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Ecosan apprentice Charlotte Webb, based in Ashford, takes control after colleage suffers accident while health and safety inspectors are on site

06 March 2014
by Chris Price

Heavy winds and a swinging lorry door meant an apprentice had to call upon her new health and safety skills on a day when inspectors were on site.

Office administrator Charlotte Webb, 19, called an ambulance and guided crews to the office of family-run EcoSan in Ashford after a colleague had an accident at work.

Warehouse operative Judith Osbourn was hit on the head when a van door swung open in the high winds, and Miss Webb quickly took control of the situation.

Ecosan apprentice Charlotte Webb with director Sonja Wood

Ecosan apprentice Charlotte Webb with director Sonja Wood

Her actions impressed auditors for BSH, who were inspecting the business for a health and safety accreditation.

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Miss Webb – who is studying for a Level 2 in business and administration through Learn Direct – also took the initiative to document all the events.

EcoSan director Sonja Wood said: “Charlotte is a credit to the company, and to young apprentices everywhere, as to what can be achieved.

“She is due to finish her apprenticeship in April with EcoSan, and we have offered her a permanent position within the company.”

Miss Webb added: “My apprenticeship has been good, and I like the fact it is work-based. I don’t go to college but do all my training here, so I’m really part of the team.”

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