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Q: Operative safety near moving vehicles is an issue for us. We operate a number of food production plants throughout the UK where we have staff working in and around fork lift trucks and other moving vehicles.

We get accidents, but thank goodness no serious accidents or fatalities. Nonetheless this is potentially high risk work.

While we can engineer much of the risk out of the business, and introduce new safety signalling systems etc, we still need staff to be able to recognise common hazardous situations in these areas and act safety, with awareness.

We also need staff to put things right when they look wrong

So a video to train staff in the new systems and procedures would be good. We’d also like to produce a video to train staff in how to spot these hazards. But we’d like to go even further and instill safe key behaviours in operatives.

We’d like a change in attitude in both drivers and pedestrians. We’ve seen other companies adopt Key Safe Behaviours and so would we.

I also have to say that we’re on a tight budget.

What can you recommend?

Safety Manager

Food production company


A: Working in and around moving vehicles is certainly dangerous and your issue is one that concerns many companies, and you’re right to think that video training can help address the problem by showing real situations and their answers.

The core training can be delivered as voiceover with suitable video footage illustrating the correct procedure. This is your basic health and safety video approach.

But obviously you’re looking for something more that will motivate your workforce, and win them over towards adopting a key safe behaviours approach.

For this I would recommend using Voxpop interviewees in the video.

I don’t mean endless droning interviews, but snappily cut clips of vital workforce feedback edited crisply together for max impact.

Voxpop styles in training video are shown here  particularly the Workforce Development video and the Recruitment DVD. There’s also an introduction to behavioural safety clip there too. There’s further clarification on safety video production here

There’s a knack to shooting and editing punchy voxpop interviews.

Which leads to the next question: How do I package voxpops in the context of my safety training video?

Here’s an outline format:

> Open with a director or VIP talking to camera briefly outlining an area of the problem (brief being the operative word)

> Follow this with voiceover and footage showing the correct procedure, explaining this in the context of Key Safe Behaviours

> Summarise it with voxpops of operatives being interviewed in camera, discussing the relevance of behavioural safety and key safe behaviours in their work areas.

Since the voxpops only comprise carefully selected clips, you can be sure they will give a credible shopfloor endorsement of the new safe behaviour approach.

This overall approach delivers the following benefits:

> Top Brass (manufacturing directors, CEOs, senior production managers) demonstrate recognition and concern for the problem

> The voiceover and footage shows the solution

> The voxpop workforce interviews provide the necessary peer group influence to ensure high acceptance on the shopfloor.

Working near moving vehicles is a big problem for many companies. Hopefully the right training video provides a way through.

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