Kier Construction

Highways England Blue Star for the SMP M23

Published 11 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesPPE Roads Traffic management Working methods
The SHE team working on the M23 SMART Motorways Programme have recently implemented Overhead Safe. Developed by Carnell’s Innovation Team as a Personal Hazard Alert System, Overhead Safe is worn by members of the site team where it provides a clear and visible warning of overhead hazards by illuminating the vest when it is within a designated warning zone. It...

National Walk to School Week

Published 10 September 2019 | No comments
Written by Natalie Webster
CategoriesCommunity liaison Healthy lifestyle advice Schools Worker fatigue
During National Walk to School Week 2019, (20th – 25th May), our site team at Bishop Ellis Primary School joined with the pupils and teachers on their walk to school. The pupils were encouraged to ask any questions they may have about the new building, which led to some interesting conversations. The site team were happy to get involved in...

Remote Controlled Barriers

Published 1 July 2019 | No comments
Written by John Quarless
CategoriesAccess/egress Barriers Protected and controlled access Traffic management
An operative stood on the gate daily, and the only task he was expected to carry out was to operate the barriers. Doing such a job bred boredom and isolation, which led to an increase in mobile phone usage on site. Mobile phone use is one of the biggest causes of incidents across the industry due to the operative’s concentration...

Cool Rush Hard Hat Insert

Published 13 June 2019 | No comments
Written by Steven Bromfield
CategoriesWeather protection
Working on construction projects provides all members of the construction team with a varied and ever changing work place. It also means that some trades are exposed to the elements and extremes of temperature. For a number of years, helmet liners have been available for cold weather working, however there has been little to assist workers in the warm summer...

Hasman Aeroseal

Published 24 May 2019 | No comments
Written by Gwen Blair
CategoriesBuilding maintenance Debris Dust prevention Fixtures and fittings Re-use Reduce Sustainable solutions Worker fatigue
The Hasman Aeroseal re-uses an existing piece of ventilation, reducing the waste produced by removing the existing ventilation, reducing the operatives’ workloads, limiting the creation of dust and cost needed to implement a new ventilation system, as well as maintaining the aesthetics of the final build. The HASMAN solution has meant that the team can quickly and effectively rejuvenate the...


Published 24 May 2019 | No comments
Written by Gwen Blair
CategoriesEmergency procedures Risk information
On site, we are always looking to reduce the risk of fire and protect the environment, site, workforce and public from the damages of heat and residual heat. On this project, we have been using FLIR ONE, which is a temperature censoring camera that can be attached to a mobile phone. The device is a quick, effective and inexpensive tool...

The efficient demolition of a bridge over a motorway

Published 26 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Lucy Hingley
CategoriesAdvance notice of disruptive works Newsletter Pre-start information Sensitivity to neighbours Working hours
After months of planning and detailed communications, teams working on the M6 junction 13 to 15 smart motorway project in Stafford, successfully demolished Burton Bank Footbridge on the night of Saturday 23 March in just under 12 hours. The project team worked throughout the night to prepare and demolish the bridge and then undertake a massive clean-up operation to make...

Safe Access and Egress

Published 23 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesAccess/egress Communicate initiatives Daily briefing Driver information Hazard board Protected and controlled access Traffic management
The SHE team working on the M23 SMART Motorways Project have recently implemented an initiative to improve the flow of information with regards to access and exit changes throughout the road works. Until recently, the team had relied on daily updates emailed out on a scale drawing, and the problem with that was that any changes throughout the day wasn’t...

Rebloc Vario Guard

Published 23 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesTraffic management Traffic management arrangements
SMP M23 is the first project to use the Rebloc © – RB80SA_12 barrier. The Spur Road heading into Gatwick has always been a pinch point and as the main road into the airport, it was always going to be a difficult decision as to what type of TM would be suitable at this location. Gatwick Airport have been very...

Utilities Signage

Published 23 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesRisk information Safety signage Utility works
Cable strikes form a significant safety challenge for the construction industry utility sector, and such incidents can result in death or injury for the workforce as well as costing companies millions of pounds in associated damages and compensation costs. Damage to underground services can cause fatal or severe injuries (HSE 2005) as well as the potential for fire and explosions,...

Milwaukee Band-Saw

Published 23 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesNoise Occupational health risks Sensitivity to neighbours Wildlife
The SHE team working on the M23 SMART Motorways Programme recently helped trial the use of a band-saw in collaboration with supply chain partner NFF as part of the VRS decommissioning works. The aim was to use alternative methods where the risk of fire from hot works was too great to use traditional cutting with a circular saw, as well...

Improving the Customer Journey

Published 23 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Lucy Hingley
CategoriesPublic diversions Traffic management Traffic management arrangements Utility works
The M6 J13-15 smart motorway scheme falls within the busy stretch of the M6 between Stafford and Stoke. This is a crucial part of the Strategic Road Network and an important element of Highways England’s plan to create a “smart spine” connecting London and the North West. The project has installed a unique contraflow system – a first for smart...

M23 Smart Motorways: Talking to our Customers

Published 18 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesCommunity notice board Facilities for visitors Public diversions Routes Traffic management arrangements Updates
‘The Talking Sign’ is a brand-new initiative designed by Kier in conjunction with Chevron, which is based on their intercom system normally used for residents awaiting escort through work areas. The Talking Sign was showcased recently at Gatwick Airport and was well received by stakeholders, Highways England and customers as it is the only ‘live’, up to the minute, works...

Colour run charity event at Marlborough House School

Published 18 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Fiona Beal
CategoriesCharities/organisations Goodwill Nurseries Schools
After showing interest to get involved with any upcoming events during our 16 weeks’ constructing on the school’s property, we were approached by the school staff and asked if we would be interested in supporting a charity event which was to be held on the last day of Spring Term. We jumped at the chance to be involved and worked...

Smart Motorways M23: Safety on the Move

Published 16 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Emergency procedures First Aid Workforce information
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...