Equipment tagging systems help keep workers safe

PPE - July 15, 2013 - 0 comments

Scafftag has been helping to keep BBMV workers safe on the major Crossrail project by custom designing and producing a series of equipment tagging systems. BBMV is a joint venture comprising of four of the world’s leading construction companies; Balfour Beatty, Alpine BeMO Tunnelling, Morgan Sindall and VINCI Construction. The four have joined to form a civil engineering partnership of excellence. Crossrail is a £14 billion project to build a major new railway under Central London, which will link Berkshire and Buckinghamshire via Greater London to Essex.

BBMV is using a range of bespoke designed tagging systems to inform workers of the latest equipment status throughout the work on Crossrail. These include tags for concrete pumps, lorry loading cranes, mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), ride on rollers and road sweepers. Each tag ensures that the operator carries out daily pre-use inspections on the plant.

To ensure all pieces of plant equipment on site are safe to use and have passed the latest inspection, workers at the Whitechapel and Liverpool Street Station tunnel sites always look for the plant tags – which are securely fastened to the equipment in a clearly visible place.

Ed Morgan, BBMV Plant Manager for Crossrail said: “We make sure that at the start of each shift the operator carries out all of the prescribed safety checks and signs the tag If the machine has any defect, the operator must report it to the supervisor and reverse the card to display a clear ‘do not use sign’. No one can then operate the machine until the fault has been fixed.”

Ed continued: “The implementation of the Scafftag equipment tagging systems has simplified our inspection process.”

The tags feature Scafftag’s unique holder and insert system. The insert slots into a rigid nylon holder with space for three cards – one for each shift. The inserts and holders are customised to suit each type of machine being used on site. The system is very effective because it allows for personalised tags to be produced for new plant entering the site, which is a regular occurrence on an active project.

The plant equipment tags used on site are ideal as they complement BBMV’s existing ‘permit to work systems’ and other control procedures. The tags also ensure that the latest status is instantly visible at the point of use and that any maintenance issues are flagged and promptly addressed.

Different divisions and sites within the Balfour Beatty business have used the same format of tag, but with a slightly different layout, in order to meet the specific needs and requirements of the project and workers. It is now recognised as best practice within a number of different projects including, BBMV (Crossrail), BFK (Crossrail) and Balfour Beatty Major Projects including the M25 widening (Skanska Joint Venture) and Costain Skanska Joint Venture (Crossrail).

BBMV are also using other Scafftag products including a bespoke pipe-marking and directional flow solution – robust enough for use within the tunnelling environment. They have also implemented Safetrak which uses RFID technology to digitally plan, inspect and report their weekly inspection of the concrete pipe degradation monitoring. This has been benchmarked by Crossrail as best practice.

BBMV uses Scafftag because they help provide a valuable, safety enhancing contribution to their zero harm culture.



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