This year’s Safety Forum was held at our head office in Cradley Heath, on 14/15 June and was attended by 40 branch & contracts managers and 49 sub-contractors.

Both days started with an introduction by our Managing Director, Dave Maginnis, followed by our guest speaker, Steve Lewis from Mace.

We then split into two groups.

In our dedicated training room, our safety advisors Bert Bruff, Shona MacMillan and Gary Wills covered topics including Accident Reporting, RAMS & Rescue Plans, Improve through Situational Awareness with daily safe starts and safe finishes and SLAM (Stop, Look, Assess, Manage).

The second group went into our stores where an allocated area was set up to cover near miss re-enactment and how to communicate effectively with people. This was an interactive session and was embraced wholeheartedly by all.

The day ended with a Q&A session with all of our Directors.

Feedback from both employees and sub-contractors was extremely positive with comments such as:

  • First class as per usual
  • Excellent and informative
  • Gave me confidence to speak to managers about unsafe conditions
  • Excellent event
  • Actors/interaction excellent
  • My first meeting, but hopefully not the last
  • Very helpful
  • Role playing scenarios very good, thought provoking

Pictures from the two days, (scroll down for videos)

Introduction by Dave Maginnis

Presentation by Steve Lewis from Mace

Shona presenting and Gary assisting

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Interactive sessions

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Near miss re-enactment


Communicate effectively with people

Interactive session feedback