Preventing collisions on a UK piling project
Our UK distributor, SiteZone Safety, were contacted by Suttle Projects as they prepared to work on a piling project in 2018.
Suttle Projects are specialist civil engineers with a varied portfolio of projects in onshore and inshore marine locations. Their civil engineering focus is on rail projects, marine, earthworks and drainage, and scour protection.
Suttle were undertaking works next to a major railway line in Hampshire. Works began in October 2017 on a failed railway cutting as it could have caused serious disruption to the Waterloo line at Winchfield.
Ten workers were on-site and operating in a confined area with several machines, including excavators and dump trucks.
Liam Tucker, Director at Suttle Projects, identified that our proximity warning system was a proven, reliable system that would solve the safety challenges they were experiencing.
With support from the SiteZone Safety team, Suttle Projects equipped ten workers with the SiteZone proximity warning tags and installed a SiteZone EasyFit and Dumper Advance systems on the relevant machines.
SiteZone Safety also carried out toolbox talks, informing the workers on how the system works, and how it should be applied according to their requirements.
Machine operators often report that they can’t see around large vehicle blind spots, so there was a need to ensure workers weren’t straying too close to working vehicles.
Suttle Projects were also keen on reducing the number of banksmen on site, whilst maintaining sound protection and safe systems of work for their site employees.
There was a positive change in attitude towards site safety, the team’s awareness of collision risk in particular. This reinforces our commitment to the health and safety of our employees, by introducing innovative techniques to remove man and machine interaction zones."