Jaguar Land Rover celebrates the start of Safety Week on Monday 17 June, with a number of initiatives across the business aimed at supporting greater awareness of safer practices and a focus on keeping all of our people safe at work.
The week has coincided with the opening of a new pedestrian crossing at the EMC, created by a cross functional team, involving members from Business Protection at the EMC and colleagues working in the facility’s machining hall. The team set about solving a safety concern, using the 10-step Team Improvement Circle process to help them, ably assisted by students from St George’s Primary and St Mary’s Primary, who during a visit to the EMC’s Education Business Partnership Centre (EBPC) entered a competition to design a new safety crossing sign.
Business Protection officer Chris Lambeth led the project, alongside colleagues Dean Jones, Mike Hubble and Ray Homer, as well as seasoned TIC veteran and previous winner Manny Singh, from the EMC’s machining hall.
Chris Lambeth said: “After a number of years watching the success of TIC, we decided that this year we’d take part in the initiative, competing in the indirect service section. After much deliberation we selected a theme on road safety. We’d witnessed a number of near misses on or near the SS2 crossing involving vehicles and pedestrian, so we focussed on the installation of a new crossing in a safer location, closer to the entry barriers.”
The project involved a cross functional team from safety, facilities and Leadec.
The TIC members came up with an idea to ask for help of the EMC’s EBPC, giving visiting students the opportunity to create a new road safety sign, to accompany the installation of the crossing, with prizes for the winning entries. In all 46 entries were submitted from three schools. EMC Operations Director Trevor Leeks shortlisted five entries, with previous TIC winner Gordon Laird picking a top three and the ultimate winner.
The students and their families were then invited along to the facility to receive certificates and some special prizes, plus of course to cut the ribbon to officially open the new crossing. Prizes went to Amelia from St Georges, Thomas from St Marys and Faith from St Georges.
Chris added: “We’d like to thank to the team at the EPBC for their help, as well as Trevor and Linda for the support they gave. We’d also like to extend our gratitude to the children and staff of the schools who entered the competition, as well as Red Penguin for producing the signs.
“We now look forward to hopefully continuing our TIC journey.”