'In The Dock' - Ringway’s new approach to health and safety
June 7, 2017 / Corporate

'In The Dock' - Ringway’s new approach to health and safety

Teams from Ringway, RMS, Mouchel and Supply Chain Partners took part in an innovative new approach to health and safety awareness training in a session held at the Steam Museum in Swindon last month.

The Duty of Care awareness training ‘In The Dock’ aimed to show how disregarding health and safety could result in loss of life and put employees in court. The session placed all the attendees in a mock courtroom setting, where actors as well as a real judge and barrister took part to give the ‘courtroom' an authentic feel.

 

The training was created in partnership by Road Management Services/Mouchel for whom Ringway manage two contracts in the East Midlands and the Wiltshire/Gloucestershire, the A1(M) Alconbury to Peterborough based at Stilton and the A419/A417 based at Cirencester.

 
The day began with a hard hitting film that had actors playing employees from a company, ‘Europa Highways.’ The film showed everyone from Supervisor to operatives cutting corners and failing to challenge others when needed. As a result, a member of the workforce had a tragic accident and lost his life.

 

The film formed the background to the trial where “Supervisor Dave’ was placed ‘in the dock’ with those attending the training forming the members of the jury. The trial demonstrated graphically the consequences of taking shortcuts and failing to follow safe working practices. 

 

Suzanne Seaman, Business Manager from the East Midlands Ringway team was appointed Jury Foreman and delivered the verdict. Suzanne said: " The training day was a brilliant, hard hitting exercise and laid out just how dangerous cutting corners can be…. The court room set up showed how things play out in reality and how we are all responsible for the health and safety of our teams and ultimately, for the safety of members of the public."

 

The production team have created a training film which incorporates the original footage and the outcome. Initially the film will be rolled out in the East Midlands Division with a view to then sharing it with the entire organisation as part of Ringway’s ongoing programme of comprehensive health and safety awareness training.

 

David Gibby, Ringway Regional Director said: ‘It was a really good day and what struck me was how everyone present was really engaged in the proceedings thoroughout, something that does not happen often with a ‘traditional’ safety briefing or Powerpoint presentation’.

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