January 2010 in Network Rail and Suppliers
A reporter is concerned about the safety of staff lodging at the Carillion yard, at Blackhorse Road station, following the set up of five port a cabins as accommodation on this worksite.
The port-a-cabins have been placed on the worksite rather than offsite, which the reporter finds unusual. Although rules stipulate that PPE must be worn from the point of entry and at all times whilst on a worksite, the reporter believes this will not happen when staff living in these port a cabins are off-duty - they could be walking around the worksite without PPE. With engineering work occurring at night, this could mean they are not clearly seen by those operating road rail vehicles.
Could Carillion investigate the accommodation arrangements at Blackhorse Road station and check they are suitable for the staff requiring lodging whilst working at this site?
Carillion would like to thank the reporter for raising the above concerns. These arrangements have been removed from site and at present there is no intention of providing this type of accommodation again on this project.
Any future consideration of such arrangements will be the subject of a suitable pre-planning assessment that covers all the legal and moral requirements before such arrangements are physically established at the chosen location.
Carillion would request that CIRAS relates that it is still promoting its own internal "Don‟t Walk By" process and this report would have received the same response if raised internally. The DWB process allows site staff to sometimes gain further information that the confidentiality of CIRAS does not always allow. Whilst not critical in this case other situations may benefit from a direct rather than anonymous approach.