Freyssinet was awarded the prestigious Lord Cullen Trophy for Safety Performance at the annual Scottish Chamber of Safety Awards, held at the Scotland Works, Health & Safety Scotland Exhibition in Glasgow on 3 May.
The trophy, given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to improving health, safety and environmental issues, was awarded to Freyssinet in acknowledgement of its commitment and innovative approach to health and safety on SPT’s Glasgow Underground improvement scheme.
In a joint venture between Freyssinet UK and Major Project Repair BU, work started on the project in April 2015, incorporating annulus grouting, concrete lining repairs and water sealing, carried out during night-time closures.
Due to the complex nature of the working environment, Freyssinet has developed a number of innovative methods to ensure the safety of its employees and other subcontractors, and of the general public. These have included an overhead conveyor, designed and installed with help from Amber Industries, which has been used to transport grout materials into the tunnel and has substantially reduced manual handling, and a bespoke drilling rig, developed in conjunction with Sept Tools, which reduced the amount of working at height required and exposure to harmful levels of vibration and dust.
Freyssinet’s winning entry demonstrated the six principles of HSE’s Helping GB Work Well strategy – acting together, tackling ill health, managing risk well, supporting small employers, keeping pace with change and sharing success of good practice.
Freyssinet project manager Christophe Zapirain gave a short presentation on the winning entry at the awards ceremony, before being presented with Lord Cullen trophy, which will be displayed at Freyssinet’s head office in Telford, Shropshire for the next 12 months.
Norman Stevenson, Chairman of the Scottish Chamber of Safety said, “I warmly congratulate Freyssinet for their entry to the 2017 Scottish Chamber of Safety Award Scheme, incorporating the Lord Cullen Trophy… Christophe provided an excellent insight to his entry entitled ‘Overhead Conveyor and Drilling Rig’. He demonstrated throughout that Freyssinet in Glasgow by planning the job well had embraced the 6 principles of the HGBWW Strategy.”