Employees at Jones Bros are being given support and assistance to quit smoking as part of a drive to improve the health of their workforce.
The civil engineering company has signed up to the Stoptober campaign, an NHS initiative to give smokers advice and encouragement to help stub out the habit.
The campaign is the first event in a new initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of all Jones Bros employees.
Stoptober encourages participants to stop smoking for 28 days, and a toolbox talk giving vital information on the campaign has been delivered to every member of Jones Bros employees across all of its projects across the UK.
Dave Gibson, health, safety, environment, quality and training manager at Jones Bros, said: “Part of what we’re doing is to really look at the health and wellbeing of our employees and help them to make healthy decisions in the future.
“This is the first in a series of initiatives we have planned, so we’ll also be looking at things like diet and drugs and alcohol awareness, as well as the more usual occupational health issues such as harmful noise, dust and vibration from operating machinery.
“We’re really conscious of ensuring we have a healthy workforce, and lifestyle and occupational health is something that’s really in focus in the construction industry at the moment.
More than 210,000 people across the UK have signed up to take part in Stoptober, which states that smokers are five times more likely to quit if they stop smoking for 28 consecutive days.
As well as delivering the toolbox talk at all Jones Bros premises and worksites, campaign posters and further information will be distributed throughout the workforce.
Stopping smoking saves the average smoker £150 per month, and cuts their changes of having a heart attack or lung cancer by half.
Research also shows that it is four times easier to stop smoking as part of a supportive group as opposed to trying to do it alone.