Major milestone showcases success of health and safety plans on bypass build15th Apr 2022

Celebrating a milestone of more than 1.3 million hours, or 1,100 days, worked on site, is proof that health and safety was paramount to the Caernarfon and Bontnewydd bypass.

The Balfour Beatty Jones Bros Joint Venture mobilised on site in February 2019 with the operational delivery team made up of approximately 100 staff from both JV partners.

Key hazards and risks associated with the works were:

• Delivering 17 large structures and major earthworks
• Lifting operations
• Excavations
• Deep drainage
• Interface with existing public routes; works in and around watercourses
• Blasting
• Heavy plant including large excavators and a fleet of around 35 dumper trucks

The HSE team, which included representatives from both JV partners, provided advice and robust HSE solutions for the operational team, which included:

• Documentation review
• Daily site tours and inspections
• Coaching and mentoring for all
• HSE meetings and training
• Workforce consultation meetings
• Duty holder roles, including first aid, fire marshal, mental health, behavioural safety training and Covid-19 compliance

With a proactive and hands-on approach to health and safety, the team developed a transparent, positive, and no blame culture, where any achievements were celebrated together.

Crucially, the important message of health and safety didn’t stop there as the JV welcomed partner organisations and local farmers to a Boots on the Ground event to help improve health and safety in construction and agricultural industries.

The scheme also benefited from a dedicated on-site public liaison officer, who engaged with the wider community and local groups to continue driving the message of danger around construction sites.

Mike Jolley, senior health, safety, and environment manager for Jones Bros, said: “Health and safety is of the upmost importance in any job we do, no matter how big or small. This is evidenced by our track record in achieving continual RoSPA gold awards.

“Obviously, the bigger the project means that the chances of something going wrong increases, so to see a scheme as sizeable as the Caernarfon and Bontnewydd bypass without a major incident is fantastic.

“There was a wonderful buy-in from everyone working on the project towards health and safety, and the outcome shows exactly what the right attitude and robust advice can create.”