You are an expert. An expert in your own life, your own experience, your own decisions and lessons and failures and successes. And we can all learn from that kind of expertise. Today, I chat with that kind of expert.
Hey, it’s Andrew, and this is Safety on Tap.
Since you’re listening in, you must be a leader wanting to grow yourself and drastically improve health and safety along the way. Welcome to you, you’re in the right place. If this is your first time listening in, thanks for joining us and well done for trying something different to improve! And of course welcome back to all of you wonderful regular listeners.
My guest today is Cameron Cox, a Director of Safety for Sydney’s enormous metro and rail construction projects. Cameron is an expert, and his expertise is what he shares today. In this day and age of hero-worshipping, and self-promotion (which become a challenging combination with social media in the mix) there is no shortage of self-proclaimed experts. Yet being an expert, and recognising our own expertise, is not something we do very well. Cameron certainty didn’t refer to himself as an expert. Yet we are all expert in our own journey. To share that openly, bravely, and publicly, like Cameron, is something we all need to do more of because there is so much we can learn from each other, and our experiences. That’s what you’ll hear today.
This episode is brought to you by the Safety Institute of Australia’s Safetyscape Convention.
Cameron will be sharing his personal and professional expertise, taking us through his journey inside the Sydney Metro project at the 2019 Safetyscape convention, part of the new events offering from the Safety Institute of Australia on from the 21st to 23rd of May in Sydney. The #SAFETYSCAPE Convention brings together a range of industry partners committed to health and safety to assemble as the largest gathering of Health & Safety professionals across a program of events, workshops, forums. At the centre of the overall convention is the Safety Institute of Australia’s own two day National Health & Safety Conference: Back to the Future
along with the Workplace Health & Safety Show
But don’t forget, as I’ve been saying for a while – most of your learning and in turn performance will come from social and experiential learning – so whilst the knowledge you will gain will be great, it’s even better to meet new peers and strengthen relationships with your network, share stories and reflections from your own experience.
I myself will be facilitating a panel discussion with a couple of senior leaders from our regulators, which is dialogue I’m really keen to bring to life, hopefully with you in the audience.
Visit safetyscape.com.au to find out more and get your ticket.
Let’s jump into my chat with Cameron:
Don’t forget to check out safetyscape.com.au and grab your ticket to the National Health and Safety Conference, or the Workplace Health and Safety Show. I’ll be at the conference, I hope to see you there!
The big takeaway for me from this conversation is the clear thread of learning throughout our chat. Cameron learned about the project, which informed his decision to join the team, because of their impressive safety strategy. He embraced the challenge of this role, with such a big and broad scope, as a learning experience for his career. He learned that what’s in the contract and what the reality is are different, which in itself was a learning problem improved by dialogue with contractors. And Cameron touched on innovation, which has it’s foundation in learning – learning from the past that a new approach is needed for the future, and embracing the opportunity to try, to get feedback, and to learn from that innovation process.
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Thanks so much for listening. Until next time, what’s the one thing you’ll do to take positive, effective or rewarding action, to grow yourself, and drastically improve health and safety along the way? Seeya!