Staff at WJ were encouraged to ‘think exceptional’ during a series of safety training seminars.
The government’s strategic roads plan has provided the highways industry with an opportunity to upgrade the highway network and the WJ training highlighted the fact that safety is fundamental to sustainable delivery of this major investment.
“We are passionate about our business and the well-being of our workforce as well as others and it’s why we have safety embedded into our culture as a core value,” states Wayne Johnston, WJ group managing director.
Aligned with the objectives from the Highways Agency, main contractors and local authorities, knowing safety improvements will not happen automatically WJ have been driving the process by proactively addressing various aspects of safety.
The company has introduced a number of changes including improvements to personal protective equipment (PPE), materials research and engineering improvements to design out risks within the WJ specialist road marking truck builds.
The recent consolidation of all group businesses under one single identity and launch of the new WJ brand provided an ideal opportunity to reinforce the company’s behavioural safety culture.
To inspire new thinking the training seminars were facilitated by Professor Damian Hughes (pictured), a change management psychologist who helped WJ think differently about their environment and activity with behavioural safety improvements in mind.