WJ’s safety training seminars were structured to the challenge the entire workforce to ‘think exceptional’ about their own safety, their colleague’s safety and the safety of vulnerable road users; in fact to consider anyone whom their actions may impact upon.
The government’s strategic roads plan has provided the highways industry with an opportunity to upgrade our highway network and the WJ training highlighted the fact that safety is fundamental to sustainable delivery of this major investment.
The inherent industry health, safety & environmental considerations, risks and challenges are numerous and with responsibility for more than 120 operational LGV vehicles and in excess of 300 staff nationally WJ are especially mindful to effectively manage these risks.
“We are passionate about our business and the well-being of our workforce as well as others and it’s why we have safety embedded into our culture as a core value.” states Wayne Johnston WJ Group Managing Director.
Aligned with the objectives from the Highways Agency, Main Contractors and Local Authorities, knowing safety improvements will not happen automatically WJ have been driving the process by proactively addressing various aspects of safety.
Innovations with enhanced standards of personal protective equipment (PPE), materials research and engineering improvements to design out risks within the WJ specialist road marking truck builds are all integral parts of ongoing initiatives within a robust health safety & environmental culture.
The recent consolidation of all group businesses under one single identity and launch of the new WJ brand provided the ideal opportunity to reinforce the company’s behavioural safety culture.
To inspire new thinking the training seminars were facilitated by Professor Damian Hughes, a change management psychologist who helped WJ think differently about their environment and activity with behavioural safety improvements in mind.
Professor Hughes has a background working with hugely successful people and diverse organisations from Virgin and Unilever to Manchester United and the French National Rugby Team and certainly knows how to deliver a thought provoking view.
Stimulated with new confidence the underlying message and challenge that WJ have embarked upon is to ‘Think Exceptional’ but then again how could any organisation justify not thinking exceptional about safety?