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EKFB driver safety for HS2 construction workers

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Construction is well underway for the UK’s major infrastructure project of HS2. With that comes the significant task of ensuring not only the health & safety of its staff, but also that of the local community during the construction.

One’s first thought, when you mention health & safety, is to imagine the construction workers physically building the railway. However, an often overlooked aspect to health & safety is for those workers driving for their employer and more importantly drivers using a vehicle which is used as part of their work equipment. Therefore falling under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, or PUWER, for short.

“As well as the off road training, all drivers have undergone a half day on road training session looking at the different handling characteristics and safety implications out on the highway.”

Course delegate Daniel Oller, went on to say: “I have been on two 4×4 training courses before but this one was by far so much more informative and enjoyable in both the classroom and outdoor. Both trainers were very knowledgeable and I learnt a lot of things on this course that I didn’t on the others.”

In addition to the 4×4 training, EKFB wanted a bespoke course created for their 3.5t tipper drivers.

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“With any new course design, we worked with Matt and the rest of the EKFB team, to identify the required learning outcomes, which were a lot more than just driving. Part of the preparation was to visit the site and vehicle to be used, as well as understanding the types of incidents the drivers encounter, such as overloading and driving a fully laden vehicle.

“In addition to this, the ongoing challenges around Covid, required additional training around EKFB policies and how to effectively sanitise the vehicle before, during and after use. Once we identified all the requirements we created a two day course involving theory and practical hands on training, covering subjects such as weight and vehicle dimensions, securing loads efficiently, how to tip safely, how to be Covid secure and to experience driving a fully laden vehicle. The course concluded with a competency assessment, which each driver had to pass to complete the course.”

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