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In pictures: Bam stages major rescue drill on Paradise Birmingham

Bam has staged a large-scale safety drill at its Paradise Birmingham site.

The contractor simulated a scenario in which emergency service personnel rescued a crane driver who suffered a heart attack, dropping material onto a building and trapping operatives inside. 

West Midlands Fire Service devised the safety and rescue training alongside Bam, deploying around 60 personnel and 10 fire engines to Argent’s Chamberlain Square development, known as Paradise Birmingham.

The exercise was conducted with a dummy in place of the crane driver. Emergency vehicles did not switch on their lights or sound sirens to avoid causing undue public alarm.

Bam construction manager Alan Bell said: “This was an extremely worthwhile exercise for us at Bam helping test our own emergency procedures.

“As such, we did not inform most of our site operatives about it so that they were surprised by the arrival of the crews and treated it as a real emergency.

“Construction has many potential hazards. Reaching out to the fire service means we were able to help not only them but potentially, every other construction site in Birmingham.

“It’s rare for them to have this kind of access to such a major site under construction, but we are all safer because of the work they do and the opportunity this has provided.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • Great piece Zak and congratulations to the site team at Paradise. I arranged two such emergency drills at Whitelee Wind farm. The issue there was remote site, min 45 mins from the access road to the furthest part of the site. We involved Police, Fire & Rescue and Ambulance services and even the HSE. It was so beneficial. You can have the most well thought through emergency procedures but until you do something like this, you are hoping it actually works. You learn so much from this type of exercise all of which improves emergency systems, and not just for the site team. The emergency services, in my experience (having now planned and executed three of these in total) the emergency services gain too. This is often the only time they actually get to practice together and for me that is possibly the biggest win. There have regrettably been situations in the past where coordination between the emergency services has been called into question. These exercises are one way of improving that. So, a win-win and very well done to the site team at Paradise.

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