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20/05/2019 News

Total Lubricants marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work with special events

World Day for Safety

Total Lubricants joined forces with contractors, partners and stakeholders to host a series of events focused on staying safe and well, both in and out of work, to mark ‘World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2019’.

Employees, contractors, partners and other stakeholders attended a series of workshops, presentations and speed meetings at Total’s UK sites at Ferrybridge in West Yorkshire, Preston in Lancashire and Euston in London.

The theme Total focused on this year was ‘Zero Fatal Accidents, For Me, For You, For All’ with a particular emphasis on working at height.

Falls from height are one of the most common causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries in the UK – accounting for 1 in 4 workplace fatalities in 2017/18.


Total’s ‘World Day for Safety and Health at Work’ events featured various activities and presentations from different organisations in order to give a range of perspectives on health and safety:  

  • MRS Training & Rescue focused on working at height and raising awareness that falls can happen, and have severe consequences, from any height
  • DHL and XPO, two of Total’s main haulage partners
  • Interserve, Total’s facilities management partner
  • The Vale Primary Academy, focused on HGVs and road safety awareness for children
  • Wakefield District Council

Fundraising activities including a cake sale and raffle to support the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

This is the eleventh consecutive year that Total has supported the initiative, led by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) which is celebrating its centenary year in 2019.


Patrick Howley, operations manager, Total UK Lubricants Division, said:

“World Day for Safety and Health at Work is a very important date for the entire Total Group. We all have a duty of care to ourselves, our colleagues and anyone we come into contact with either through our business or in the local communities in which we operate. The more we talk about safety, the more we initiate continuous improvement initiatives, and the more we look out for our colleagues and question working practices and the environment in which we work, the better the chance we have of ensuring we achieve our objective of zero fatal fatalities and zero accidents.”

“All of our sites across the globe take part, and our UK events held in Yorkshire, London and Lancashire have brought together many different aspects of safety, all having a pivotal role in making the workplace as safe as possible. The support from our partners and stakeholders has been fantastic and I should like to thank every one of them for making the event such a success!”