Keith Schleiger AKA the Blockinator helped launch of new DATS and MATES in Construction Partnership

A brand new partnership between DATS renovation and MATES in Construction was launched yesterday at the ICON Mascot site in Sydney. One hundred site workers participated in a General Awareness Training session as part of the launch.

The Block TV star and DATS Ambassador Keith Schleiger, aka the Blockinator, said that he was delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile cause.

“Before fronting the camera, my past life was on construction and building sites and I know first-hand the pressures faced by construction workers – loneliness, long working hours, job and pay insecurity, incidence intimidation and bullying of younger workers,” Keith Schleiger said.

“Every two days in Australia, a construction worker takes his own life and suicide kills more men than workplace and road accidents combined, so we urgently need to start addressing this issue and it’s great to see MATES and DATS partnering together on this.

“As blokes we deal with these things differently to women and this is a program about mates helping mates.

“If we are to start seriously addressing the severe rate of suicide in the construction industry, men on worksites need to be prepared to use the ‘F-word’ – feelings.

MIC CEO, Jorgen Gullestrup stated that the partnership with DATS will help bring the suicide prevention message to new construction sites – large and small – across Australia. The partnership will see DATS bins on construction sites in Sydney branded with the MIC logo – a constant reminder to construction workers that support is all around them.

“The brand partnership with MATES in Construction demonstrates DATS commitment to corporate social responsibility – together we can save lives in the construction industry,” Mr Gullestrup said.

“We hope that this partnership is a strong way for companies like DATS to demonstrate their commitment to mental wellbeing in the workplace.

“Our field staff can’t be on every site all the time, but having a DATS bin with our logo is a great way of spreading the message and reminding construction workers that help is available if they are going through a tough time.

“Together we will be playing our part in trying to stop 50 preventable deaths from suicide in the NSW construction industry each year. This is a big problem but if everyone in the industry takes a stance, then we will save lives.

Managing Director of DATS, Scott Crosweller is very excited to be a brand partner with MATES in Construction.

“Sustainability is at the core of DATS values. To DATS, sustainability is not just about the environment, it is about the mental health and wellbeing of an organisation and its people,” Mr Crosweller said. “I became aware of the suicide statistics in the construction industry and felt obliged to reach out to MATES In Construction after hearing about the fantastic work they do.

“We started the association with MIC via a series of videos fronted by Keith and they highlighted the disturbing incidence of suicide in the industry, as well as spreading awareness of the unique programs run by MIC.

“We want to bring the MATES programs to the attention of everyone in the industry.

The brand partnership is a three year agreement and will mean that MATES in Construction and DATS will work together to raise the profile of the organisation and awareness of suicide prevention in the construction industry.

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