SHEQWs Newsletter August



Safety, Health, Environment, Quality, Wellbeing

Newsletter August 2016

Site Security


Perimeter Intruder

Detection System Ltd


3. What we could do better

Virtual Trial Holing

4. Movement of Plant

We reflect on how we can control the

movement of plant following an incident

(not on eight 2


5. In the Courts

Looking at inspections and Latest

environmental prosecution

6. Topic of the Month

Working on previously developed land

10. xx


10. In the spotlight

Ecologists go surveying for Great Crested


12. What’s been happening

We look at the raft race, notice boards

and HAVS workshops last month

14. Site security

We look at how one project has

optimised their site security

15. SMB reporting

Latest SHE statistics

16. Safety alerts

Latest safety alerts for dissemination

What we could

do better

Use of BIM:

Virtual Trial Holes

What are Virtual Trial Holes

Trial holes can be carried out

without accurate knowledge of

what lies beneath the ground,

leaving operatives open to risks of

contaminated ground,un-mapped

underground services, side wall

collapse and many other health and

safety concerns.

Virtual trial holes can eliminate these

concerns and even the requirement

to break ground.

GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar)

surveys can be carried out at ground

level and the results can then be

analysed by design.

REMEMBER - this does not eliminate

the requirement for soil analysis

if ground needs to be broken in

potentially contaminated land.

Benefits of this method

• No digging

• Reduced costs (e.g. excavators,

banksmen, permits etc.)

• Reduced time

• Increased safety

Watch virtual trial holes


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Controlling the movement

of plant

Remember the following

when managing

machinery on trailers;

• Leave the trailer attached to the

vehicle where possible

• Use chocks (wooden stoppers)

underneath wheels of trailer

• Park trailer in a safe place

• Ensure hand break is on

• Be vigilant of the location/ risk of

unhitching trailers - e.g is it on a

slope, is it a safe location etc.

Incident Example:

Uncontrolled movement of

plant, Nottingham

Whilst delivering a mini digger for

deep excavation works, an operative

unhitched the trailer with the mini

digger still loaded. The trailer became

uncontrolled and free wheeled down

the incline.

After travelling for approximately

25-30m down the incline, the trailer

struck a parked vehicle causing


Action taken;

• Trailer made safe

• Supervisor informed

• SHE team undertook


In the courts

Water Company &

subcontractor fined

almost £1 million

A water company has been fined

£600,000, its contractor £333,000

and additional clean up costs of

£45,262 after polluting a brook.

The contractor was carrying out

works on a treatment works, which

involved emptying and removing

a tank used to store sodium

hypochlorite. Sodium hypochlorite

is used in the water purification

process and is also the principle

ingredient of household bleach.

In 2013, the majority of the contents

of the tank had been removed, but

up to 300 litres of the highly toxic

chemical was left in the bottom

awaiting emptying. The Environment

Agency stated that instead of

pumping the remaining liquid out,

a hosepipe was used to dilute the

sodium hypochlorite with water.

The hosepipe was then left running

unattended overnight, letting it flow

into a bunded area. This was carried

out without any risk assessment or

method statement.

Neither company had surveyed the

drainage to identify faults in the

drainage system. This meant that the

diluted toxic chemical entered the

surface water drainage system and

discharged to Bradshaw Brook.

Two days later the Environment

Agency were alerted that a 1.7km

stretch of the brook was so badly

polluted, killing virtually all aquatic

organisms, including up to 900 fish,

shrimp and earthworms.

This case should bring home the

message to all company directors

and shareholders that environmental

offences are taken seriously both by

the regulators and the courts.

(The Environmentalist, 2016)

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Working on Previously Developed


What is previously

developed land?

• Land which has been previously

been built on or used by

industrial processes (brownfield),

or land which in the past has had

imported materials on it (made


• These may be contaminated

with substances that are harmful

to humans or the environment.

Contaminants can be in solid

(e.g. asbestos), liquid (e.g. oils) or

gas (e.g. methane) form.

• Contaminants can be discovered

when they are not expected

and so it is important to remain

observant when excavating.

How does this work on

eight 2


• During design an Environmental

Assessment/ PE3PA is completed

which gives land quality

recommendations. This may

stipulate the need for soil

sampling or the need for the site

teams to undertake a watching

brief during works.

• Soil sampling reduces the risk

of finding contaminated land

unexpectedly, but if these do not

occur, we need to ensure that we

are vigilant of any finds.

Why do we need to monitor


• Avoid Environmental harm:

working in contaminated ground

without the proper controls

may result in pollution or the

spread into surrounding land or


• Avoid prosecution: pollution

escape can lead to prosecution

• Reduce health hazard: exposure

to certain contaminants may

cause skin and/ or respiratory

irritation, cancer or birth defects.

Wearing the correct PPE can

reduce these risk.

• May result in incorrect

classification of waste which is a

prosecutable offence.

How to identify

contaminated land

• Look out for changes to the type

of material;

• Differences in colours or texture

• Presence of rubbish or other


• Differences in smell

• Fumes

What to do if you find

contaminated land

• Stop work, make the area safe,

cordon off and inform your


• DO NOT allow anyone to enter

area, unless authorised by a


• SMB Site Agent to report on BB

Hotline/ CA schemes to Capture

• Call your Environmental Advisor

who will contact the land quality

team to arrange soil sampling

and ensure adequate disposal.

