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Helen James

Helen James

Winner of the WISE Health & Safety Award 2015

12 November 2015

Helen James, Beyond Zero Advisor, BAM Nuttall

Civil engineer Helen has been at the forefront of BAM Nuttall’s cultural change programme Beyond Zero, making safety personal and relevant to each individual both at work and at home. Her enthusiasm and commitment towards safety have been an inspiration to colleagues in all departments. She worked with managers, directors and over 200 volunteers from all disciplines to ‘train the trainers’ and then helped plan, co-ordinate and deliver workshops nationwide to over 10,000 people.

The programme has empowered each member of BAM Nuttall’s workforce to take ownership of their responsibilities and report problems without fear of repercussions. Since the workshops began, incident reporting has increased and the number of serious incidents is in decline. Helen believes women play a key part in changing culture: “I will continue to drive change in our industry, encourage people to become more engaged with safety, inspire others to look after each other and support and champion the WISE agenda.”

The judges comments: Her enthusiasm, dedication towards safety and high energy approach is incredibly engaging and her commitment impressive. This winner had infectious drive to continuously improve the safety message so that it landed with all the staff across her company. She is a great personality and an approachable colleague making a real difference.

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