View from the top: Pushing the boundaries on mental health
This week has been fantastic as it has allowed me to bring together some of the knowledge and experience I have gained at LCRIG as the CEO and wider experiences from other roles I have held in highways over the years.
It was all made that little mores special as I was able to use this knowledge to help one of our members, NY Highways, and it just so happens that I’m the Chairman of that organisation. In a beautiful building in Harrogate we held two Safety Stand Down days covering all operational and back office staff, plus a healthy representation from the client. Being Mental Health Awareness week it was a chance for us to focus on this important issue and discuss ways we could best address it. Ross Bullerwell, the MD, introduced the day by reminding everyone that safety was the number one priority, from both a physical and mental perspective. Certain exercises were conducted during the day that challenged us all to think through what goes into safely planning a scheme and we also heard the views of experts from the organisation Mind.
It was an absolute pleasure to meet up face-to-face with so many people to jointly explore how we could make the work environment more safe and push the boundaries a little on that difficult subject, mental health. A representative from Cleveland Fire Brigade, who had previously spent 30 years in the Police Force, reminded us, in graphic detail, what the impact can be of driving whilst distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol – it was chilling.
One safety tip I’ve decided to embrace is not to drive whilst tired. So here I sit at this moment in time in Solihull on my way back to Bath from Harrogate. After seeing the impact of simply nodding off for but a few seconds behind the wheel of a car its an image that will stay with me for quite some time.
I hope this update might help one or two of you think about your own driving habits, your own mental health and everyone’s safety.
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