Health and Safety North, which takes place at The Reebok Stadium, Bolton on the 10th and 11th of October, will feature a seminar delivered by Lawrence Waterman, Head of Health and Safety, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

The seminar entitled ‘The Greatest Show on Earth – Preparing for London 2012’, will discuss how the ODA undertook 81 million hours of work and delivered the first Olympics in 100 years without a fatality.  He will also present ideas about worker engagement and the successful way in which this has been used during the construction of the Olympic venues.

Speaking of the ODA’s health and safety success rate, Waterman said: “Interestingly, we have had a low accident rate but a high near miss rate, but completed a project that is on time, on budget and hurt fewer people than anyone could dare dream about.”

Insisting that the ODA’s health and safety successes can form part of the lasting Olympics legacy, Waterman continued: “By just taking a few minutes before the start of every shift or project to talk to the workforce about the job they are undertaking, the equipment they will use, the hazards that are present and vitally listening to them as they feedback on related issues, has had an enormous effect. This is the kind of information that we can now share that are relevant to all workplaces.”

The centre point of the event is a substantial exhibition where some of the leading product and service providers in the health and safety industry are exhibiting and will be available to advise on the latest technology and business practices.

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