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HAE EHA launches new hire industry training event to promote wellbeing at work

SHOCKING statistics reveal that male workers in construction have a suicide risk that is three times higher than the average for England and even those in skilled construction jobs also have an increased suicide risk.

To address this unacceptable statistic, Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA), along with their training partner HAE Business Guard, are organising the first of a series of courses aimed to improve the ability of the hire industry to support the mental wellbeing of its workforce.

The two-day training event, which will be delivered by St John Ambulance and is endorsed by Mental Health First Aid England, will take place on 21 and 22 May at the association’s headquarters in Birmingham. The course is available to all members and non-members wishing to promote mental wellbeing in the workplace. This new training programme is designed to raise awareness of common mental health issues that affect the workforce and that can lead to a negative impact on an individual’s wellbeing at work.

The course will give employers practical ways to open up a helpful conversation on this topic and then be able to provide their workers with the care and support they need at the most appropriate time. Ultimately, the aim is to change business cultures so that mental health issues are taken as seriously as other health and safety matters.

Mental health problems in the construction sector are often due to the innate characteristics of the industry; it is a highly mobile industry with lots of casual workers, uncertain contracts, exacting timelines and is quite macho in culture. Often people don’t feel comfortable in raising personal issues and then muddle along until they can cope no longer.

HAE EHA has made it a priority to educate the industry to recognise the signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression before they get out of hand as well as giving businesses the tools and knowledge to assist employees with recovery. Being able to spot the signs of mental illness and offering help and support rather than judgement, should allow employees to thrive at work with the positive and significant knock-on effects that brings to the industry.

HAE EHA’s Commercial Manager, Paul Gaze added: “Our main aim is to raise awareness and help support employers to tackle this issue in an informed and positive manner. We want to help the industry and society in general. Everyone has mental health. Some days it’s good and some days it’s bad. It is just a question of making sure that employers are sensitive to this and can support people in the correct way.

“As an industry, we have a great opportunity to come together and help our workforce now and in the future. If we all work together to address this issue, then some real progress will be made. None of us is as strong as all of us.”

HAE EHA believes in leading by example and has already signed up to the Building Mental Health (BMH) charter to support its own staff by embedding a wellbeing strategy for its workforce and is encouraging members to do the same. Training staff to become mental health first aiders is a way to provide discreet support for individuals and encourages them to achieve a healthy work-life balance to minimise work-related stress levels.

For pricing and further details about the May course and other courses to be rolled out later in the year, contact HAE on 44 (0)121 380 4617 or visit the website www.hae.org.uk/courses

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The Preparation Group awarded Hire Industry Trusted Supplier status

THE Preparation Group, specialists in surface preparation, removal and finishing, has achieved ‘Hire Industry Trusted Supplier’ status or HITS, the hallmark of quality, competence and safety across the UK hire industry.

It is currently one of only two companies to be both HITS accredited for supply to the Plant Hire Sector and be SafeHire certified, for customers hiring equipment direct.

The Hire Association Europe’s Supply Chain Board created HITS as an extra layer of reassurance for businesses purchasing services, that their chosen supply chain partner is fully committed to maintaining the very best practices and that its suitability as a supplier is recognised.

Kate Walshaw, The Preparation Group’s Hire Group Manager, said: "In gaining HITS, we have demonstrated our commitment to a high standard of hire operations and that we deliver across key areas of training, safety, environmental policy, R&D, production processes and data security.

"Hire customers can be assured that we run a professional service when supplying our grinders, planers, shotblasters, STG’s, hand tools and vacuums, with an emphasis on delivering full customer satisfaction.

"Having both HITS and the SafeHire Certification means that we are in a unique position and customers can be doubly assured that we are a reliable partner for hire of surface preparation, removal and finishing equipment and tools."

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Hire Sector Vital Enabler for the Infrastructure Investment Announced by Chancellor

The Hire Association welcomes the additional capital investment in national infrastructure announced by the Chancellor. Hire companies are key enablers of construction, homebuilding and infrastructure works.

Clearly, economic uncertainty and weakening consumer demand, plus growing inflationary pressures are impacting on growth expectations and confidence.

Prioritising infrastructure will help to unlock the potential for building new homes, improve connectivity and address congestion pinch points.

Hire employers were surprised at the lack of mention regarding the Apprenticeship Levy - a highly significant new business tax due to start next April. Many of the details remain unclear.

Graham Arundell, Managing Director, HAE EHA said; “The Chancellor's analysis is very much to invest as a buffer against the uncertain times ahead as we approach exiting the EU. At the same time, the hire sector will be a vital component in realising this investment on the ground, whether building new homes, modernising roads and railways, and widening next generation digital connectivity.”

Leading independent hirer takes over as hire association chairman

 

Andy Martin, Managing Director of Martin Plant Hire, is the new Chairman of HAE EHA, taking over from Adrian Watts from Hirebase. Andy leads a long established independent plant and tool hire business with 12 depots in Scotland.

Speaking about his new role, Andy said; "It is a great privilege to take on the Chairmanship of HAE EHA, working with fellow board members; the wider membership and Graham and his staff team. I want to thank Adrian for his work on behalf of the hire sector and his commitment to help drive change."

He added; "I've been impressed at how HAE EHA is directly supporting members to navigate the future for the hire sector, particularly with the Hire Convention 2015 held in Loughborough this week. I am determined to see a stronger voice for independent hirers within the association and, also HAE EHA to have better information about the sector and what we are contributing as this will strengthen our influencing and awareness activities. All in all, an exciting and full agenda ahead."

Adrian Watts, the immediate past-Chairman, who succeeds Kevin McGuinness as Honorary President, said; "I wish Andy all the best in chairing the HAE EHA Board and working with Graham in speaking up for the hire sector. I am very grateful for the support of members and the association team during my time in office and to Kevin for taking on the role as President over the past four years."

 

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