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Blog: Featured finalist - Cable Free Initiative (WIllmott Dixon)

17 May 2018

Health, Safety & Wellbeing

Location: Cobham, Surrey

Project contract value: £5m



To eliminate trailing leads and the safety issues that are associated with their use, Willmott Dixon decided to trial a cable free initiative at one of their smaller projects. Meeting with the supply chain to discuss proposed plans to use battery powered tools only, overall criticism was that cordless tools would be unable to match the power of cabled tools. Willmott Dixon approached Milwaukee and Speedy Hire with a list of the most commonly used tools by the supply chain, asking them to provide alternative tools that would match the power or better it. The supply chain, senior management and group safety inspector where invited to a workshop to discuss how they could reduce the hazards of slip, trips and falls on projects and to review and challenge the types of tools and batteries on offer.

In addition to reducing incidents on site during the cable free trial, Willmott Dixon also found that over 50% of the tools had dust management systems in place, meaning the operative no longer requires RPE. The Cable Free Initiative has now been rolled out across the region and cable free sites are mandatory on all Willmott Dixon projects.

The winner of the Health, Safety and Wellbeing category will be announced at the awards ceremony and gala dinner on the 28th of June at the Royal Lancaster, London. For more information or to book a table click here.


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