Help Me Get Home | What do you know about your safety campaign?
Your safety campaign….
In the last six months, Help Me Get Home (HMGH) has developed a new, revamped website to cope with the increasing interest, demand and reporting taking place about unsafe practice and near misses on our roads.
Additionally, the blog is at an all-time high in terms of readership, the Facebook page has grown in its number of followers by 50% and the Twitter followers are rocketing up day by day. The campaign has had several enquiries regarding displaying the logo by supporters far and wide.
Every two weeks, Help Me Get Home publishes an online quiz regarding safety and traffic management on the new website, where all the TM operatives compete against each other, to keep those minds sharp and add a little fun and healthy competition to the ongoing quest for the ultimate goal of zero health and safety issues across our network.
We spoke with Gary Knight, and asked him a few questions about the journey so far:
Q: Gary, just how long has the campaign been running?
A The campaign has been running since January 2015 and in the last six months has gone from strength to strength.
Q: Why did you start the campaign?
A One day I received a safety alert from a major company in our industry. The safety alert was only sent to companies on their supply list, and I thought ‘What about all the companies and sole traders in our industry who do not get notified of safety issues within our industry?’ So, I wanted to take responsibility and accountability for letting everyone know of all safety issues in our industry no matter how big or small, so I decided to start a campaign.
Q:So how is the campaign funded?
A In the main, by kind donations. Sponsors are everything to us as this is essentially a volunteer campaign and totally not for profit. Traffic Labour Supplies have been nothing short of fantastic with this and I can’t thank Steve enough. He has personally invested a lot of time and a substantial amount of money to raise awareness of Help Me Get Home, and has purchased a number of car stickers for all their staff display in both their private and company vehicles. Without TLS getting HMGH off the ground would have been a struggle. UTS training are also strong backers and have the logo displayed on their high-vis tops which is a great gesture from Adrian, and they’re kind enough to promote the camapign on each course they deliver which being such a large training provider across the industry is a massive bonus for HMGH. West Midland Supplies are adding our logo to their PPE, and generously make a donation to HMGH every time they print a logo. Additionally, we sell merchandise that raises some funds for us to re-invest back into spreading the word about what we do.
Q: Quite the support then Gary! What type of merchandise is available for purchase?
A We offer a range including pens, mugs and car stickers at the moment. Just small pieces that we hope to gauge idea of support from. There are then plans to introduce wristbands, T shirts and beanie hats. The dream would be for PPE manufacturers to apply the logo to all their clothing as standard.
Q: Why is it called ‘Help Me Get Home’?
A Ultimately- we just thought it was a very apt name with an unbelievably clear message. It doesn’t take too much working out. So, if you look at the logo, the shape and main colour are those of a stop sign. Within the stop sign is a roadworks ahead sign, indicating works are taking place. On the other side is a pedestrian sign where the child is holding the adults hand. However, the adult is only an outline, to indicate they didn’t get home to the child that night due to an accident at work. The two sub-plates then display our name ‘Help Me’ ‘Get Home’. We want to humanise road workers and make drivers and other workers on site think twice about unsafe practice knowing these operatives have families and friends to go home to.
Q: So, where do you see this campaign going- what’s the dream?
A I would like the campaign to be widely recognised as a non-profit organisation for road workers to use to gain information regarding any part of safety with regard to working on the highway. I want this to include where they can download information such as; safety alerts, generic risk assessments, method statements and any other safety information they might require. I would also like to see the logo displayed on sites, vehicles, and on PPE to show safety awareness for road workers by those within the industry. As I said before, if we had PPE manufacturers adding the logo as standard it would be a huge achievement.
To support Help Me Get Home, make a donation, or simply find out more about safe practice in the workplace- you can contact Gary Knight on 07766996690.