New Coaching for safety dates

“An excellent course, well delivered and provoking a great deal of thought. I hope to adopt the coaching principles into the work I perform as a health and safety manager and into the training I deliver. I particularly enjoyed the challenging nature of the course and the practical sessions and I would definitely recommend the course to others. Thank you, I enjoyed it all.”Robin Smith, Health and Safety Risk Manager, North Yorkshire County Council I’m delighted that I’ll be delivering an IOSH Approved Coaching for safety course on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th September in conjunction with Genesys at their training facility in the Warrington area. Places are limited and are booking quickly so to avoid disappointment please call the Genesys team on 01925 818088 now. This is a 2-day, highly interactive course designed to help practitioners be the best they can be at working with managers and others with a view to achieving the best that can be achieved for their organisations. For more information about the course please download an information sheet here For more information about the services Genesys Training offer please click here or call on 01925 818088 to speak with one of their training...

Perfectly safe

I hunted down this headline from the Rossendale Free Press for a presentation I’m preparing for the Yorkshire IOSH Branch. It concerns the tragic death of 25-year old George Kenyon who was dragged into the blades of a plastic crumbing machine at David Holt Plastics Limited in Haslingden, Rossendale on 24 May 1988. The case featured in a nationwide television current affairs programme – Panorama or World in Action – shortly after it came to court in December 1989. The programme was concerned with the appalling state of health and safety management and the lack of justice in the case of workplace accidents. Readers will know that the period saw several high-profile disasters – the King’s Cross fire (1987), the Herald of Free Enterprise (1987) the Clapham rail crash (1988), Piper Alpha (1988), Hillsborough (1989) – none of which resulted in successful prosecutions. I requested a copy of the HSE report into the death of George Kenyon to confirm my recollections of the case which were that a Prohibition Notice – issued by a HSE Inspector because a safety interlock had been over-ridden so that more plastic could be shredded more quickly – had been ignored. Director Norman Holt was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 12-months imprisonment suspended for 2-years. Fellow Director David Holt’s plea of not guilty to manslaughter was accepted by the prosecution. He was, however, prosecuted and convicted for the offence of operating a machine after a prohibition notice had been served. The company and the two directors received fines totalling £47,000. Having been familiar with the case for a number of years, the...

SHP Feature article

In February I was commissioned by the SHP – a leading safety journal – to write an article about the increasing awareness amongst safety professionals of the importance of coaching skills. At about the same time, I had the pleasure of having lunch with Mike Buttolph who, in March and April 1999, wrote an extended article for The Safety & Health Practitioner – as it was then called – which promoted the use of coaching and mentoring skills by safety practitioners. Those whose careers in health and safety date back that far may remember that back then, the profession seemed obsessed about the status of practitioners in the workplace and why it was they seemed to rank lower than other specialists. Mike argued that it was essentially about effectiveness and that the modus operandi of some practitioners undermined the work they did. It seemed obvious that I should take the opportunity of writing for the SHP to consider to what degree – if any – things have changed since Mike’s seminal piece of work and to what extent – if any – the profession has taken on board his message. My editorial has been published in the May 2013 edition of the SHP which slaps onto doormats this week. Please read the full...