‘Free Fall’ was created for a standalone ninety-minute training session that was specifically focussed on the issues of working at height. Its wider framework was to function alongside SSE’s existing safety initiative, The Safety Family. It aims to stimulate conversation about what behaviours and attitudes are required to create safe working environments for all staff, contractors and visitors.
The ‘Free Fall’ training session was launched at SSE’s annual SHE (Safety, Health and Environment) conferences that took place at eight venues across the U.K. and Ireland. The resource was subsequently cascaded across the rest of the business and all its divisions, totalling 30,000 employees, via toolbox talks or manager-led training sessions. The storyline may have been set in a power station and used operational staff for the characters, but because the training was focussed on the attitudes and behaviours of the characters the generated learning was appropriate to the entire workforce.
Measures of Impact and Effectiveness
‘Free Fall’ exceeded the client’s expectations as it achieved the prescribed learning objectives set out by the client, but because the fictional storyline is so detailed the film can be used as the basis for training on numerous other subjects when in the hands of experienced trainers.
As the programme is still being rolled out across the business there is no definitive measurements for the effectiveness of the project, but the impact on SSE has been significant as we’ve since been commissioned for two more similar training products with the aim of creating a library of safety resources.