Jessica Tabinor safety matters
SAFETY MATTERS | 3 MIN READ
Since its official launch in March 2018, we have received c.200 close calls
The app is available on both Android and Apple devices and can be downloaded by searching ‘Morson’ in the App Store or Google Play
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In our last edition, we announced the launch of our new Safety Matters Close Call App, which is transforming the way we maintain safety trackside by giving our entire workforce another simple way to report unsafe behaviours and working conditions.
The app is available on both Android and Apple devices and can be downloaded by searching ‘Morson’ in the App Store or Google Play. As well as the ability to report close calls anonymously, it also offers the added functionality of using the app whilst offline and submitting the details once your internet connection is restored, so it can be used in any location.
The information that we receive is crucial to reducing and eliminating accidents and incidents. Since its official launch in March 2018, we have received c.200 close calls. The number reported each month continues increasing, with 14 recorded in April compared to 51 in September.
During Period 7, the greatest number of close calls centred on the following safety issues and concerns:
- Lack of equipment or equipment that is broken or not working
- Delivery that is either late or failed to complete altogether
- Trip or trip hazard
- Poor or inadequate lighting on site
- Issues concerning members of the public
- Platform protection either not in use or inadequate
Other close calls reported during this same period included disagreements/arguments, dust/fumes on site, faulty or lack of head torches, instructions/RAMS not listened to or followed, operatives not being clean shaven, and rubbish left on site.
If ever in an unsafe situation, you should immediately report your concerns through the app, which is flagged instantly to our health and safety team. We also want to remind everyone of their shared accountability for each other’s actions, with health and safety not only the responsibility of the PWTs and inspectors. This collective responsibility and the encouragement to speak out and rectify problems before they become an issue, rather than ignoring it or viewing it as ‘someone else’s responsibility’, ensures that we work safe and go home safe every day.
Here is a selection of close calls reported through the app during October 2018 and the subsequent actions that were taken: