This is your Be Safe brief 

There are two versions of the safety brief – a video version and a text version.

Please watch or read the version that you prefer, and then click at the bottom of the page to confirm that you have understood it.

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Text version

Thank you to those who worked over the bank holiday weekends.

If you didn't work, we hope you enjoyed time at home.

Get a brief before you start work.

At the start of each day, and when you start a new task, you should get a brief on

  • the work to do
  • how to do it
  • who does what.

Your brief will highlight any specific issues and hazards that could come up - and the control measures to mitigate the risk.

If you’re experienced and have done this sort of job hundreds of times before, it’s easy to think the brief is a waste of time.

But there may be something new, that you haven’t seen before. Or during the brief you might notice a risk no-one else has spotted – if you can raise it at the start,  you could save someone from getting hurt.

By spending just 5 or 10 minutes listening to the brief and asking questions, you can help us to cut the chances of something going wrong. 

That’s why it’s one of our four Be safe rules:

  • Get a brief before you start work.Mark Mullan, site agent

See it, share it 

Thank you to Mark Mullen.

Mark works on our Projects team installing the G-Network fibre broadband upgrade in London.

While he was marking up the area for services before excavating, he realised that the drawings did not cover the entire area to be excavated. Mark asked the client to provide updated drawings before work continued.

Thank you, Mark – this is how we look after each other.

Please share observations and good practice by emailing

Network Rail safety alert (non-VGC)Network Rail safety alert machines

Network Rail has asked us to tell you about an incident in February, when a COSS (a controller of site safety) was trapped between two road rail vehicles.

The operator of one of the RRVs had confirmed with the machine controller that he could move his machine, and sounded the horn. But the COSS was working between the two machines and became trapped between the two bumpers. Fortunately other people in the worksite noticed and shouted to the machine operator who moved the machine to free the COSS.

This was so nearly a tragic accident. It is a reminder to us all that working near plant is high risk, no matter how experienced you are, and the unexpected can so easily happen.

Testing face-fit dust maskFace masks

If your work means you need a face mask, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for wearing it correctly.

If the mask is to stop you inhaling dust, you must have had training on how to use it. This will include face-fit testing and a toolbox talk.

Driving while fatigued (non VGC)

Earlier this month, a sub-contractor was fined three quarters of a million pounds for failing to manage fatigue in the workforce which led to the death of two of people. They died in an accident on the A1 early one morning after driving into the back of a parked lorry. 

If you feel tired, pull over where it is safe and take a rest. Do not just keep driving.

If your commute means you cannot get home safely after work, raise the issue with your manager. You will be supported with any concerns you raise.

A reminder of the four Be Safe rules and how they apply to coronavirus

1. Be fit for work

Come to work fit and ready. If you have coronavirus symptoms, do not attend work. Follow government advice and stay at home.

2. Get a brief before you start work

You need to know what you are going to do, and have the right tools and permit. You should be briefed on any working measures relating to COVID19..

3. Report anything unsafe

Report anything that may put someone at risk. If you feel COVID-19 control measures at your workplace are being ignored, report this, so they can be reviewed.

4. Stop work if anything changes

Where measures such as social distancing at work are implemented, they may significantly change a task. If the measures mean the way you carry out work will change, stop work and raise your concerns immediately.  

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Please confirm that you have watched or read the safety brief and understood it.


If you have any questions about the safety brief, contact your line manager or the HSQE team on 01895 671 892 or