A group of ‘Highly Commended’ school students present a safety engineering solution to enhance Podium use safety

A group of ‘Highly Commended’ school students present a safety engineering solution to enhance Podium use safety
  • Tue 9 Jan 2018 6:15 PM -
    Tue 9 Jan 2018 7:30 PM

  • Holborn Bars,
    138–142 Holborn London,
    United Kingdom

    EC1N 2NQ

  • Branch meeting

    London Metropolitan Branch

  • This event is free to attend


To reduce the number of accidents associated with widespread failure to lock the wheels on podiums, Overbury plc engaged with students studying Engineering as part of their A level studies from Queen Elizabeth School Barnet to design and make an attachment/alteration to podiums that:

  • did not require the operative to consciously think about applying the lock;
  • did not topple when one or more feet or wheels fell into floor services; and
  • is usable both inside and outdoors.

Through the use of an engineering solution, they have produced a workable model that meets the wants & needs of the issue.

Their engineering solution has gained industry recognition being highly commended by Constructing Excellence in the South East Awards and a finalist at the London Construction Awards.

Podium usage has become widespread within the construction industry and unfortunately accidents occur associated with their use, due to operatives forgetting to lock the wheels which can help to make unstable in work situations.

The students considered a number of targeted benefits for podiums, including the following, which lead to five innovative designs: Function, Performance, Ergonomics/ Anthropometrics, Safety & Cost.

The work stands out from the crowd because of the engagement of young engineers not only assisting with innovative students looking at construction hazards and associated risks, but it also allows the students to see and have a much clearer understanding of the construction industry. They also are able to clearly see the issues through use of work at height equipment which construction workers face on a daily basis.

The students have learned that despite the initial appeal of applying “simple” engineering solutions to the issues that they have encountered throughout this science, technology, engineering & mathematics project that things are never as straightforward as they appear.

They have seen how human factors, a natural conservatism, and scepticism may play a much bigger role.

They have become aware that a “one-size-fits-all” approach which can often cause as many problems as it solves.

As the engineering solution moves further from the predictable physics of podium use and closer to the unpredictable and variable human use of podiums, the “simple” engineering solution may not be so simple after all!

What's in it for you?

This session will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on you practice as part of your CPD. The session will assist you to consider employing students and to challenge the stereotypes surrounding more academic school subjects and encourage young people to take up Engineering, Safety & Health.

Who should attend

Any health and safety professional, employee or manager

What you need to know

Underground: Chancery Lane (Central Line)

Holborn Bars,  138 - 142 Holborn,  London,  EC1N 2NQ

18:15 (refreshments & networking from 17:45)

19:30 (Finish)


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