Developing new ways to reduce dangerous working activities on railway projects

Ensuring the safety of the workforce should be at the forefront of constructors’ minds.

It is vital that all risks are identified and mitigated accordingly, minimising the potential risks posed to the workforce.

Below is an example of a signal which has been developed to reduce hazards on railway sites:

  • A new lightweight signal was pioneered, which could be carried and erected by hand;
  • The signal uses a traffic light warning system;
  • The base of the signal (RamPad) is a basket that can be hand-carried to site, where a hole is dug and the basket is filled with the spoil.

This method proves better than piling, pre cast or concrete bases that are expensive and require plant.

The RamPad base is suitable for the lightweight structures, which are hinged so they can be lowered for maintenance, instead of conventional systems which require ladders and platforms to access.

This has eliminated hazards such as working at heights and the dangers of overhead live electricity cables.

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Monitor Report, Staffordshire Alliance, Midlands, December 2014

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