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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 7 (November 1, 1927)

The Safety Movement

The Safety Movement.

The Great Western Railway has always played a prominent part among Home lines in the furtherance of the Safety Movement. This year the Great Western is embarking upon a “Freedom from Accident” competition, in which every employee is invited to participate, in the effort to wipe out preventable personal injuries. After the present year the competition will be an annual one between the several divisions of the line, and a challenge shield will be awarded to the division making the best record.

Any Great Western employee who desires to take a leading part in the safety competition is being invited to enlist a number of other employees, and thus form a “team,” of which he should be the “captain,” and in his name the “team” will be registered. It will be the duty of the captain to do all he can, with the co-operation of the members of his team, to encourage every means of avoiding and preventing personal injuries, and the records of the best teams in each division will be compared, to decide the winning division. A team may consist of any number of members from three to twenty. Every team will be given its own “risk value” according to the number and occupation of the men who compose it, for it is recognised that in some grades the liability to accidents is greater than in others. The “risk values” are based upon past records of the frequency of accidents among the several grades in all departments of the service. In addition to the challenge shield awarded to the winning division, a gold watch will be presented to the captain, and gold medals to the members of the team having the best all-line record. This safety contest is quite an innovation, and its conduct will be watched with much interest by all.