The company had reached a high standard in health and safety and was constantly striving to improve standards on site. Nevertheless, worker engagement was identified as an area where improvements could be made. Supervisors promoted good health and safety on site through fortnightly toolbox talks, yet these were not wholly effective in engaging all workers with health and safety matters. There was a need to grow a shared responsibility between workers and managers for decisions about health and safety.
Allgood recognised the need to put health and safety information across in a simple way to prevent workers from “switching off” during toolbox talks and to quickly digest key messages. Taking LWIT’s picture-based scenarios as a starting point, Allgood developed a new programme of toolbox talks, in three stages:
Despite some initial challenges – eg, getting all supervisors to carry out regular toolbox talks, and the use of tablet computers on site to deliver toolbox talks often impractical - attitudes towards health and safety have changed for the better:
The business benefits have been:
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