Robert Jukes, HSE Manager of Wax Lyrical, won the judges over with his commitment to the betterment of himself, community outside of work and his job, being crowned SHP’s Rising Star for Manufacturing and, subsequently, the overall Rising Star UK winner.
Robert Jukes (left), collecting his Manufacturing Award from Steve Hails, Health & Safety Director at Tideway.
Robert has demonstrated tremendous potential with a positive energetic can-do approach and has spent over £10,000 self-funding courses to improve his knowledge of the industry.
He was presented with his award by Steve Hails, Health & Safety Director at Tideway, during a ceremony at Safety & Health Expo.
Always willing to help others progress, Robert has mentored others looking for a start in the industry and is currently assisting local charities and sports clubs with their health and safety responsibilities.
He enthralled the judges by “his commitment to learning more and working away from home is excellent, engaging with local communities with a heavy focus on wellbeing.”
“Robert has challenged industry best practice to further improve confined space access, lifting procedures, well-being and implemented a colour coded Risk Assessment and quiz to improve performance.”
They added that he, “lives safety and has done the extra mile to conduct research.” When launching a new night-shift Robert worked the to review and assess shift rotation matrix, break times and shift hours as well as monitoring fatigue and environmental conditions and demonstrate support for the workforce committing to the new shift system. When introducing a new colour coded risk assessment template Robert reviewed the workforce for weeks afterwards and implemented a quiz and monthly team presentation as part of the briefing to improve communication of the content.
Robert works with various local community organisations and is involved in attending his local IOSH branch meetings and is involved in an asbestos study on the local area. An area with the highest Asbestos related deaths in England and Wales.
He is seeking to undertake further research as part of a potential PhD into improving industry best practice and behavioural safety.
Read Robert’s interview with SHP, following his award win, here.
To read about the winners in the other categories, click here.
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