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Safety video wins gold award

UK Power Networks has won an award for a hard-hitting safety campaign video.

From Press releases - 8 April 2014 12:00 AM

UK Power Networks has won an award for a hard-hitting safety campaign video.

The Speak Up film is aimed at the thousands of the company’s employees who carry out potentially high-risk work with electricity every day to keep the lights on for millions of customers across the East of England, London and the South-East.

The dramatisation emotively brings to life events leading up to an engineer being badly burned and becoming disabled at work while at home his wife is preparing for the arrival of their new baby. It shows colleagues talking about how they wish they’d said something about how the worker was carrying out his job on the underground electricity distribution network, cutting corners and disregarding safety rules.

The film won a gold award for best script at the International Visual Communication Awards (IVCA) at an awards ceremony in London on March 29.

Murdo Allan, director of health, safety, sustainability and technical training at UK Power Networks, said: “Safety is our top priority at all times so to receive external recognition for this campaign is good.

“But what matters most is that it has the impact on our employees, so that all of us go home safely every day.

“The staff have been quite quiet after watching the film as the dangers are very real to us. We want to keep the inherent hazards in our work at the forefront of minds in everything we do and this type of campaign supports our safety policies, procedures, training and initiatives. The message is that we can stay safe by looking after ourselves and our colleagues.”

UK Power Networks commissioned The Edge Picture Company to produce the film.