Removing people from risky environments
New technologies powered by building information modelling (BIM) are reducing instances where people and machinery must work in close proximity; situations that are inherently high-risk to site operatives.
In our infrastructure services and civil engineering businesses, for example, we are working with excavators equipped with mobile devices that link back to the model on highways and rail projects. The excavator’s location is tracked and the operator is guided through grading and excavation works according to the information in the model. This reduces the requirement for personnel to work alongside the machinery to set the boundaries for excavation.
Advances in industrialisation and offsite manufacturing are also supported by the information in the models and our collaborative approach. Where possible, we equip our teams to construct components in offsite factories, which are inherently safer than site environments. Looking to the future, we are leading on a number of research projects – including robotics – that have the potential to further improve safety standards.
Safety documentation is most valuable when it can be easily accessed. The common data environment (CDE) makes all documentation, such as site-specific safety plans, maintenance plans, site diaries and safety checklists, available to everybody through tablets and other mobile devices. In addition to accessing this safety and risk documentation, operatives can use these field tools to share information on identified hazards.
Sites are equipped with BIM ‘stations’ where groups can meet and plan their works using the model. These stations are used in site inductions to ensure that everyone on site our employees and supply chain partners alike – understand the context of their work and the associated risks.
We are seeing even greater results when gamification techniques are used to immerse people in the 3D model. These technologies bring situations to life from a user’s perspective. Risks can be viewed in context helping personnel to better understand the safety hazards before going on site.
Our approach to safety
Fostering a culture of care and concern for others is the mission of our Injury-FreeEnvironment (IFE) programme. We empower everyone to challenge unsafe behaviour. We have a no-blame culture; learning from accidents and incidents, however they occur, is key to protecting people better in the future.