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Safe from the start

Creating safe and healthy workplaces is a priority we all share. Building information modelling is a vital tool that helps identify risks, creating the safest possible environments for employees and the communities in which we work. Our target is zero accidents. This is a huge challenge in an industry that often involves dangerous machinery, heavy loads and working at height – often in confined spaces.

Through using 3D models linked to the construction programme we can better visualise sites at each stage of the process. Risks such as groundwork penetrations, temporary changes in levels, leading edges and tasks that will necessitate working at heights can be far more accurately modelled than with traditional 2D drawings. With these visualisations we are able to develop more insightful site-specific safety plans.

The visualisations are also incredibly valuable for exploring ‘what-if’ scenarios. If we can visualise deliveries and pedestrian access, for example, we can better understand where problems might arise and how these scenarios can be best managed to reduce risk.

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.

Communicating safety

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.