Well, another two years have passed by rather quickly, so yet again it was time for the Team here to refresh our SiteSafe Passports, with Dave McBeth and Ricky Shalders from SiteSafe.
We really enjoy this course as we have built up a rapport with Dave McBeth and we have lots of fun and also learning at the same time.
Some of the ‘take-home’ messages were:
- People respond better to positivity, not negativity
- The best way to discuss unsafe acts or health and safety problems is to use open-ended questions
- “Is this safe?”
- “Do you know what can happen to you working like this?”
- “What are our safe working procedures?”
- “How could the job be done safely?”
- “What can I do to help?”
- What is the best way to recognise good performance?
- Just say “thanks, well done, keep it up”
- If you see something good – recognise it!
- “No one tells me when I’ve done well” – let’s start doing this more!
As a part of H&S, we always need to be looking for better ways of doing things to make it safer – here is a couple of ideas that came out of the day, what are your thoughts?
- Water main hydrant – for new subdivisions etc consider moving the hydrant from the centre of the road to near the berm where it would be safer for the operators……… This would need to be a District Plan Review or Code of Practice discussion.
- Are there more incidents of children being hurt or dying by reversing vehicles on driveways? Now with smaller properties with little or no lawn for children to play on, they, therefore, play in the driveway………
We would love to hear your feedback
Don’t expect change if you’re not prepared to be part of it!
Always take the safe fork in the road,
for you, your family and your mates!
(source: SiteSafe NZ)