Monthly Archives: November 2015

Who Care’s

Help Me Get Home (your safety campaign) is coming up to its first anniversary. What has it achieved?

cropped-ff69f-logo2b1.jpgWell apart from me spending a lot of my time promoting your safety campaign and investing over £2000 of my own money, NOTHING.

When I started the campaign, everyone wanted to be a part of it, people were saying great idea, just what the industry needs. A one stop safety shop where we could all share best practices and keep more people safe throughout the industry.

So I started the campaign, got a website, got a blog started and brought some merchandise, Mug, Pens, Car Stickers, wrist bands and some business cards with all the campaign details. The first few months were very good, people signing up to the Facebook group, reading the LinkedIn post and following the campaign on Twitter.

I went to trade shows, safety summits for the safety of Road Workers promoting your safety campaign. WHY?

Because no one cares about the safety of road workers. Not even the people who work on the carriageways, the people I met at the trade shows, the managers of big companies who showed willing but haven’t bothered.

We all go on Facebook, all I see is operative’s slagging off other operatives, taking photos of poor TM, taking videos of poor TM. What’s worse using a phone while driving to take the photo or video, or knowing its wrong and not informing the TM Company that’s it’s not quite right. What was the old slogan?HMGH-box-ad

“Don’t Walk By”

Two weeks ago, I emailed 192 people about getting involved with Help Me Get Home, all the people are in the industry, some are Directors at large companies, who could make a difference and get the company to support the campaign, and all I got was one reply saying, I’m already in mate. Really, in what? I have had no response about safety, no safety alerts and no ideas, so what are you in.

 So to all you people who say they care about safety on the carriageway, take a good look at yourself, do you really care?

So let’s take a look. I know several people who work at major players with in our industry, who all said they would help, well I’m still waiting for the help.

At this point I would like to thank Mr Steve Bennett who owns TLS Ltd, for he is the only person who has put his money where his mouth is. He made a very generous donation to Highways Industry.Com, so they could publish four articles about the campaign, Thanks Steve.

So I am looking for someone or a company to help me push the campaign to the next level. Because I actually believe in your safety so you can get home to your love ones.

 

Gazza

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Road Expo 2015

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Every November I travel to Edinburgh, Scotland. This year was no different I was on Acklea Ltd stand showing of the Scorpion crash cushion. We all met at the usual hotel in Edinburgh on the night before the show for a catch up. Acklea Ltd very kindly allowed my to use there stand to promote our safety campaign “Help Me Get Home”. So I arrived about 09:00 and got a few of the promotional hand outs ready for the start of the show. Usual type of things pen, car stickers and wrist bands. Only forgot about the mugs in the boot of my car.

At 09:30 the show doors opened, with all the usual suspects were in attendance, ABG Ltd, Acklea Ltd, Alba Traffic Management, A-Plant Lux , BCS Group Plc. Border Barrier Systems, Clearview Traffic Group Ltd, Coneworx Ltd, Highway Care Ltd, Road Safety Markings Association, Safety Vehicles Hire & Lease Ltd, Solar Signs UK Ltd, SRL Traffic Systems Ltd, The Rich Works, Transport Scotland and Westcotec Ltd, just to name a few.SMP Derek Mackay

One of the first visitors to the stand was Derek Mackay Minster for Transport for Scotland and the Isles.

I explained about our mission for the campaign. “Our mission is a one-stop safety shop for all carriageway workers. Sharing all safety information across the industry will have a better influence than just keeping it to your company or your supply chain. After all, everyone has the right to get home after their shift on the carriageway”.

By the end of the day I had secured a definite fee to advertise on the website and three other companies willing to pay for advertising on the website. Overall a very good day the more and more people know about your campaign “Help Me Get Home”

Remember it will only work if you get involved, so tell your employers about the campaign and it would be good to share safety information.

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