Collen was delighted to welcome Annette Tierney and her team from Theatre at Work to its DAA project to deliver a behavioural safety workshop recently. Inspired by an Irish incident, the case study explored how failings in judgement and failure to uphold a safe system of work can lead to a workplace fatality.
Through live interaction and facilitated discussion, the group explored how factors line up, behaviours merge and signals are missed leading to tragic consequences for a hard-working family man whose ‘death has cast a shadow over the company forever’. Risk awareness, culture, procedures and responsibility were among the key themes discussed.
Collen’s expectations for those attending the workshop were that they would:
• Develop greater appreciation of the perceptions, attitudes, choices and behaviours that contribute to a culture of safety
• Gain insights into the influence of pressure and human factors on judgement and safe practices
• Examine your own role in creating and maintaining a safe culture in your workplace, including Covid-19 compliance.
Denise Maguire Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine