50,000 man hours of construction and zero harm at University of Lincoln’s £17.5 million new Isaac Newton Building
Hemel Hempstead, 15 August 2016 - Contractors working on the University of Lincoln’s new Isaac Newton Building, the new home to the schools of computer science, engineering and mathematics and physics, have completed 50,000 hours of construction without any accidents.
BAM Construction – who are also delivering the nearby Sarah Swift Building to house the schools of health and social care and psychology – achieved the significant milestone last week, and are on track with the 65 week programme of works.
Ryan Geldard, BAM’s project safety manager for the Isaac Newton Building, said: ‘BAM has a ‘zero harm’ programme and I’m delighted that we’ve doing well so far here. We have a very modern way of working and a respectful approach to our workforce, which is a good basis for minimising the potential hazards in our unique workplace.’
Thoughtful techniques have been employed such as metallic staircases with edge protection fitted which removes the need for scaffolding. The re-designed steel frame has eliminated the need for extensive temporary works, again making the project safer to build.
BAM recently conducted drone flights through the 7,432 square metre site, allowing their team to assess the progress and sequencing of works at higher elevations against the computer modelling for the build.
‘Drone checks can be more accurate than the human eye and they can assist us evaluate safety and logistics too’, Ryan adds. ‘The digitalisation process for construction will keep accelerating but you cannot replace the value of good communication with the people who work here and holding frequent, proper briefings on each phase of activity is what keeps us co-ordinated and safe.’
The Isaac Newton Building completes next spring; the Sarah Swift Building completes in the summer.
Further information: Mark Slattery, Press and Media Manager, BAM Construct UK Ltd, 01442 238415.