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Safety Matters Magazine

Safety Matters Winter 18/19

Safety Matters Winter 18/19

Welcome to the winter 18/19 edition of Safety Matters, the dedicated health and safety magazine from Morson and Vital.
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I speak about the loss of one of our rail workers, Dritan Qema, who lost his life in an incident on site in early November 2018. During this difficult time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we are closely supporting Dritan’s partner and young son to ensure they are taken care of, including providing financial support.

A full investigation is ongoing following this tragedy but I want to express how moved I have been in how our entire workforce, partners and competitors come together in difficult times to support one another and stand united shoulder to shoulder. Incidents like this show just how dangerous our jobs can be and I want to remind everyone to be extra vigilant when carrying out their duties, regardless of how routine they may seem. This is a sombre time for our entire workforce and I want to say thank you to all our team, especially those within Vital Human Resources and on site who have been affected by this tragedy.

Safety is at the heart of everything we do. It was very encouraging to see that there were more than 1,100 close calls raised by VHRL workers in 2018, which helped improve the overall safety of the infrastructure. This has coincided with the launch of the HSE
Ambassador Programme and The Close Call Champions Programme that we are currently rolling out. More courses are planned for 2019.  All three of the VHRL Safety Units have been touring the country to brief on various issues including close calls and the Work Safe Policy. 

If you see something that isn’t safe or you feel that the method of work is unsafe, leaving you and your colleagues at risk, you should have the confidence to speak up immediately and raise your concerns. We fully support every member of staff who stops work because of safety reasons and want to reassure you that you have the full backing of the Group to speak out.

If ever in this situation, you should report your safety concerns immediately by raising a close call or contacting your operations manager. You can easily raise a close call in a number of ways: by downloading our Safety Matters Close Call App by searching ‘Morson’ in the App Store or Google Play, visiting or calling 0161 836 7200.

We want to build a stronger culture towards safety reporting, as the information we receive helps keep our entire workforce safe. Close calls can also be reported anonymously via the app, by inputting just the date, time, location and incident details, along with the added functionality of being able to upload a photo.

Our message as a Group has always been and will always be that we work safely and go home safely every working day, and it is our priority to ensure that our entire workforce adopts the correct health and safety behaviours and that the sites they work on meet these same stringent safety practices and values.

I want to personally thank our entire workforce for their continued hard work and commitment, and please, always stay safe. If ever in doubt, report it. 

We value your feedback – if you have any comments to share, please email and I hope you enjoy this issue. 

Best wishes to you and your family for a safe 2019.

Ged Mason
CEO, Morson Group