes that fostering a culture of compassion and understanding on-site is paramount. Being a great mate and having those tough, necessary conversations can make all the difference. The company is determined to normalise discussions about mental health on-site, making it as routine as discussing physical safety.

Throughout October, Building Engineering is dedicating each week to specific safety themes as part of National Safe Work Month. By focusing on mental health this week, we aim to instill the importance of psychological well-being and safety, ensuring it remains a top priority in their daily operations.

It is a collective effort that holds the potential to significantly reduce workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, ultimately making the construction industry a safer place for all its workers.

A variety of support services are available for those seeking assistance. These include:

TIACS: Offering free phone and text counselling services, TIACS provides vital mental health support to Australia’s blue-collar community.

Incolink Bluehats: This initiative operates as a peer-to-peer support network, delivering education, training, and assistance to workers on a site-specific basis.

Beyond Blue: Recognised as one of Australia’s most reputable and frequently visited mental health organisations, Beyond Blue is a trusted resource for individuals seeking support and guidance.

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