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Stand Down for Safety

Stand Down for Safety

Construction workers kicked off Construction Safety Week 2017 with a nationwide #standdownforsafety with the help of Baz Ashmawy and mammy, Nancy

Construction work across Ireland came to a momentary standstill at midday on Monday 23 October, to mark the beginning of Construction Safety Week 2017

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF)  encouraged all construction workers and companies of all sizes to take part in the national #StandDownForSafety who responded by sharing images of the event across social media to raise awareness of the importance of health and safety on and off-site.

Broadcaster Baz Ashmawy of Emmy award-winning TV show 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy and his mother Nancy, featured in  a series of Construction Safety Week videos, which aired on CIF social media channels throughout the week.

Reflect and refocus safety efforts

Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF said:“Construction Safety Week allows us to reflect and refocus our efforts on improving health and safety within our industry. The very nature of construction work means that the potential for an accident is always present. Thankfully, our industry has responded to this over the last number of years by placing a major emphasis on safety training and effective safety management procedures. Safety is something that our industry takes very seriously and this week is about celebrating those efforts while keeping an eye on potential future risks.”


On Monday, 23 October, work on construction sites across Ireland came to a standstill for one moment as thousands of construction workers stopped to reflect on the importance of on and off-site safety, health and wellbeing.

Construction Safety Week 2017 took place from Monday 23 to Friday 27 October, with construction companies across the country running hundreds of activities in offices and on sites throughout the five days, focusing on the following daily themes:

Daily Themes

  • Monday 23 October – Working at Height
  • Tuesday 24 October – Plant and Machinery
  • Wednesday 25 October – Dust
  • Thursday 26 October – Mental Health
  • Friday 27 October – Driving for Work