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Back to Work Conference has Safety Focus

Carnell held their Back to Work safety stand down yesterday on the first day after the Christmas break.  Our nationwide team of 300 met at venues in the midlands and north-west and were engaged in a variety of sessions on safety, health, customer service, innovation and cultural improvement.

Darren Nelson led the midlands session while Aidan Clarke conducted the north-west event.  Guest speakers Jason Anker MBE and Sarah Plumb went between the two venues to deliver their key insights into safety and wellbeing.

The message to our workforce from the top of the company was clear: If you don’t feel safe, STOP.  Through our ‘just culture’ we want to empower the workforce to speak out and say no if things aren’t right.

In a particularly moving account, Jason told us of the consequences of his work place accident (26 years ago to the day) and how ‘5 seconds’ could have changed everything.  He gave us an insight into his spinal injury which paralysed him from the waist down and the effect this had on him, his friends and family.

Sarah took us through some of the issues surrounding mental health and built on her role in training our Mental Health First Aiders.  The prevalence of depression was highlighted as were ways of spotting the signs and how to both open up to and listen to colleagues.

The next conference for the entire workforce is planned for May.

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