• Inform your H&S Advisor who

will inform you of any safety


• Always wear full PPE for potential


• Wash hands and exposed skin

after working in excavations

• Prevent soil runoff into drains

and watercourses

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In the spotlight

Ecologists go surveying for Great Crested Newts

SMB ecologists Gareth

Lavery and David

Macknay have been

especially busy over the

spring survey window

undertaking newt surveys

in potential breeding

ponds and ditches, in

order to inform design

and/ or apply for a licence

on various projects.

Results of this year’s

surveys: locations with GCN


• D339 Newbury STW

• D339 Carterton STW

• D339 Moreton-in-Marsh STW

• C946 Faringdon to Blunsdon


• D018 Goose Green

• D332 Stewkley STW.

How to identify the

presence of Great Crested

Newts (GCN)

Four surveys are required to

determine the absence of GCN, with

at least 3 of the 4 survey methods

being utilised. These are;

• Bottle Trap - placing traps in the

pond and leaving overnight

• Torching – searching for GCN at

night via torchlight

• Egg Search – searching leaves for

signs of eggs

• Netting – net used to search

perimeter of pond

If whilst undertaking these four

surveys GCN are discovered, the

survey number increase to six, in

order to get a population count. This

is normally 6 bottle tap and torch


New Technology - EDNA

eDNA water samples identifies GCN

DNA. This year 73 eDNA kits were

used on 22 upcoming project sites.

The benefits of this new

technique are:

Major cost reduction over the AMP

(estimated at c. £500,000)

Reduced health and safety risk to

personnel as less night-time work in,

and next to, water

Early identification which helps

reduce programme delays,

aid Project Managers and helps

understand potential impact on

VOWD (Value of Work Delivered)

What happens if GCN

presence is confirmed?

If identified during design, the

environmental team will work with

the design team to attempt to

“design out” the issue by locating

new works to avoid their habitat

(scrub, established grassland,

woodland edge etc.)

If Ops identify GCN onsite, the

ecologist will undertake a visit

to determine this. For example,

at Chesham STW, Ops identified

GCN, but after a visit, our ecologist

identified these as non-protected

smooth newts.

On Thames Valley Mains Rehab Year

2, SMB have the luxury of dropping

schemes that have confirmed or

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What’s been happening across

eight 2


Thames Water Raft Race

This year marked Thames Water’s

20th Annual Raft Race for

WaterAid. Over the next four years,

eight2O and Thames Water will be

working together with WaterAid

to transform lives in two towns in

Malawi - the world’s poorest country.

Currently in Malawi, 10 million

people have no safe place to go to

the toilet and 1.7 million people have

no access to safe, clean water.

In light of this, in July, 7 eight2O

rafts, including 2 from the SHE Team

entered the annual one mile raft race.

34 carnival themed rafts battled it

out on the River Thames. Each team

designed, built and decorated their

raft and wore fancy dress based

around the theme of carnival.

SHE Ream populate RKC

notice board

In July the SHE team populated the

notice board in F2 RKC.

This is a Thames Water initiative,

pushed by Richard Blake to ensure key

messages are being received by all


After many hours of discussions,

meetings and deliberation we decided

that the SHE message would be “ SHE

in the Planning stage”, through a game


SHE Snakes and Ladders and the

Pillars of SHE Genga.

If you didn’t get to see it and would

like to, get in touch.

Occupational Health -

HAVS workshops

The Occupational Health Team have

been busy doing workshops to raise

awareness of the causes, symptoms

and prevention methods of HAVS,

across a number of sites.

It has been acknowledged that a

large percentage of the workforce

do not understand exposure points

and permitted times for tool usage.

Additionally, it has been identified

that exposure records are not being

kept correctly and many were

occurring after the activity had

happened. .

If any sites would like this workshop

carried out, get in contact with the

occupational health team or speak to

It was a spectacular day & no eight2O

team sunk!!

If you would like to donate,

please do so, click here.

If you want a copy of the

comic, please email us.

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July’s SMB Reporting Figures

The OneView app effectively replaces cumbersome stat packs with a cloud-based document management/viewer

system. And the photo-driven Corona app provides real-time H&S reporting and the backbone for the Works

Management System.



Site Security System

Perimeter Intruder Detection Systems Ltd

The PID system was first introduced

on the CAJV by Trant Engineering on

the Cirencester STW Investigation

project, due to plant damage over a

weekend period.

The PID System triggers any

disturbance and alerts a manned

centre. This includes a bespoke

site specific protocol to ensure

authenticity. Depending upon the

activity witnessed via the cameras,

this can be escalated directly from

the monitoring station to the nearest

police station prior to notifying the

designated site contact.

The benefits of this system


• Audible warning

• Flashing lights

• Camera which photographs

(to provide notification and


• Notification to 24hr manned


Success! - Once this system was

introduced it had a 100% success rate

and no further incidents occurred.

“PID Systems is a market

leading supplier of bespoke

security products designed

to meet the unique

challenges of the civil

engineering construction


Diversion of Excavated Material

from landfill vs Target





Trip or slip hazard





Recycled aggregate use

It is the responsibility of the construction team

to ensure that our subcontractors are using

facilities which maximise recycling.

Every month reporting data is extracted from

Safeguard and the BB Hotline.

Whether a service strike, incident, near miss or

hazard, it is all incredibly important to us.

Near miss - utility

Completed H&S Inspections


Please ensure that you are completing your

inspections on safeguard. These are crucial in

identifying hazards and reducing the risk of an

incident on site.

We are getting better ... but we are not

reaching our target yet!

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