View PDF

Carillion Plc

Carillion is an integrated support services company with a substantial portfolio of Public Private Partnership projects and extensive construction capabilities. Site Agent Jonathan Long is currently overseeing the platform refurbishment project at Glasgow Central Rail Station, and is pleased that bringing Reactec’s HAVmeter system on site to monitor Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) has resulted in a significant increase in worker protection and productivity, and a cost saving of at least £3,000 for the project in labour costs alone in just 18 months.

Jonathan said: “Jobs on site include a lot of breakout work and drilling, particularly at the start of the project. This requires the use of a range of power tools, all of which generate vibration at varying levels, so our team members are frequently exposed.

“For previous projects we had been using a paper-based system for HAV monitoring, in line with the guidelines set out by the HSE. We found, however, that self-monitoring by individual employees was not the most accurate way to record vibration exposure, as much of the records were based on rough estimations. An employee might have had a power tool out for an hour, but only used it for a few short bursts of activity within that hour, or conversely been on a breaker for three hours non-stop, so the time recorded could be highly inaccurate.

“It was also really time-consuming to compile and analyse data reports, and difficult to know which tools were putting our workers most at risk, but all of these problems are addressed with the HAVmeter system.”

Carillion implemented the HAVmeter – the industry standard for monitoring and managing HAV exposure and operator tool management – in 2011 when work at Glasgow Central Station began. Jonathan estimates that by adopting the system, Carillion has saved an estimated £3,000 in labour costs alone over the past 18 months, in terms of the time taken to record data and compile reports for 12 operatives and an engineer. The HAVmeter completely automates the entire monitoring, data collection and reporting process – from operator exposure levels to detailed records of tool usage – so managers can proactively manage HAVS risk, plan efficient tool allocation and improve worker efficiency.

Jonathan said: “As with any project of this nature, there are several and serious he and safety risks to mitigate against, including live adjacent railway and overhead line equipment, plant movements and engineering trains. HAVS is an important occupational health risk in its own right, but thanks to the HAVmeter system I am reassured that this risk is under control.

“Improving business practices and the health and safety of our employees are always priorities for Carillion. The HAVmeter system has allowed our employees to effectively control their own exposure to vibration, saving time and money which was spent on the old cumbersome paper-based system, and improving worker efficiency.”

Testimonial:

Historic Scotland - Andrew Nisbet, Works Manager

“We have introduced the HAVmeters at our sites along the Antonine Wall before rolling it out at our other properties. These sites require constant grounds maintenance and the meters allow us to ensure that staff are not being exposed to excessive levels of vibration. We regularly assess our staff exposure but the meters allow us an extra degree of safety by alerting our teams when the overuse of equipment could be harmful. We have just started using the meters as our summer season starts and will be monitoring the results that they produce. We have found them easy to put in place. They will now be rolled out to teams across other properties, including some of the most famous historic landmarks in the country.”