How construction company Mace reduces road danger
As part of its partnership work with TfL and the Construction Logistics and Community Safety community LCC is looking at some of the innovative approaches to reducing road danger and improving safety implemented by CLOCS members
Mace is a leading UK construction firm with a £1.7 billion turnover which recently completed the unusual Tate Modern Extension and is working with Tottenham Hotspur on the construction of their new football stadium. It was one of the earliest CLOCS champions and has a policy of ‘Safety First, No Compromise’
“Vehicle sent away” – it’s not a common entry in Mace construction site records (because suppliers should know what the Mace rules are) but it does occur and there is inevitably a reason such as failing to meet required safety standards. HGV’s that arrive at Mace sites without evidence of FORS (Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme) membership, for example, are not admitted on site. CLOCS champion status incorporates the principle that not only the ‘champions’’ own vehicles meet FORS standards but all contractors and subcontractors have to meet them as well.
HGVs don’t just turn up at Mace sites. Given the number of sites it runs and the scale of Mace’s operations the company has a system of booking in all deliveries. At site gates drivers have to respond to seven basic safety questions that draw on FORS and CLOCS standards:
1.Do you have proof of quality certification (FORS or Equivalent)?
2. Have you been provided with a traffic routing plan to this site by your employer?
3. Do you have means of recording accidents?
4. Is your vehicle equipped with an enhanced audible warning system?
5. Does your vehicle have cycle warning signage on the rear of the vehicle?
6. Is your vehicle equipped with side under-run protection?
7 .Is your vehicle equipped with a blind-spot minimisation system (such as class VI mirrors, Fresnel lens or cameras)?
The yes/no answers are entered by the security staff on YellowJacket software and a record is kept of any problems with deliveries (entering via an incorrect gate and causing delay for example) and of vehicles that are turned away.
The design of safe access routes is a requirement at Mace sites and can involve detailed instructions at every turn, along with an assessment of risk at these points. Where there are significant hazards marshals are employed to guide vehicles to the site.
The company also trials complex vehicle movements on a test site, before routes are firmed up, to ensure that drivers, vehicles and marshals will be able to enter urban sites safely. Giant Lego barriers are set up in the trial area and vehicles are a manoeuvred in and out.