Safety thirst

PUBLISHED: 12:40 08 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:20 02 June 2010

The victim’ is freed from the crash vehicle by fire-fighters.

The victim’ is freed from the crash vehicle by fire-fighters.

WORKERS from Del Monte were keen to learn how to stay safe on ­Fenland roads. So Wisbech fire-fighters staged a series of road traffic collision demonstrations at the Weasenham Lane site last Wednesday. The demonstration was part of a multi-agency event s

Fire-fighters use cutting gear to free a trapped’ driver during the demonstration at  Del Monte, ­Wisbech. Pictures: BRIAN PURDY

WORKERS from Del Monte were keen to learn how to stay safe on ­Fenland roads.

So Wisbech fire-fighters staged a series of road traffic collision demonstrations at the Weasenham Lane site last Wednesday.

The demonstration was part of a multi-agency event staged by Del Monte, together with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, the East of England Ambulance NHS Trust, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, Cambridgeshire Police and Fenland Volunteer Service.

The aim was to get workers thinking more about their own personal safety, both in and out of the workplace.

Fire-fighters transformed part of the car park into the scene of a two-vehicle collision for the first of two demonstrations.

In each, one worker was given the task of acting as a driver trapped in one of the cars with serious neck and back injuries.

About 25 workers watched each demonstration and listened to Howard Newton, community safety officer for Fenland, as he explained how fire-fighters used specialist cutting equipment to take the roof off the vehicle to gain access to the seriously injured person.

Mr Newton said: "By showing the true horrors of a road traffic collision, we hope these people will remember what they have seen while they are out and about driving on the road.

"Sadly, fire-fighters in Wisbech see this scene for real all too often."

Simon Cook, HR officer for Del Monte, said: "Feedback from staff at Wisbech was that these demonstrations were excellent and enabled them to think about their own personal driving habits and the work that Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service does on our behalf.


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