Sign company Xmo Strata – which specialises in forecourts – has mounted a major health drive among its employees. 

The sign installation and maintenance firm brought work to a standstill for one day while more than 50 employees from across the UK attended a health and safety day near to its Maidstone head office.

The company’s 30-plus site-based installation and maintenance crew members received a comprehensive medical check-up from qualified nurses during the day, advice on health related matters, and practical sessions which included (amongst other things) examinations of prosthetic breasts and testes.

Employees were also challenged by managing director Steve Martin to complete one hundred million steps in the coming 12 months – monitored by FitBit watches issued free to those who took the challenge up.

“Our crews work in environments where safety is critical,” said Martin. “Forecourts contain a mixture of fuel, potentially explosive vapours, electricity, and are exposed to the elements. The crews face speeding vehicles and frequently work at height, have to move heavy items, and operate on construction sites. They also drive long distances. Our desk-bound office staff face different health challenges.

“Our annual health and safety day is normally more focused on safety, so this year we introduced a strong programme designed to improve long-term health – and the response from employees was phenomenal, with nearly all of them taking up our FitBit challenge.”

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