Blog: Health, Safety and Wellbeing SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - Delivering Safely together

09 June 2020

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Health, Safety and Wellbeing SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - Delivering Safely together (Kier Highways)

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This is a joint finalist entry for the M23 of M20 teams at Kier Highways. The two teams share many similarities in their approach to health, safety and wellbeing.

Ensuring their people and the travelling public all go home safely every day is a core issue. They have hosted lessons learnt workshops with other Highways England delivery partners, and also shared H&S best practice industry-wide on the CCS Best Practice Hub.

The M23 J8-10 SMP is a smart motorway scheme for Highways England valued at £186.5m, which is being delivered by contractor Kier Highways, with designers Jacobs Atkins JV. 

They have a diverse workforce with people from 32 countries and women and men holding senior roles in the team. This brings diverse thinking and new ideas that help the team innovate and improve. H&S working groups have led innovations that have contributed to independently verified efficiencies of over £46m. Examples include the SafetyPoint pop-up safety station, electric & hybrid excavators, innovative safety signage, new safety barriers and ‘Overhead Safe’ smart PPE.

They utilise the collaborative power of 3D modelling plan works safely. Their dedicated BIM team enables this and developed a ‘BIM Station’ to help people collaborate and visualise works before they go to site - identifying and eliminating risks before they become issues.

They have inducted over 3000 people from Kier, client, designers and supply chain who have worked over 1.5m hours without a Lost Time Incident, currently have an AFR of Zero and have won the national Considerate Constructors Scheme Ultra Site Award for Workforce Wellbeing.

The M20 J3-5 SMP is a smart motorway scheme for Highways England valued at £101.5m, which is being delivered by contractor Kier Highways, with designers Jacobs Atkins JV.

They have a diverse workforce with people from 20 countries. Their H&S working groups have led innovations that have contributed to independently verified efficiencies of over £16m. Examples include the Instaboom and the GS6 Instaboom that they collaborated with the supplier to develop.

They have inducted over 2000 people from Kier, client, designers and supply chain who worked over 1.1m hours without a Lost Time Incident and have won the Highways England SMP Home Safe & Well 2019 Health & Safety Initiative of the Year.

Mental health across both teams

Kier Highways identified mental health as a focus area likely to affect people as they employ a large percentage of younger single men - a group where suicide levels are above the national average - and many people work away from home. Their proactive approach has trained team members as Mental Health First Aiders, they hold mental health drop-in sessions, and have established a 24/7 project mental health phone number. Several mental health counselling referrals have been made through both NHS and Kier's counselling provider. They understand their work can be stressful and for those living away from home it can be a lonely experience, so when people join the scheme, they encourage house-shares and run after work events from sporting to social, fostering team bonds and encourage work breaks with table football and a dartboard in their offices to aid relaxation.

Several mental health stand-down days have had inspiring talks, including ‘State of Mind’ a charity promoting positive mental health. Led by ex-Rugby League stars Danny Sculthorpe & Phil Vievers, these sports stars told their own stories of depression, showing mental health affects anyone, and letting everyone know it is OK for big strong guys to be in their friends’ corner.


Highlights:

  • The M23 J8-10 SMP has an AFR of Zero and has worked over 1.5m hours without a Lost Time Incident (LTI)
  • The M23 J8-10 SMP has received five Highways England Blue Stars, awarded for H&S Innovation not used previously on the Highways England network.
  • The M23 J8-10 SMP proactively manages safety, health & wellbeing. Independent assessors from the Considerate Constructors Scheme nominated this scheme to become the first CCS Ultra Site in the Highways England Smart Motorway Programme and were awarded the National CCS Ultra Site Award for Workforce Wellbeing in 2019.
  • The M20 J3-5 SMP has worked over 1.1m hours without a Lost Time Incident (LTI)
  • The M20 J3-5 SMP has received two Highways England Blue Stars, awarded for H&S Innovation not used previously on the Highways England network, and have won the Highways England SMP 2019 Home Safe & Well Health & Safety Initiative of the Year
  • The M20 J3-5 SMP has worked closely with the Considerate Constructors Scheme and had two entries accepted on the CCS Best Practice Hub to be shared with the rest of the construction industry


About the Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award: 

Health, Safety & Wellbeing is of paramount importance and a culture of ‘safety first’ is crucial to performance. Overarching health and safety risk management systems and effective health initiatives are fundamental to reducing or eliminating all types of incident and promoting health and well–being across the supply chain.

> Find out more about the other finalists here

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