John's Future Has Healthy Look after Redundancy

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Byline: Karen Dent

AFORMER steelworker who was made redundant in the recent round of jobs cuts at Teesside Cast Products in Redcar has used the skills he gains during 38 years in the industry to start his own business.

John Buckton h s launched M-and-D Health and Safety Consultants in the town to help businesses organise their health and safety policies.

Mr Buckton spent five years as his union health and safety representative and gained his occupational health and safety qualifications while working for Corus.

During almost four decades in the steel industry, he has seen some fundamental changes in the way health and safety is viewed.

"I joined British Steel in 1972. That was two years before the Health & Safety at Work Act came in, so hard hats weren't even in use then and the men wore flat caps," said Mr Buckton.

"Obviously, things are very different nowadays with requirements on everything from safety policy and risk assessment to working with hazardous substances and guidance on manual handling."

He worked with UK Steel Enterprise, which was set up by Corus to work with people made redundant from the industry, and received start-up funding, help and advice. …

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