For many tradespeople, falling sick simply doesn’t feel like an option.
Being self-employed means there’s no one there to cover the cost of taking a day off to recover, and a longer-term illness can be hugely damaging to a tradesman’s business, as well as their health.
It’s a sad coincidence, then, that many illnesses come as a result of working in construction. Each year, there are more than 69,000 new cases of work-related illnesses that can be attributed to working in the construction industry, while over 45% of occupational cancer cases in the UK can be directly attributed to working in the trade. As well as this, there are on average 40 fatalities on building sites each year, leaving devastated families across the country.
Thankfully, The Lighthouse Club Charity is there to step in when things get tough for tradesmen. As well as providing welfare and wellbeing advice to those working in construction, it also provides emotional and legal support, and even financial assistance to those most in need. In times of crisis, they can help, with a 24 hour hotline that can also support tradesmen struggling with issues of debt, stress or addiction. They can also give advice on health, benefits and career changes.
At MyBuilder, we pride ourselves on promoting the best tradespeople and their work, helping their businesses grow and prosper. That’s why we’re supporting the Lighthouse Club Charity, kicking off with the Brainy Builders Pub Quiz next week, Thursday 16th in Clapham, London. (Too far away? Let us know if you would like a MyBuilder Pub Quiz, in your area!)
If you aren't able to make it to the meet up next week, but would like to make a donation to the Lighthouse Club, you can also do this via the Eventbrite page.
Find out how The Lighthouse Club helps people in the construction industry and their families in this video: