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Red Poppy to the rescue

Safety

OVER the past two years, Red Poppy has approached several organisations including the Major Contractors Group and Heathrow Terminal 5. But so far the company has worked with only one construction client.

Skanska Construction called in Red Poppy consultant Tony Howarth to provide on-site psychological de-briefing for four workers who witnessed a fatal accident on the company's Walsgrave Hospital PFI site in Coventry last year.

Mr Howar th's report identified a normal level of emotional response in all four workers, but found no signs of deeper psychological trauma.

Neil Moore, corporate environment health and safety manager for Skanska UK, explains that the company was introduced to Red Poppy by its own inhouse occupational health nurse, who was attached to the Walsgrave Hospital project.

'I would say that Skanska is probably unusual in directly employing our own full-time nurses, though I wouldn't like to say we are unique, ' says Mr Moore.

He believes the exper ience with Red Poppy would be worth repeating should such an event happen again.

'We have devoted a lot of time and resources to trying to prevent accidents happening, but in the past 18 months to two years we've started to look at occupational health in the round. You could say that our decision to bring Red Poppy in was a result of that, ' he says.

Visit www. theredpoppycompany. co. uk.