Health and Safety Impact Video – Bryan’s Story

Document type: Good Practice Document
Author: Crossrail Ltd
Publication Date: 13/03/2018

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  • Abstract

    When we are at work, there are many things that can distract us; concerns about home, situations with family and friends, other challenges in our lives. Sometime these circumstances can make us lose focus on the task at hand.
    In the film Bryan is confronted by this situation, he has to make a decision; take a shortcut or do the right thing. He worries what the consequences will be.Such choices can be hard but the underlying message is that even if it might delay the work, stop, think and make the right choice.

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    Bryan’s Story

    What is the Situation?

    When we are at work, there are many things that can distract us; concerns about home, situations with family and friends, other challenges in our lives. Sometimes these circumstances can make us lose focus on the task at hand.

    We all want to do our jobs well and we want to be helpful, making things easy for others. We don’t want to be the person who makes things harder for our colleagues. Sometimes it is tempting to take a risk to keep people happy, maybe we have done it before and there has not been an adverse effect.

    In the film Bryan is confronted by this situation, he has to make a decision; take a shortcut or do the right thing? He worries he will be shouted at if he “fesses up”, he has taken shortcuts before and nothing happened, well only one near miss, it won’t take long to go back for his bag… However, if he does not take that risk, the job will be delayed. Such choices can be hard.

    What is Bryan thinking?

    While Bryan is weighing up taking a risk, he also thinks about his family and the impact that an accident would have on them; he thinks of his workmates and the effect on them. He realises he must do the difficult thing and take responsibility for his mistake. He realises that putting himself at risk isn’t worth it.

    Discussion Points

    Why do people sometimes take a risk ?
    How would an accident impact your life and family?
    What should you do when you are unsure of what choice to make?

    Possible Discussion Questions

    Q: We know what we are doing, we assess the risks, don’t we ?
    A: Of course we measure the risks, but sometimes we get this wrong and we have to ask ourselves why? We should always work safely. Stop and look at the situation, see how it can be improved, and if things need to be done differently, don’t be afraid to speak up – get your colleagues and supervisor’s support. If it does not look/feel right, don’t do it.

    Q: If I keep interrupting works because of safety, won’t I be seen as trouble?
    A: No, you will be seen as someone who is taking safety seriously and someone who wants to return home unharmed at the end of their working day. Be positive in explaining the problem, and how it can be solved. Own up if you have made a mistake, learn from it, and don’t be embarrassed.

    Q: When the pressure is on, we can’t keep delaying the works because of safety?
    A: Well we know there can be pressure to get the work done, and deadlines can be important, but your safety is more important. And just think how much time is lost when an accident occurs.

    If you have any feedback or wish to share how you have

    successfully utilised this video please email:

    targetzero@crossrail.co.uk

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