November 2000 Paul was working as a Process Operator and Engineer at a paper mill in Kent. He was involved in a machinery incident, which resulted in his left arm being severed above the elbow.
Paul’s story was shown on the BBC’s 999 programme, the story is incredibly honest, raw and open about the lead up to, the day itself and ripple that has continued to this day.
The story acts as a reminder of the fundamental importance of key safety behaviours, risk assessments, communication and lock off procedures. Highlighting the need to think about custom and practice in the workplace, the need to encourage people to question and speak up, so everybody goes home every day.
With opportunities for stories to be told, whether as part of a company safety program, part of a company wide safety stand-down day or conference. Attendees cannot escape the reality of human error from such incidents, realizing the risks that they take together with the potential adverse consequences.
Having spoken around the globe to industries far and wide. Paul’s story sits beautifully with those in manufacturing and engineering, as it will help align organizations concerned with health and safety and the culture that exists within it to influence them to adopt a different approach to safety.
With all the site visits around the globe and his personal experiences, Paul has now wrote a book – Man v Machine (Journey of Complacency) about his journey from the abyss, how to spot complacency and inspire a safer workplace.
The accredited (CPD) presentation is just the first stage of helping to inspire a safer culture. Using a safety survey taken at time of presentation and measuring against recognized safety models, it allows a snapshot in real time of where the safety culture is and allows the client draw up a strategy of where they need to focus.
As well as the safety survey, a benchmark questionnaire is available to identify areas of great and out of the blue culture. It can be used as part of any personal development plan, that the company uses.
Posters have been developed to run along side the presentation, giving a lasting impression of the presentation.
Periodic site visits are available to help keep the message of the day going and help align the culture.