Drama-Based Back To Work Briefing

Wembley Park decided to start 2020 by doing things differently.

Instead of the typical back-to-work safety briefing – usually in the format of a toolbox talk or Powerpoint presentation – Project Director Allen Westgate decided to call on the drama-based training team, Dramanon, which involves professional actors.

Several 40-minute sessions were held over two days, in both English and Romanian. In total, 750 staff and site operatives from E03 and E05 attended and were fully welcoming of this alternative way to deliver the safety message.

Feedback from the floor included: “really good and engaging”, “best safety talk I have seen in over 30 years of construction”, “we should do this sort of thing all of the time – easy to understand the message”, “the acting brought the message to life”.

The Wembley Park projects, where between 70% and 80% of staff are native Romanian speakers, involve complex works and multiple work faces. “It has a very good safety record,” says Allen, “however we are always looking to improve, hence these back-to-work briefings with a difference.”

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