CIHT Awards 2014
Roadworker safety projects featured as outstanding achievements at the CIHT Awards, held at the Royal Courts of Justice, London.
CIHT/Lafarge Tarmac Health & Safety at Work Award
Winner: A-one+ Integrated Highways Services for their work on No Strikes IPV Awareness Training. The project saw the company actively engage with the haulage industry to raise awareness of Impact Protection Vehicles after seven of its IPVs were hit by HGVs in four years. Operation staff from A-one+ visited haulage and logistics companies around the country to deliver the training directly to more than 500 HGV drivers.
Commended: Eurovia Infrastructure Limited for their illuminated reversing wands, which were introduced to improve the effectiveness of banksmen at night and in poor weather conditions.
Highways Magazine Excellence Awards 2014
Roadworker safety projects were highlighted at the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards, held at the Lancaster London.
Site Safety Initiative Award
Winner: Balfour Beatty Mott Macdonald on behalf of the Highways Agency for the Near Miss Reporting App. The Near Miss Reporting App enables workers to report near misses anonymously, in real time and from any location and was described by the judges as “a great innovation”.
The project was also awarded the judges’ special merit award as it raised an important safety issue.
Highways England Supplier Recognition Awards 2014
From left to right are Martin Pollard, Chevron Traffic Management Limited, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, and Paul Mitchell, Head of Health and Safety at the Highways Agency.
RoWSaF wins prestigious Prince Michael road safety award
The Road Workers' Safety Forum has been recognised at the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards for its collaborative work and innovations to make roadworks safer. The team picked up the award from His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent at a ceremony at The Savoy in London on Tuesday 10 December.
Paul Mitchell, Head of Health and Safety at the Highways Agency, said:
"This award is a fantastic recognition for the years of hard work put in by all of the RoWSaF partners. There is no doubt that the new techniques and procedures that we have introduced have saved lives, but there is still work to do and the forum will continue to drive forward innovations that make roadworks safer for everyone."
In making their recommendation for an award to His Royal Highness, the judges said:
"This highly innovative and effective forum brings together, in partnership, those responsible for the engineering workforce, the combined knowledge and experience of so many commercial and statutory organisations, and ensures that the highest levels of duty of care are in force."
Simplified traffic management layouts have enabled the removal of the 200-yard and 600-yard 'lane closed ahead' signs, reducing the number of signs required to warn of roadworks ahead. Since the simplified layouts were introduced, it is estimated there has been a 40 per cent reduction in the number of times that road workers have to cross live carriageways to set up and remove signs in the central reserve.
Connect Plus has reported more than 500,000 carriageway crossings being removed on the M25, while A-one+ has estimated the removal of 5,734 working hours when road workers would have been otherwise exposed to the risk of working in live lanes
Paul Mitchell adds:
"RoWSaF is proud of the scale and momentum that has been generated around road worker safety – the changes that have been implemented and adopted by the industry, the willingness to challenge current practises and share best practise, and the enthusiasm from every member organisation to make a real difference."
CIHT Awards 2013
Road worker safety projects featured as outstanding achievements at the CIHT Awards event held on 13 June at Madame Tussauds, London
CIHT/Lafarge Tarmac Health & Safety at Work Award
Winner: BAM, Nuttall Morgan Sindall Joint Venture for their work on the M62 Junction 25-30 managed motorway project, which is paving the way for better road worker safety by becoming the first major project to deliver zero carriageway crossings as part of the Highway Agency’s ‘Aiming for Zero’ strategy.
CIHT John Smart Road Safety Award
Winner: A-one+ Integrated Highway Services for their work in using simplified traffic management technology that enabled the removal of the 200 yard and 600 yard 'lane closed ahead' signs, reducing the number of times that road workers have to cross the live carriageway to set up and remove signs in the central reserve.
CIHT/Ringway Innovation Award
Highly commended: The Colas Traffic Safety System, which uses CCTV installed on Impact Protection Vehicles to actively monitor the surrounding proximity of vehicles. If any encroaching vehicle is picked up by the CCTV system both audio and visual warnings are activated to alert the workers of approaching danger so that they have time to move to a safe position.
More information on the full list of winning, highly commended and commended projects is available in the CIHT Awards 2013 supplement at www.ciht.org.uk/awards2013.
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