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Safety Conversations with Fulton Hogan

On Friday 25th September Fulton Hogan undertook the very first Safety Conversations facilitated workshop in South Australia. The catalyst for this occurrence was the attendance by Terry Wright, Safety and Training Manager for the Industries division in South Australia, at the Safety Conversations launch at Civil Train’s facility at Thebarton on the 14th August 2015.

Terry had previous experience of this workshop concept in his time with Pioneer Road Services, a bitumen company who was acquired by Fulton Hogan several years ago.  Through this he had also had previous experience with Peter Karounos, the workshop developer and facilitator, so he had no hesitation in taking this program to his management with strong recommendations they get involved. Fulton Hogan is a very committed company in the area of Safety and are keen to investigate new and innovative options which makes their organisation a safer and better place to work, especially as the bitumen work they do is hot, repetitive and involves quite dangerous worksites (with moving traffic and machinery).  By its nature, the work Fulton Hogan Industries undertake, is largely difficult for management to supervise due to the diverse and often remote worksites.  A strong safety culture from all employees is paramount for Fulton Hogan.

This very first private workshop was attended by 11 participants ranging from the General Manager of the division, Matthew MacMahon, to workshop and office based employees. This mixed group quickly got down to work and within the first 5 minutes Peter had the group very engaged.  Feedback from Peter was that this was one of the most engaged groups he has had the pleasure to work with.

Simon Perry, Project Manager for Defence Maintenance, who is based in Fulton Hogan’s Queensland office happened to be in Adelaide for meetings was asked if he wanted to attend.  He thought it would be something of value for him and it definitely proved so, commenting it was “well worth doing”.  He had not done anything like this previously and thought the positive feedback and recognition and reward components were great and Simon is very thankful for attending the workshop.

From the perspective of an office based employee, Cherie Nuske who is the Accounts Payable, Administration and Reception person for Fulton Hogan Industries said it was “very well presented’’. Cherie said for her it was very interesting to see how her managers thought about and approached safety and she gained a greater appreciation of the stresses they are under and the thought they have to give safety issues.

The Safety Conversations Program is facilitated by Peter Karounos.  Peter is an experienced consultant in the area of organisational psychology. Peter brings over 10 years’ experience and expertise in providing solutions that maximise individual, team and organisational performance.

Peter has supported local (Australia) and global organisations, including travel nationally and to Houston, London, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Auckland. He has worked at all levels; from executive to the frontline, across industries including oil & gas, mining, construction, manufacturing, utilities, government and sport.

Peter works with individuals, teams and organisations to develop, deliver and manage solutions designed to maximise performance. His mission is to support individuals, teams and organisations at every stage of the performance lifecycle; to plan, engage, develop and retain/sustain.

Peter has completed his Master’s Degree in Organisational Psychology and Human Factors at the University of Adelaide. Furthermore, he is accredited in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Human Synergistics Life Styles Inventory (LSI1, LSI2) and Hogan Assessments.

This 6 hour workshop takes the participants through a journey of how, when, why and what to do to have effective, non-confrontational conversations in the workplace.  It is designed to give participants the skills in the following areas:

  • Observations Skills
  • Questioning Techniques
  • Feedback Skills
  • Gaining Agreement

If you think that your organisation is one of those who need to take their commitment to safety to a new level or the culture around safety needs to change, then please come and talk to the team at Civil Train SA.  We are confident that you will come away with a new approach and focus on achieving a safety culture that everyone in your organisation will respond to.