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Laing O’Rourke hits the next gear for innovative inductions

An innovative approach to site induction is helping a major Queensland infrastructure project to work smarter and safer.

Managing contractor Laing O’Rourke is using an engaging site induction for all employees, contractors and sub-contractors working on the Battlefield Airlifter (BFA) project that is reconfiguring the RAAF Base at Amberley, west of Brisbane, to permanently house the C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlifter aircraft.

The induction includes information on Laing O’Rourke’s new Next Gear Safety Management System, which is online for all employees, clients and partners. The system simplifies safety objectives and best practice, providing easy access to risk control standards, investigation processes, as well as site specific information such as lessons learnt and toolbox talks.

The Laing O’Rourke leadership team, not health and safety professionals, star in a site induction film which covers the core components of the Next Gear SMS and project specifics. The induction day then consists of working through these key areas and applying them to a normal day in the life of a construction worker.

The film looks at the tasks of a supervisor, leading hand and a traffic management officer, with scenarios exploring physical and psychological work-related hazards, as well as personal and home life factors and how these may impact on their safety behaviours at work. There is discussion on how hazards may be eliminated or minimised and how to create a healthy and safe workplace with positive communication and culture.

Other subjects covered include:

  • Positive investigations: these are done on everyday works that have been completed effectively to explore positives and share success stories. Positive investigations are a platform to promote innovative ideas and efficient solutions.
  • Collective insights: once a project component is completed, the project lead and eight representatives from a range of experience levels come together to learn from the experience so it can be replicated on future projects. This think tank exercise highlights lessons learned from the project.
  • Pit crew: this involves engagement and communication from all teams in the field to encourage the sharing of ideas and feedback to senior management.
  • Barry talks: short toolbox talks that promote team work and include regular refreshers of the Next Gear SMS.

Further information

To read more about the Next Gear SMS head to

Last updated
31 July 2018

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