John Baker, our Managing Partner, has researched two railway accidents that happened at the same Somerset village 50 years apart. This research has been in support of Norton Fitzwarren's bid to receive a 'red wheel' heritage plaque from the Transport Trust in recognition of the villagers' efforts to rescue the victims in both crashes. The leader of the project, Mary Hayward, had seen our news article on the 1940 accident and asked if we could help with her research. Of course, we were delighted to help especially since both accidents had a significant 'human factor' element.
We have previously written a short article on the 1940 accident, but the accident of the 11th November 1890 was also blamed on 'human error'. In this accident the signaller, George Rice, forgot that he had left a goods train standing on the main line and allowed an approaching fast passenger train into the same section. The passenger train collided with the stationary goods engine, killing 10 passengers and seriously injuring many more.
John's research revealed several new facts about both accidents and also documented more about the victims and those involved. This research has been published on posters that will be displayed in Norton Fitzwarren Village Hall. Copies of the posters for download are included at the end of this article.
As part of the Red Wheel project, John was asked to give a radio interview to the BBC - this is now available on the BBC website.
On the 17th November, the Transport Trust awarded Norton Fitzwarren with a 'Transport Heritage Site' award. We were delighted to attend to see the culmination of Mary Hayward's work to get the actions of the villagers recognised following these two tragic accidents.
Our customised accident investigator training received some great feedback this week. One delegate from Ainscough Crane Hire Ltd said "This was a fantastic course - really very helpful indeed".
The two-day course is well-paced, encouraging all delegates to be actively involved through group exercises and realistic case studies that apply to their working environment. Our Investigator Handbook and materials for event and causal factor analysis are particularly well-received.
All our accident investigation training is tailored to suit your sector; we will work with you to create relevant case studies and where possible we will use your accident reporting documentation (accident reports and investigation report templates or forms) during the training.
We have now delivered this training for rail, tram, bus, social care, engineering, retail and construction organisations.
See our accident investigation training pages for more information, or contact us to discuss how we might work with you.
John Baker, our Managing Partner, recently gave a short talk on the state of leadership and management in the UK as part of his role as Regional Board Member of the Chartered Management Institute in Bristol.
The talk covered recent research by the Chartered Management Institute on how managers and leaders are trained and low-cost ways that managers and leaders can develop their knowledge and skills.
The event was run by SevernNet, a not-for-profit enterprise, run by, and working for the benefit of, the businesses, organisations and the community extending from Royal Portbury Dock through Avonmouth, Severnside to Western Approach Industrial Park.
Here at Silver Moor we have a range of services that can support businesses of all sizes, including short training workshops, coaching and business mentoring.
We've now run three of these workshops for small businesses in the South West for the Institute of Consulting. These have been targeted at owners and managers of small businesses. The events have allowed delegates to work on real challenges that their businesses are facing and, using the knowledge and skills of a small group of people, helped them to find real solutions.
More information about the Institute of Consulting can be found on their website. There are other events being run in the South West by the Chartered Management Institute. Also, check out our coaching services.