Last week, the Line 1 Quito Metro-ACCIONA Consortium presented the “Circus of Safety” to its workers to mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The show consisted of eight performances in which around 1,500 workers, including subcontractors, took part.
The aim of this initiative was to strengthen, improve and raise awareness of the health and safety culture among our workers, and the importance of preventing risks in their daily work by using a different, participative and fun format.
The theme of the circus revolved around six main characters:the trapeze artist to show the risks involved in working at heights; the strongman, illustrating correct body postures and the use of gloves when handling loads; the clown, representing the eagerness to be recognised in tasks for which the person is unprepared, carrying out all kinds of unsafe actions; the master of ceremonies, responsible for control and direction to ensure that actions are carried out as planned, in an orderly, safe and clean way; the juggler, responsible for planning and coordinating the work, anticipating risky situations; and lastly the tamer of risks, who illustrates how risks are present even in tasks carried out by the most confident worker, and which must be controlled.
Magic was another central theme in the show.Through his tricks, the magician showed the workers that “the magic of safety” is not only present in dreams, but must also be a reality in their daily lives.
Each performance also included an entertaining video, comparing classic film scenes featuring construction work with images from the construction of the Quito Metro, highlighting the evolution in occupational health and safety.
This initiative complements the safety training received by employees of the Quito Metro, as explained by Bryan Carrillo, the trainer for the show.
“More than learning, the aim has been to strengthen the daily safety talks.It is important to replicate these types of activities, because you can really reach people through humour, ensuring that workers involve themselves in safety”.
The satisfaction surveys carried out at the end of each performance have shown that the safety message really got through to people, who understand that this type of activity helps to instil a culture of safety and gave an overall rating to the show of “Excellent”.
During the same week, the space was also used for four additional performances to more than 470 people from the community, from the neighbourhoods of Quitumbe; Solanda; Quito Sur; Morán Valverde; El Recreo; San Francisco; El Ejido, and various residents from La Pradera, Jipijapa and Alameda.
In these performances, which were more generic, the message focused on respect for the city and its residents, eradicating child labour, and messages about mobility and the functioning of public transport.
Around 50 “micro-circus” sessions are planned this year in various education centres in the city, to put across the message of respect and best practices on this sustainable project, reinforcing the amenities of the future public transport system and instilling messages about eradicating child labour.The aim of this educational but entertaining format is to inspire a social conscience among young people aged between eight and 16.
The cast of the Circus of Safety, as well as the extras, are all part of the “Circo de Luz” group, a municipal program that provides a space for young people who are passionate about the circus arts.The “Circo de Luz” gives young people a step up by helping them to find their path in life and is intended to train entrepreneurs, instructors and enthusiasts through juggling, trapeze, acrobatics and theatre workshops.ACCIONA, through the Line 1 Consortium of the Quito Metro, is supporting and raising awareness of the talent of these young people.
The “Circus of Safety”, organised by the Line 1 Quito Metro-ACCIONA Consortium, is a unique, original and creative initiative that uses occupational health and safety themes in a classic show, teaching messages about respect and social responsibility.