Health and Safety Impact Videos

The Crossrail Health and Safety team has produced six short films designed to encourage a focus on some of the health impacts and safety risks that construction workers face.

The films underline the importance of safety and health during construction and fit-out of the new railway and can be used by construction companies, whether large or small.

Each film uses a different fictional scenario to depict realistic situations, which could happen, when basic health and safety controls are not followed. Designed for impact and to leave a lasting memory, the films encourage safe and responsible behaviour focusing on mental health, exposure to dust, hot works, working at height, working near electricity and machinery. They illustrate situations which can be used as part of a highly focused approach or for more general campaigns.

Martin Brown, Crossrail Health and Safety Director, said: “Safety is Crossrail’s number one value. We believe that everyone has the right to go home safe and unharmed, every day. These films have been made to have a high impact on those watching them. We have made them for workers at Crossrail, but want to make them freely available to all, so we can help to raise the bar for health and safety across the whole of the UK construction industry.”

Steve Jones, Laing O’Rourke’s Operations Director for Crossrail Projects, said: “These short films are an excellent vehicle to frame discussions with the workforce. It is important to maintain high levels of engagement as we look to continuously deliver safer outcomes for all involved in construction.”

Impact Videos:

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Health and Safety Impact Video – Gary’s Story

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Mental health is an area that has significant stigma associated with it. One in four people suffer with mental health issues in any given year and the suicide rate in the construction industry greatly exceeds that in wider society. The film illustrates how people you see every day can be suffering in silence, how it’...

14/10/2016 Good Practice Document

Health and Safety Impact Video – Jenny’s Story

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This film highlights the fact that the unseen health impact of day to day dust exposure can, in the long run, be much more serious and debilitating than the more obvious health and safety failures. It explores how easy it is to dismiss them at the time and how, by the time the impact is felt it’s too late to do anyth...

14/10/2016 Good Practice Document

Health and Safety Impact Video – John’s Story

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The film uses the term ‘experience may tell you’ to illustrate how easy it is to convince yourself that small breaches of rules won’t lead to you being injured. In the film, you can see two individuals, doing things wrong and each time, they are put right without anyone being harmed. However, John is not so lucky...

14/10/2016 Good Practice Document

Health and Safety Impact Video – Barry’s Story

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The premise of this film is that you are responsible for your own health and safety. If you take dangerous short cuts, you may as well be hurting yourself. Barry is in the end pushing himself off the platform by his own actions

14/10/2016 Good Practice Document

Health and Safety Impact Video – Zoey’s Story

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The focus of this film is the importance of following permit systems and relying on competent people, especially when working with electrical systems. In his desire to be helpful and show initiative, the new starter (Peter) decides that, rather than waiting for Colin in the plant room to put in place the correct isolat...

14/10/2016 Good Practice Document

Health and Safety Impact Video – Steve’s Story

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Hot works are well understood as a risk and are normally controlled with a permit process. In this film, a number of unconnected failures occur simultaneously, resulting in rapid escalation and fatal consequences. One of those failures related to something as simple as keeping the working area clean and tidy. If it h...

14/10/2016 Good Practice Document