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Safety first. Second nature. Think safety at all times Keep your working area clean and tidy Do not take risks If it looks unsafe - STOP THE WORK - and report to a supervisor

Safety communication at Birmingham station refurbishment

New Street station is under redevelopment, and a thousand construction workers and fitters are on site 24 hours a day.

I started my career in the Health and Safety team of a global corporation, involved with quality management and environmental systems. I’ve been on site in hard-hat and high-vis, and I know how quickly people like to get through daily briefings and ‘toolbox talks’. Safety is paramount, and should be on everyone’s minds, not just the Safety Director’s.

Safety first. Second nature.  Think safety at all times Keep your working area clean and tidy Do not take risks If it looks unsafe - STOP THE WORK - and report to a supervisor
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Beyond the safety briefings, work instructions, and toolbox talks that New Street station construction staff are undoubtedly involved in behind the scenes, you can see Atkins and Mace have introduced blatant and public safety reminders.

These ubiquitous bubble wraps protect the finish of columns around the station, important if you consider that the whole station is being revamped without being closed to the public. Work continues around completed areas, and construction work could damage prone items, like columns.

The messaging is clear and matches the caterpillar + butterfly branding of the redevelopment (hence the ‘Second nature’ slogan).

It may be that, like with all oft-repeated messages or posters, some people become ‘blind’ to these messages, but I applaud the use of protective wrap that would otherwise be blank.

Safety first. Second nature.

  • Think safety at all times
  • Keep your working area clean and tidy
  • Do not take risks
  • If it looks unsafe – STOP THE WORK – and report to a supervisor

 

[ Wedge ]

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