MAN-TP: Safer Through Design and Delivery
At its peak, the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme will have over 1800 people working on site to deliver a diverse range of projects from new taxiways to the multi-storey car park, from the terminal extension to the new baggage system. Keeping the team safe is the number one priority for the programme leadership team, which includes colleagues from Manchester Airport and our partner organisations.
“We want to establish a proactive and positive approach to health and safety on the programme and to ensure that, given the breadth of experience there is amongst our contractors, we share best practice and leave a legacy in terms of culture and practical approach,” says Rob Stewart, MAN-TP delivery Director.
Here are just some of the ways the MAN-TP team are working to deliver the programme safely.
Safer by design workshops
The design teams have held a number of sessions with colleagues who will work in the new space, with the goal of designing out some of the hazards which exist today. One example of this is the Low Voltage panel design within a new substation. This has been changed to better segregate the compartments, allowing engineers to connect and disconnect equipment without the need to isolate the whole panel. This creates a safer working environment and means our customers aren’t unnecessarily inconvenienced during maintenance activities which would previously have left them without power.
A new approach to site inductions
January saw the launch of an interactive induction room at Laing O’Rourke’s main welfare complex. Rather than the usual classroom, the new space allows those new to site to get an overview of the scheme and key safety messages in a more interactive way. This commitment to face to face two-way communications continues onto site with ‘toolbox talks’ and full-site stand downs, a regular occurrence.
Safety, Health and Environment Tours
MAN-TP’s leadership are signed up to monthly tours of the MAN-TP worksites: part of their commitment to
ensure a safety culture is at the heart of the programme. These sessions are an important opportunity for the programme’s key decision makers to meet those working on the front line and hear about the safety challenges they face.
It’s crucial to keep construction sites free of foreign object debris (fod) and with MAN-TP’s works being right next to live airport operations there is an extra need to be vigilant. These walks involve everyone on site and take place on a regular basis.
Visual standards documents
‘Visual standards documents’ explain how particular pieces of work should be done – the photographs show positive examples and learning opportunities for the relevant teams.
Galliford Try site teams are trialling a safety on the programme vehicle immobiliser system, allowing the Banksman or Vehicle Marshal to immobilise the machinery via a handheld device should a safety hazard occur.
The photo, taken on the 26 April 2018, shows how the construction of the main terminal (left) and new car park (right) are progressing.