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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.”

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