City Building welcomes leading UK safety trainer

Jason Anker
Jason Anker

City Building welcomed the UK’s leading speaker on behavioural safety training to its Glasgow headquarters this week to share insights on how individual’s approach safety as part of the Proud 2B Safe programme.

Jason Anker is one of the UK’s foremost speakers on safety training and was recently made MBE in recognition of his services to health and safety in the construction industry.

He visited City Building staff on Tuesday to deliver talks to managers, supervisors and apprentices working in the construction industry as part of the Proud 2B Safe programme which aims to take safety beyond compliance.

During his visit Jason spoke to the team about how his personal experiences have affected him and his family and how it is important to keep yourself safe at work. Following an interactive question and answer session, individual employees made personal commitments and signed up to the Proud 2b Safe campaign.

Jason’s passion for safety stems from his own personal experiences and challenges. He was paralysed from the waist down due to an avoidable incident on a construction site in 1993 at just 24 years old.

Jason City Building2Speaking of his work with Proud 2B Safe, Jason said: ‘’We need to change the way we think about safety, currently there is still a fear about speaking up if something is or appears unsafe, sometimes this is perception but we have to strive for a culture where it just the norm to accept that everybody has the right to go home safely to their loved ones’. Proud 2b Safe takes safety beyond compliance.”

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building, added: “City Building has always taken its commitment to health and safety very seriously and this is why we were delighted to welcome Jason to meet employees to allow him to share his story and illustrate how important it is that our team keep themselves safe on site.

“Our team were very engaged by Jason’s workshop and presentation and I believe it has helped demonstrate to our team how important the policies and procedures are that we put in place both on site and in our offices and training facilities to ensure our team operate in a safe environment.”

City Building has a comprehensive Health, Safety and Environmental strategy and operates to OHSAS 18001 and 14001 registrations. The company also has a range of in house management systems, policies and procedures to cover all of its activities and locations.

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