Welcome to May’s Newsletter!
This month has been a fun one with lots of bank holidays and celebrations and the sun finally showing us a glimpse of summer. At MAD4TOOLS, we announced our incredible Father’s Day giveaway with Stanley and Scruffs prizes (read on to find out how to enter)!
In this month’s newsletter we highlight two crucial campaigns addressing issues faced by construction workers. Read on to learn about the impactful efforts made to address mental health and the importance of sun safety for workers.
International Mental Health Awareness Week (15th-21st May 2023) was celebrated this month, with numerous businesses, charities, and individuals sharing their stories and running campaigns. One particularly notable campaign was conducted by IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect.
These two companies joined forces to bring attention to the mental health crisis within the construction industry. They collaborated on an art installation featuring 687 high-visibility vests, each representing a construction worker who tragically lost their life to suicide between 2019 and 2021. This impactful display was exhibited at a Galliford Try building site in central London.
Tradespeople account for 15% of suicides across all industries in the UK, surpassing any other occupation. Shockingly, two construction workers take their own lives every single working day in the UK. A variety of pressures, such as long working hours, stringent contracts, and time away from family, have contributed to a significant number of workers struggling with mental health issues. The presence of a “macho” culture within the industry further hinders men from speaking out. This campaign serves as an important platform to shed light on the profound real-life effects of mental health within the construction sector, evoking both heart-wrenching emotions and a sense of purpose.
Read the full article HERE.
As the sun starts to make its appearance this month, we all find ourselves getting excited for summer. The abundance of bank holidays provides us with valuable time to bask in the sun’s warmth with loved ones and enjoy our gardens, whether that involves hosting BBQs or tending to plants. However, amidst the anticipation of summer, it is crucial to acknowledge that many individuals, particularly tradespeople, face an increased risk of sun-related skin damage.
Surprisingly, 86% of skin cancer cases could be prevented by practicing sun safety measures. Construction workers, in particular, are more vulnerable due to prolonged exposure to harmful UV radiation. In collaboration with Melanoma UK, We Build The Future, a construction-based charity, has launched an innovative and interactive campaign to raise awareness among construction workers. They have developed information boards to be placed at construction sites, featuring an interchangeable sign that site managers can update daily to reflect the UV risk level. The boards also provide guidance on essential measures to shield oneself from the sun.
It is crucial for everyone to follow these guidelines to safeguard their skin:
– Cover Up: Wear long trousers, sleeved tops, hats, and sunglasses. UV-blocking clothes work really well!
– Use Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 to all exposed areas of the body
– Seek Shade: Whenever possible, work in shaded areas, especially during the sun’s peak hours
– Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to maintain hydration levels
By adhering to these practices, we can minimize the risks associated with sun exposure, protecting our skin and promoting a safe and enjoyable summer for all.
Read the full article HERE.
Don’t miss out on our incredible giveaway!
We’re giving you the chance to win a wonderful bundle for Father’s Day. This bundle includes:
1 new Stanley toolkit
1 new Scruffs outfit
Giveaway ends 9th June 2023. Head over to our Instagram post to participate or click HERE to enter our giveaway and equip yourself with top-quality workwear and tools!
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TIPS & TRICKS
Did you know that May is Building Safety Month?
Modern and up-to-date regulations and building codes are important to protect individuals, families and businesses safety against disasters such as fires, structural collapse and weather-related events.
Safety starts with the those who lay the foundations, which is why we created a list of some of our best workwear to keep tradespeople safe on site.
Click HERE to read our protective workwear blog!
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