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Mental Health in Construction – Safety Stories | Structure Tone
The top construction companies know that managing health and safety are not only physical. Read our Safety Stories on the steps we are taking to champion mental health.
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Safety Stories - Mental Health
Construction Safety Story May

Safety Story from Structure Tone London’s Responsible Business Team:

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the lives of all of us at a time when wellbeing and mental illness has emerged as one of construction’s biggest health and safety concerns. While we are separated physically, our Responsible Business Team here in the London office wanted to find a way to support our team’s mental health during these unprecedented times. Together, we coordinated the office’s first wellbeing and mental health webinar hosted by psychotherapist and author of “Languages of Loss,” Sasha Bates. Sasha has been known to speak about grief being inevitable and the importance of not trying to manage it alone. She usually speaks about grief, the importance of support, and approaches to dealing with depression. The session took the form of a short seminar that described what people were feeling and why, which was followed by a group discussion that empowered our people to share their own experiences.

While this was a first for the London office, it proved to be a great outlet for our entire team. Connecting with others and talking with people you trust about how you’re feeling is one of the top ways to cope with stress. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the world, it’s so important that we keep checking in with one another as we all adjust to these everchanging circumstances.

October Safety Story

Safety Story from a Structure Tone Boston superintendent: 

Earlier this year, I was starting a new job and set the shift from 6:00pm to 2:00am, Monday through Friday. I chose these days because it suited my schedule, but I was getting some pushback from the trades. One of the workers said he held his family nights on Fridays, and another told me he had his young daughter on Fridays. My night workers were also then eliminated from premium work on Saturday. Despite the discontent amongst the crew, the workers were resigned to it and begrudgingly would have worked the shift.

That same week, our office held Safety360°Go to training here in Boston. One of the executives presenting told a story related to mental health, and it got me thinking about how I can maintain the mental wellbeing of the workers on my jobs. I decided to shift the schedule back a day, so the laborers could work the same times Sunday through Thursday and have their Friday evenings to themselves. Once the schedule was changed, there was a noticeable attitude shift on site.

It just goes to show how important it is to pay attention and listen to the needs of those around you. Issues that might seem trivial to you could be making a huge impact—positive or negative—in other people’s lives.