Freyssinet’s Senior Site Supervisor Ian Turp was recently presented with the 2018 Freyssinet Safety Award.
The annual award, judged by Safety Manager Darren Collinswood and the senior operations management team, is presented to an individual who has contributed a solution or innovation which improves safety in our activities.
Access issues were highlighted during works on Humber Bridge in Yorkshire, where Freyssinet was carrying out expansion joint replacement on the structure.
Emil Delport, Contract Manager on the project explains, “We had to design and supply a scaffold staircase system to gain access from the footpath level of the bridge up to road level in order to carry out our night shift work. We were required to remove the scaffold staircase unit at the end of each night shift, and therefore had to re-think the method.”
Ian, who has worked for Freyssinet for over 20 years, investigated the issue, finding a more user-friendly, safer and cost-effective method of work by introducing a nine-step excavation stair case unit that could be easily installed and removed during each night shift.
Emil added, “The excavation steps had anchor points at the top end that we used to secure at road level for easy safe access. This system saved around £2,000 per bridge end (2no ends, total £4k) over Phases 1 and 2 of the project programme, thanks to the ease of erecting, securing and dismantling a safe system of work during each shift without any loss in time and labour.”
Ian’s solution was recognised by Freyssinet’s senior operational management for not only improving safety on the project by ensuring there was a robust access system and a reduction of manual handling, but also providing economical value by saving time and money.