Smart Motorways M23: Safety on the Move

Safety Point is a pop-up unit which can be deployed in 60 seconds and moved from site to site when needed. It has bays where safety apparatus can be easily reached for all operatives to use.

The pod contents per the unit are 2kg powder extinguisher, standalone 100dB alarm, first aid kit and eyewash bottle, together with the Health and Safety Law poster and labelling as per the demonstration unit.

Kier SMP M23 are the first site in the UK to have acquired one of these units to aid operatives on the compound and on site.

As the unit can be easily transported to site, this allows us to have a focal meeting area, especially at nights during closures where briefings and toolbox talks can be undertaken for delivery drivers and crane operators whilst undertaking lifts who tend to go straight to site.

Each unit can be packed up and stored after the works finished and transported to the next project. This saves dismantling usual safety units and disregarding safety equipment at an expense to the project. It also minimises the risk of manual handling injuries as the unit is more compact, correct lifting handles and balanced weight. Traditional safety boards on projects are larger and constructed of wood, with the main weight being situated at the legs, making it difficult to handle and with a high risk of someone injuring their back.

The safety point is a massive advantage at nights for highlighting an emergency location when works tend to be much less than days and crews spread thinly across the network.

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