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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:

BAM Nuttall - Roy Jackson, Senior Safety Advisor

“BAM Nuttall has always tried to stay on top of the issue of HAVS and ensure the safety of our workforce. In the past, we were trying to accurately estimate the amount of vibration that staff were exposed to ourselves, but this was a lengthy and time-consuming process and we knew that we needed a better system. “When we first introduced HAVmeters two years ago, we saw them as the best option to use to stay ahead of the game on vibration safety. The devices give us a valuable monitoring system that makes sure we know who is working with what machinery and for how long - and provides us with accurate, detailed records of what our teams are exposed to. “We now use HAVmeters in every project where our staff operate vibrating equipment and it is easily the best system on the market for monitoring HAV exposure. By using this equipment, we ensure that we not only keep our workforce safe from injury but also have a robust defence in place to protect ourselves from liability when it comes to vibration issues.”