Ringway Jacobs has introduced dedicated utility services technicians to each of their five contracts in an effort to eliminate service strike incidents.
Provided with the latest technology available for locating underground services, the technicians are experienced operatives with detailed knowledge of safe digging practices.
As well as having a major impact on safety, service strikes cost the highways industry millions of pounds in associated damages and compensation costs each year, while causing untold inconvenience to residents and road users. As well as providing assistance in the accurate location and marking out of utility apparatus on site, the technicians will also contribute to the project design with the aim of eliminating excavation where practicable, while promoting safe behaviour and driving forward continuous improvement in safe digging.
Mike Notman, Ringway Jacobs’ managing director, said: “Safety is at the heart of everything we do at Ringway Jacobs. We are focused on providing a safe environment for our employees and the expertise and knowledge our new utility services technicians ensures that we are developing a culture where everyone is accountable for working safely and controlling risk.”