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Staying Ahead In Safety

13 April 2015

More than 100 people attended Costain’s third Behavioural Safety Conference in Leamington.

Delegates, made up of internal staff, external clients and guests from across a range of industry sectors, listened to a wide range of presentations – each bringing a unique blend of behavioural science to the event.

The theme of this year’s event was ‘Staying Ahead of the Game’ and each presenter shared their tools, techniques, hints and tips to help embed behavioural science into project and site management.

Among guests were representatives of some of the country’s larger employers, such as Drax and Jaguar Land-Rover. Not only does Costain use behavioural science on its own projects, it undertakes consultancy work for external organisations, explained Director of Behavioural Management, Alan Cheung.

Investigations into using behavioural science started as long ago as 2006 with a five-year pilot programme, and really got underway in 2010. While it was difficult to say definitively that behavioural management had been directly responsible for the continuing reduction in site accidents or incidents, there had been a reduction in both the number and severity of accidents since the programme got underway, said Alan.

Increasingly, he added, behavioural management was being built into projects “so that it’s just part of how we do things”.

The conference inspired positive feedback from several participants: “I really enjoyed being around like-minded people – inspirational people within our business – so networking and general discussions were my favourite parts of the day,” said one delegate.

Another commented: “It was most engaging and thought provoking. I also enjoyed the showcasing of several Costain projects, such as eight2o and the Heysham Link Road.”

With the event growing ever larger, both in audience numbers and presenters, the behavioural management team is using delegate feedback to ensure the conference improves from year to year.

“We were delighted to host this year’s free event for an ever-increasing number of people”, said Alan. “It’s a testament to the team and to some of the fantastic site projects that we are increasingly attracting other companies to our events, many of whom are expressing genuine interest in our approach to safety and management.

“Feedback from delegates is warmly welcomed and will help to ensure we continue to stay ahead of the game.”





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