Milestone Infrastructure’s Street lighting team recently came together to participate in a mock trial, as part of our strategic aim to keep people free from harm.

The day, hosted by DAC Beachcroft, an international legal business, acted as an opportunity to remind all employees of the health & safety procedures in place and the consequences of not following the correct procedures.

DAC Beachcroft conducted a mock trial which saw members of Milestone’s Street lighting leadership team taking on the roles of defendant, inspector, and judge. The team were provided scripts, acting out the scenario of not following the correct procedures around excavations including safe digging practices in line with HSG47, location of underground services with Cat & Genny scans, which we ensure always take place on site.

People attending the day acted as the jury, to decide if the defendant was guilty or not. The majority decided they were guilty of not following procedures, therefore leading to the defendant serving a prison sentence. The day offered an opportunity to observe what can happen to both an individual, and a business, if prosecuted for serious health & safety failings.

At Milestone, the safety of people is our most important core value. We are constantly looking at ways to improve our health and safety procedures, which is supported by our behavioural safety programme ‘It Starts with Me’.

On our street lighting contracts we operate within the Highway Electrical Registration Scheme (HERS), which works to ensure all organisations operating in the sector are fully compliant with National Highway Sector Scheme 8 (NHSS8).

Speaking on the importance of the day, Vikki Kelly, Strategic Improvement Manager for our street lighting contracts, said: “This session was a real eye opener for all who attended, putting the risks of not following health & safety procedures into perspective. Procedures are not just a tick box exercise, they are produced for a reason and I hope this day reminded everyone of the importance in following them correctly, so that we can all go home safety to our families.”

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