Posted on 07/06/18

Safety by Choice – A Safety Summit

The next step in our journey to health & safety excellence.

On the morning of the 5th June, the Walker Construction Safety Champions gathered to discuss; our behavioural safety journey, the progress we have made and how we can improve.

Walker Construction Safety Champions, undertake the role on a voluntary basis, alongside their primary role within the company. The key elements of the Safety Champion function include: being an ambassador of safety culture, actively reviewing sites, providing timely and accurate safety observations, providing assistance, enhancing communications, encouraging and engaging stakeholders in our safety values, reducing unsafe acts and disseminating companywide messages.

As you can see, the role of the Safety Champion is wide and varied, and when done well, it has the potential to make a significant difference to our safety performance, and that of our communities.

The intention of the Safety Champion summit was to discuss the next phase of our journey, to transcend from pockets of excellence, to becoming an entirely immersed industry leading, innovator in our approach to health and safety.

Walker Construction has conducted annual Safety Climate Surveys across the 5 years of the behavioural safety campaign - ‘Safety by Choice’. The 2017 survey identified that Walker Construction were performing at, or above, the industry benchmark in 7 of the 8 focus areas. This phenomenal result is a real testament to our workforce across the board.

The summit provided an opportunity for site members, from Labourer to Supervisor, to interact and communicate their suggestions to Senior Management and the Board of Directors. The much anticipated event celebrated past successes, everyday heroes and devised a plan to improve and develop the company’s commitment to safety.

The passion and hunger to deliver a better and brighter future, really shone through from all facets of the business. Evidencing their commitment, the Champions have pledged to their next challenge of educating and coaching our stakeholders, in a bid to spread the ‘safe by choice’ attitude.