Celebrating National Women in Engineering Day

Published 6 July 2016 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesCareers advice Diversity Equality Minority groups Schools
To celebrate women in engineering and support and encourage more women to consider a career in engineering or construction, we developed a series of activities to celebrate National Women in Engineering Day (NWED). These encouraged staff to take the opportunity to understand a bit more about how the role of women in engineering has changed and continues to change in...

Engage for Success Programme

Published 28 June 2016 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesEmployed Management attitudes Open door policy
We often hear phrases along the lines that our people are our biggest asset. Whilst this statement may be true, we recognised that how we listen to our people can be a big indication of whether we take this statement seriously. As part of our business culture where ‘developing, valuing and respecting our people’ is one of our key values,...

Modular Bridging System

Published 20 June 2016 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesPublic diversions Roads Routes Timings Traffic management arrangements Working methods
Bishopthorpe South Bridge is located on the A64 dual carriageway carrying traffic over the River Ouse. The aim was to install a new bridge joint with a 40 year service life, whilst minimising disturbance to the travelling public during construction i.e. maintaining two lanes of traffic across the bridge during the day. During the design traffic management solutions (full closure with...

Personal Health MOT’s

Published 16 May 2016 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesConsultants Health screening Healthy lifestyle advice Recreation
We recognised that no matter how healthy we all are, there is always room for improvement, and the health and wellbeing of our staff is important both to the business and individuals, after all we spent a good proportion of our time at work. We introduced personal health MOTs as part of our health and wellbeing programme, to give our...

Barrier Removals on Highways

Published 10 May 2016 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesBarriers Roads
A-one+ have identified, developed with a manufacturer, and introduced a new approach to safety barrier post removal on the highway network. We realised there was a  need to change the method of post extraction on safety grounds and challenge the industry standard methods which have been well established for over 30 years. We examined current methods used across the industry in the UK...

Time Lapse Photography Supports Litter Campaign

Published 9 May 2016 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesCampaigns Education Flooding Litter Public Rubbish Social media Surrounding roads/pavements Workforce involvement and awareness
In 2014, A-one+ picked 8,895 bags of litter from the Area 12 (Yorkshire & Humber) project, and in 2015 A-one+ picked 13,780 bags of litter. This 2015 figure represents a 55% increase since 2014. Putting this in context, in 2015 A-one+ picked on average 53 bags of litter every weekday of the year – laid side by side enough to...

Celebrating a Safe Workplace

Published 1 April 2016 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Feedback Workforce consultation
Highways service provider A-one+ has reached the milestone of one thousand days and four million working hours without a reportable accident in Area 12. The company has a long standing commitment to health, safety and welfare, underpinned by the company value of ‘Always putting safety first’. Employee survey results helped shape a health and safety strategy and new ways of...

Bring Your Child to Work Day 2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5

Published 31 March 2016 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesEmployed Induction and training Vehicle enhancements Workforce
Our Area 12 STEM Ambassador Group arranged a ‘Bring your child to work day’ during the summer holidays to encourage more young people to consider Engineering as a career and provide greater awareness of our construction and engineering activities around the network. This allowed us to reach local communities, to share what we do and why we do what we...

The GRIT Awards: Recognising our Excellent Staff

Published 2 March 2016 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesBenefits Feedback Management attitudes Recognition Reward
Our GRIT employee award scheme recognises achievements, good work, commitment above and beyond, and dedication of our staff. This internal award scheme is an expression of our business aim to develop, value and recognise our staff as our biggest asset. Posters, e-communication and start of shift briefings promote the scheme to our staff. Each quarter our own staff have the...

Remote Control Grass Cutting

Published 1 March 2016 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working hours
As part of routine maintenance of highways we need to cut extensive amounts of grass along the highway verges including on uneven ground and up and down embankments. We know that slips, trips and falls are some of our bigger risks, and that alternative plant to carry out these tasks can include use of vibrating tools (e.g. strimmers) with associated...

Real Time Active Traffic Management on Diversion Routes

Published 1 March 2016 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesDriver information Public diversions Roads Routes Timings Traffic management arrangements
We recognised a need to better look after road users in our community on local diversion routes, when other routes are closed for maintenance or construction work overnight, ensuring improved safety for everyone on often unfamiliar diversion routes. Diversion routes also changed each night so we needed a smart mobile solution to better meet our local community needs. We researched...

Accommodating Local Businesses During Works

Published 29 February 2016 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesAccess/egress Advance notice of disruptive works Businesses Goodwill Obstruction Pre-start information Public diversions Routes Timings Working hours
During a three week surfacing scheme, planned road closures would result in restricted access to and from a local business. With the A64 comprising two lanes with no hard-shoulder at this location, essential surfacing maintenance work required full road closures of the westbound carriageway, and Paradise Lane directly accesses the A64 in the closed length. The works were programmed over...

STEM Ambassador Group 1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Published 29 June 2015 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesCareers advice Corporate Social Responsibility action plan Employed
We have established our STEM Ambassador Group based in A-one+ MAC Area 12. This group brings together registered STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Ambassadors and those interested in career skills development and promoting engineering. Cementing our commitment to this initiative, the group is chaired by our Human Resources Director and local senior managers. We originally started with four STEM Ambassadors....

Partnership Training with Freight Transport Industry 1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Published 6 March 2015 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesConsultants Identification of near misses Recording accidents Roads Safety plan updated Supply chain Traffic management arrangements Training Workforce consultation
As part of ensuring everyone’s safety we developed and implemented our No Strikes training initiative with the freight transport industry, to enhance the safety of the public and our workforce. Through recording near misses and accidents, we identified a high incident rate of HGV collisions with our traffic management vehicles, whilst we were setting our traffic management on the strategic...