This week is Road Safety Week, a crucial date in our calendar as logistics play such an important role in our business and sites.
This week we are running a series of blogs in relation to road safety, and today we speak to Andy Carson, operations director of our Highways Business Unit to find out more about the importance of road safety.
Andy said: “Safety is absolutely imperative to everything we do here at nmcn. We’re working with Highways England on the RDP framework and the CWF Area 7 & 9 and we echo their approach by ensuring the highest standards are maintained to keep the public, our customers and our people safe.
“Having a safe, tidy site also helps us to positively promote the nmcn image and deliver works more efficiently as well as keeps traffic flowing to limit the disruption to the public.
“My delivery teams are passionate about safety and my team also includes a QESH Manager and QESH advisors – they make sure we are fully compliant with legislation. We also conduct regular audits to help support our site managers and ensure works are delivered safely.”
Regular maintenance of traffic management plays a key part in keeping everyone safe. Andy added: “Maintenance is a big part of our job. We ensure traffic and pedestrian management is regularly inspected, signs are kept clean so they can be read clearly, traffic cones are cleaned and barriers and fencing maintained to ensure the safe passage of the public through roadworks.
“A tidy site is a safe site and when you are driving through roadworks, traffic management which is well maintained and set out with the road user in mind, gives the road user confidence.”
The importance of road and site safety is something that nmcn are keen to pass on to future generations.
Andy said: “We have started working with the Ruth Gorse Academy in Leeds. It’s difficult at the moment due to lockdown, but we are looking at ways we can interact with the students there and educate them about health & safety. Our aim is to build construction into their curriculum and have the students visit our sites to get a real insight into the sector.
“The school was chosen as it has lots of feeder schools from the local area, so we should be able to reach about 10,000 students which will be incredible. It’s also adjacent to the M621 project we are working on with Highways England.”
Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event, co-ordinated annually by road safety charity Brake. The event this year has the theme ‘no need for speed’. Find out more about the week here.
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