HITACHI BACK WINSLOW’S ‘BIG BLUE’ INITIATIVE
Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia (HCA) have supported leading civil construction company Winslow Constructors, as together they take the bold step to raise awareness of high rates of mental health conditions within the construction industry by painting a Hitachi ZX360 excavator blue to support mental health organisation beyondblue.
HCA were keen to be involved in Winslow’s bold idea from the outset, by contributing to the cost of painting the excavator blue, and in addition, they are generously matching Winslow’s own donation to beyondblue of $5,000, to support the awareness campaign.
Rohan Davidson, Winslow Executive General Manager, commented:
“Mental health issues are prominent within the construction industry so as a company that cares for our workforce and our industry, we are determined to make a difference. It is no surprise that Hitachi wanted to get on board with ‘Big Blue’, and were very supportive of us painting their machine, and creating an eye-catching ‘message’. In the field, the machine will encourage people who are struggling to reach out and seek support from workmates, family and friends. We thank them immensely for their support.”
The Hitachi excavator ‘Big Blue’ was unveiled at Winslow’s Rathdowne by Villawood site (Wollert) on Tuesday 15 May 2018 and has since been seen working around Melbourne’s northern suburbs – keeping mental health at the front of Winslow workers’ minds and encouraging people to talk about the matter and reach out for help if needed.
Said Mark Lindner, Hitachi Branch Manager – Victoria (Dandenong, Somerton & Albury): “Having been approached by Winslow, we felt this was a fantastic and innovative way to help ‘start the conversation’ about mental health, and we wanted to play a full part in making a positive impact in this industry. As a company we are strong supporters of beyondblue and as a business we always strive to strengthen our care for our workforce and that of our partners, and this is just another example of that. ‘Safety at work’ means mental safety, too.”
Mr Davidson added: “It's fantastic that Hitachi were quick to partner with us. It is support like this that help’s to make the ideas become reality! I would urge anyone who is interested to contact me.” Further information on the campaign and support programs for families and staff can be found at winslow.com.au/bigblue