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8 May 2017

Healthy Working Lives in Dundee

Healthy Working Lives in Dundee

Robertson Tayside's Dundee-based subcontractors enjoyed a free pop-up event designed to encourage a healthy and productive working environment. SME contractors working on the new Baldragon Academy were invited to attend the Healthy Working Lives (HWL) event on site.

Image: Brian Hodgson from Robertson sub-contractor McGill gets on the smoothie making bike watched by the HWL team, fellow workers and Robertson management (Centre holding sign L to R) John Ritchie, senior project manager; Jane Elder, site support and Robbie Kerr, operations manager, along with Sylvia Mudie from NHS Tayside (holding fruit).

The event was hosted by Robertson and organised by the NHS Tayside Workplace Programme team and Dundee City Council.

Kevin Dickson, Managing Director of Robertson Tayside, said: "As a large business, it's absolutely vital for us to look after the health and wellbeing of not only our own employees, but also those of our SME subcontractors.

"As part of our Community Benefits Programme we hold a bronze HWL Award and are committed to providing a productive, safe workplace with a healthy, positive workforce that feel supported.

"The event was a brilliant way to showcase the resources and support available in the local area to subcontractors assisting work on the new Baldragon Academy as we reach a crucial stage in construction, with work forecast to complete by the end of the year."

As well as several stalls offering expert information, attendees had the chance to try out the Sense Scotland exercise bike, which produces pedal-powered smoothies.

Also in attendance was People Asset Management Occupational Health (PAM OH), who offered confidential lifestyle health checks designed to support workers in adopting healthier lifestyles, delivered as part of Dundee City Council's Community Benefits targets.

Michael Sharp, Clinical Operations Manager (Scotland & Northern Ireland) of PAM OH, said: "PAM OH is happy to support the Healthy and Productive Business event. As a key player in helping to improve health and wellbeing along with our clients across Scotland, we realise the significance of healthy and happy employees and businesses.

"At PAM OH, we understand that by supporting people in the workplace to become more active and healthy, we also help to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community where these employees work and live."

Physiotherapy sessions were provided by Working Health Services, with Discovery Credit Union offering financial advice.

Sylvia Mudie, Health Improvement Adviser, NHS Tayside Workplace Programme, said: "The local NHS Tayside Workplace team is delighted to be working with Dundee City Council and Robertson Tayside as part of their Community Benefit Programme in hosting this event.

"Events such as these are helpful in bringing a range of information and support directly to workers close to their workplace to highlight the importance of health, safety and wellbeing at work.

"Healthy Working Lives provides free tailored support, advice and training. The NHS Tayside Workplace team works with local businesses to achieve improved health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace. This helps increase productivity, reduce sickness absence and employee turnover and promote a safer, healthier working environment."

Robertson Tayside began work on the £25 million Baldragon Academy in early 2016. Due to complete by the end of 2017, the site was awarded Gold at the recent Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Awards, recognition of adhering to the highest industry standards for the site, community, workforce and environment.

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