Mark Jackson of Babcock Marine will share with the conference his own case study about how his team brought together more than 500 staff at all levels to deliver vital safety improvements.
Creating a healthy and safe workplace is not solely the responsibility of management; it’s vital for workers at all levels to get involved.
With accident statistics now levelling out, a major forward push is required, and everyone involved in the materials handling industry has an obligation to their fellow workers to contribute to the process of creating a safer site culture.
Frontline staff have a major role to play in this discussion, as well as the most to gain. Their practical, hands-on experience of real-world operations gives them a deeper understanding of the potential dangers.
It also gives them greater insight into the types of changes and improvements that can be made to improve safety on the ground, in a way that is both cost effective and time efficient.
Reinforcing this key message, Mark Jackson of Babcock Marine, winners of the FLTA Safe Site Award 2013, will share with the conference his own case study about how his team brought together more than 500 staff at all levels to deliver vital safety improvements.
Moving away from the traditional command and control style, Babcock involved all of its fork lift drivers and supervisors in open and honest discussions on the subject of safety to identify the key issues, concerns and areas for improvement.
That lively debate resulted in the introduction of 21 separate safety standards by the firm – developed and agreed by the drivers themselves – empowering more than 550 staff to deliver workable solutions that both achieve compliance and improve safety at their own sites.
Mark’s conference address will reveal the approach his team took, the methods they used and the successes and failures they experienced en route to the Safe Site Award 2013… as well as the work that has been carried on since.
The session will provide a fascinating insight into the process, as well as act as an invaluable template to other companies who wish to offer their staff a more inclusive approach to site safety.
And there has never been a better time to start this process. The FLTA are now accepting nominations for the Safe Site Award 2015, with the winner announced at the FLTA’s Annual Awards for Excellence 2015 on 28th February at the International Centre, Telford.
To find out more about the awards, or submit a nomination, visit the FLTA website’s awards section at fork-truck.org.uk.