Winner: A-one+ & Highway Resource Solutions, Intellicone
Imagine a construction site without the protective fencing or hoardings. Imagine the public wandering across a construction site while you’re working. Welcome to highway maintenance and the challenge of maintaining the UK’s strategic road network.
Nothing is more important in construction than health and safety and yet in the past six years 15 road workers have been killed on this network.
Highway Resource Solutions’ Intellicone and joint venture A-one+ has been using a life-saving innovation.
“This is what we call innovation and one that comes from the heart. This brilliant solution in one of the most dangerous sectors of construction can protect site workers on a daily basis and will really save lives”
The JV between Halcrow Group, Colas and Costain has also been influential in helping develop the Intellicone system from a concept to a reality. It says: “The engagement of its road workers in contributing to the development of the product has enhanced the credibility of the system among its staff, making the communications and training during the roll-out in 2012 so much easier.”
The system works by transmitting an alarm signal when an errant vehicle has hit a cone, giving road workers vital seconds to take life-saving evasive action.
Feedback from A-one+ road workers has led to an improved Intellicone system that can now send text messages, interact with an unlimited number of portable site alarms, and interface directly with client databases.
This means multiple crews operating on the same road or lane closure can receive an alarm signalling a cone barrier breach within seconds, regardless of the distance from the breach.
The text message system allows the road workers on site and the patrolling supervisors to receive instant updates when the first and last cone have been installed, but more importantly if any intrusions have occurred.
A GPS module allows information including location, time and activated alarms to be logged.
An example of a thwarted deliberate intrusion occurred on the A64 where a slip road closure was in place. Here, a taxi driver attempted to move the cones at the top of the slip road to access the closed carriageway, but moving them sounded an alarm and he immediately left the scene rather than driving into the work area and putting lives at risk.
But most importantly of all, the JV says no road workers were injured on any of its sites in 2012 where Intellicone was in operation.
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