Trend spotting: towards zero harm
One especially successful aspect of this project is the accident prevention mechanism. The BAM team is actively monitoring trends: tracking apparently small issues and ‘near misses’ that could indicate deeper problems.
For example, after a couple of cases where site operatives did not wear their safety gloves, it became clear that these were stored a long way from the working areas.
Simply moving the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to a more central location on the project made it easier for the workforce to access them, preventing possibly serious consequences.
At a recent site visit, senior members of the Hospital Trust Board praised the BAM team for this initiative, which closely matches incident prevention procedures used by clinical staff in the Hospital.
“It was interesting to find out that we monitor and improve safety in similar ways,” confirms BAM Project Manager, Rob Bailey.
Rooted in the community
Over the course of the project, the BAM team has also been building great connections with the local community:
- Pupils at a nearby school decorated the hoardings around the site with their artwork related to healthcare
- A group of students from another school also visited the site to find out about construction careers, hosted by a former pupil who is now BAM’s Design Manager on the project
- Experienced local workers have been joined on site by interns and apprentices
- BAM has been helping out at a local bluebell wood by building a new pathway