Stamp it Out, the industry wide campaign which aims to eliminate Roadworker abuse has produced a poster aimed at driving the message throughout organisations, including to operatives carrying out works.
Containing a QR code which, when scanned redirects the individual to the official parliamentary petition, the poster is available to download with the aim of it being displayed in crew and mess rooms across the sector as well as offices and other areas where traditional communication channels would not reach.
The petition needs 100,000 signatures to force the Government to debate the issue of reclassifying our highways workers alongside doctors and nurses, thus offering the same levels of protection as key workers, with the eventual desire being to effect a change in the members bill around punishments for abuse of key workers.
Led by Kari Sprostanova, Heath and Safety Director of Balfour gBeatty UKCS and Rachel Heaps Busines Management Systems Manager at Tarmac, the Taskforce also includes David Campbell, HSEQ Director of Eurovia Ringway, James Birch, Managing Director of Kier Highways – Local Authority, Joe Docherty, HSEQ Director of Amey Transportation and Dave Foster, SHEQ Director of Carnell.
Speaking about the launch of the poster, Kevin Robinson, CEO of Safer Highways, one of the organisations supporting the programme said, Abuse of those who work on our Highways has been a long standing issue – which for those men and women we put to work is ‘just part of the job’. Well it isn’t. It is thoroughly unacceptable and that’s why we want to give them a voice to speak out and finally say no to this continued issue. Many of these people, whilst on corporate mailing lists only pay passing reference to emails and messages through mediums such as Yammer.
“By producing a poster which can be printed and displayed in tea rooms across the country, we want to take our campaign to our men and women who carry out the work and show them that we are fighting their corner and give them the opportunity to stand with us on this vital subject. Now, the Stamp It Out collective implores all organisations to drive this right to the heart of each organisation by printing and displaying this poster in ever tea room, canteen and welfare vehicle across the length and breadth of the network. Only that way can we get the number of signatures we need and truly affect change,” he added.
The Stamp It Out collective now calls on our industry to do is to print the poster using the link and embed this as something which we, as an industry work collectively to effect real change in.