Highways England has celebrated reaching a massive milestone for safety at work.
The team, which monitors and manages the country’s road network, has notched up a million hours of work without injury.
Millions of hours saved
Carillion, which undertakes some highway maintenance work on behalf of UK Highways, achieved the milestone of 4 years without any of its employees on the motorway suffering a work-related injury.
They also reached 2 years without any working time lost due to incidents on the M40 – the equivalent of over a million man hours.
Methods used to reach this goal include increasing engagement between management and operatives to address the challenges and counter complacency, and a new planning hub and regular briefings to showcase best working practice during night shifts.
They also reviewed and shared any innovative practice and operated a “Don’t Walk By” system to create a safer working environment.
Safety a ‘complex operation’
Steve Field, Operations Manager at UK Highways, said: “Managing the health and safety of our staff is a complex operation, with four shift patterns across three depots combined with the unknown of drivers who are on the motorway while we work.
“By ensuring all employees have a thorough induction to generate a culture of challenge, and by engaging with our people, we make working in this high-risk environment safe and embrace the ‘Target Zero’ policy towards tolerance of workplace danger. We have a genuine belief that the safety of our people is the most important part of what we do.”
Highways England team leader Menir Khan added: “Safety is Highways England’s top priority, and we’re keen to foster and share best practice of safe working across our road network.
“While we look to minimise the risk to our drivers and our operatives through our traffic management and working outside of peak hours, working on the motorway will always be a high-risk environment. UK Highways have led the way in showing how to minimise this risk to increase the safety of their staff and ensure that everyone goes home safely at the end of their shift. We will be sharing this practice and looking to see it replicated across our road network.”
Date Published: April 8, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown