Hi tech hard hats help achieve accident-free A23 roadworks

Hi tech hard hats help achieve accident-free A23 roadworks

Hi tech hard hats help achieve accident-free A23 roadworks

First published in News

More than a million hours of labour have gone into a major road-widening scheme without a single accident.

A 170-strong team has been working on the 2.5 mile section of the A23 between Handcross to Warninglid since June 2012.

The road is being widened to create extra capacity on the busy commuter route.

Contractor Carillion has introduced health and safety measures, including a device attached to a hard hat, which vibrates when near operational machinery and equipment to alert workers to the danger.

The cost of the scheme is estimated at £76.9 million – a 23% saving on the previous estimate of almost £95 million.

Highways Agency project manager Chris Bacon said: “This is a big milestone and shows the dedication the team have to health and safety as they work around the clock, often just feet from live traffic.

"Road users also have their part to play and I would like to thank drivers for their continued patience while we improve the A23.

"I would also like to remind drivers that they have a part to play in keeping the workforce safe by driving safely.”

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1:23pm Mon 31 Mar 14

tooned_in says...

Had to drive past this twice daily since it began......I reckon the reason that accidents are low/zero is the fact no bugger is ever working ?
Had to drive past this twice daily since it began......I reckon the reason that accidents are low/zero is the fact no bugger is ever working ? tooned_in
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1:36pm Mon 31 Mar 14

rayellerton says...

It seems civil engineering contracts take forever to complete these days..if the scale of this job was applied to the original M1, then that would have taken over ten years...and to the Alaska Highway, would still not be finished ( it took just over 10 months btw)
It seems civil engineering contracts take forever to complete these days..if the scale of this job was applied to the original M1, then that would have taken over ten years...and to the Alaska Highway, would still not be finished ( it took just over 10 months btw) rayellerton
  • Score: 2

1:47pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Andy R says...

tooned_in wrote:
Had to drive past this twice daily since it began......I reckon the reason that accidents are low/zero is the fact no bugger is ever working ?
What utter rubbish.
[quote][p][bold]tooned_in[/bold] wrote: Had to drive past this twice daily since it began......I reckon the reason that accidents are low/zero is the fact no bugger is ever working ?[/p][/quote]What utter rubbish. Andy R
  • Score: 2

1:48pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Andy R says...

rayellerton wrote:
It seems civil engineering contracts take forever to complete these days..if the scale of this job was applied to the original M1, then that would have taken over ten years...and to the Alaska Highway, would still not be finished ( it took just over 10 months btw)
You seem to be forgetting that they are widening a road while also having to keep it open.
[quote][p][bold]rayellerton[/bold] wrote: It seems civil engineering contracts take forever to complete these days..if the scale of this job was applied to the original M1, then that would have taken over ten years...and to the Alaska Highway, would still not be finished ( it took just over 10 months btw)[/p][/quote]You seem to be forgetting that they are widening a road while also having to keep it open. Andy R
  • Score: -1

2:06pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Mark63 says...

I have to say how impressed I am everytime I drive through this project. It has always run smoothly and while I am not keen at the speed limit, I understand and respect it, always amazed how many speed past (and hoping they get a ticket). Anyway, this seems to be an exemplary (and very complex) project that has moved at an impressive pace... Well done - its great to see something major happening down here so well and without the usual nay-sayers and whining.
I have to say how impressed I am everytime I drive through this project. It has always run smoothly and while I am not keen at the speed limit, I understand and respect it, always amazed how many speed past (and hoping they get a ticket). Anyway, this seems to be an exemplary (and very complex) project that has moved at an impressive pace... Well done - its great to see something major happening down here so well and without the usual nay-sayers and whining. Mark63
  • Score: 12

2:09pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Mark63 says...

rayellerton wrote:
It seems civil engineering contracts take forever to complete these days..if the scale of this job was applied to the original M1, then that would have taken over ten years...and to the Alaska Highway, would still not be finished ( it took just over 10 months btw)
Remember the days and the country we live in - projects like this have to satisfy anyone who'd like to whine about them, a zillion regulations and these days even wildlife crossings. When the M1 was bulit, you can be sure there was little care taken over who or what it inconvenienced... as for Alaska... well, say no more - nobody to worry about at all!
[quote][p][bold]rayellerton[/bold] wrote: It seems civil engineering contracts take forever to complete these days..if the scale of this job was applied to the original M1, then that would have taken over ten years...and to the Alaska Highway, would still not be finished ( it took just over 10 months btw)[/p][/quote]Remember the days and the country we live in - projects like this have to satisfy anyone who'd like to whine about them, a zillion regulations and these days even wildlife crossings. When the M1 was bulit, you can be sure there was little care taken over who or what it inconvenienced... as for Alaska... well, say no more - nobody to worry about at all! Mark63
  • Score: 8

3:07pm Mon 31 Mar 14

derekhunt says...

I can't believe that that there have been no incidents over a million working hours on a large scale construction project.

Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that there have been no incidents reported.
I can't believe that that there have been no incidents over a million working hours on a large scale construction project. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that there have been no incidents reported. derekhunt
  • Score: -4

3:12pm Mon 31 Mar 14

tooned_in says...

hows it utter rubbish Andy R-sole you giblet its fact I drive past it and rarely are there any works taking place......your a tool
hows it utter rubbish Andy R-sole you giblet its fact I drive past it and rarely are there any works taking place......your a tool tooned_in
  • Score: 0

4:40pm Mon 31 Mar 14

rayellerton says...

Mark63 wrote:
rayellerton wrote:
It seems civil engineering contracts take forever to complete these days..if the scale of this job was applied to the original M1, then that would have taken over ten years...and to the Alaska Highway, would still not be finished ( it took just over 10 months btw)
Remember the days and the country we live in - projects like this have to satisfy anyone who'd like to whine about them, a zillion regulations and these days even wildlife crossings. When the M1 was bulit, you can be sure there was little care taken over who or what it inconvenienced... as for Alaska... well, say no more - nobody to worry about at all!
Exactly what i was getting at! We have been hidebound by bureaucracy, and it is this which becomes the main cost! This country used be have a can do mindset, which has been lost over the last 50 odd years
[quote][p][bold]Mark63[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rayellerton[/bold] wrote: It seems civil engineering contracts take forever to complete these days..if the scale of this job was applied to the original M1, then that would have taken over ten years...and to the Alaska Highway, would still not be finished ( it took just over 10 months btw)[/p][/quote]Remember the days and the country we live in - projects like this have to satisfy anyone who'd like to whine about them, a zillion regulations and these days even wildlife crossings. When the M1 was bulit, you can be sure there was little care taken over who or what it inconvenienced... as for Alaska... well, say no more - nobody to worry about at all![/p][/quote]Exactly what i was getting at! We have been hidebound by bureaucracy, and it is this which becomes the main cost! This country used be have a can do mindset, which has been lost over the last 50 odd years rayellerton
  • Score: 1

4:40pm Mon 31 Mar 14

rayellerton says...

Mark63 wrote:
rayellerton wrote:
It seems civil engineering contracts take forever to complete these days..if the scale of this job was applied to the original M1, then that would have taken over ten years...and to the Alaska Highway, would still not be finished ( it took just over 10 months btw)
Remember the days and the country we live in - projects like this have to satisfy anyone who'd like to whine about them, a zillion regulations and these days even wildlife crossings. When the M1 was bulit, you can be sure there was little care taken over who or what it inconvenienced... as for Alaska... well, say no more - nobody to worry about at all!
Exactly what i was getting at! We have been hidebound by bureaucracy, and it is this which becomes the main cost! This country used be have a can do mindset, which has been lost over the last 50 odd years
[quote][p][bold]Mark63[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rayellerton[/bold] wrote: It seems civil engineering contracts take forever to complete these days..if the scale of this job was applied to the original M1, then that would have taken over ten years...and to the Alaska Highway, would still not be finished ( it took just over 10 months btw)[/p][/quote]Remember the days and the country we live in - projects like this have to satisfy anyone who'd like to whine about them, a zillion regulations and these days even wildlife crossings. When the M1 was bulit, you can be sure there was little care taken over who or what it inconvenienced... as for Alaska... well, say no more - nobody to worry about at all![/p][/quote]Exactly what i was getting at! We have been hidebound by bureaucracy, and it is this which becomes the main cost! This country used be have a can do mindset, which has been lost over the last 50 odd years rayellerton
  • Score: -1

11:03pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Andy R says...

tooned_in wrote:
hows it utter rubbish Andy R-sole you giblet its fact I drive past it and rarely are there any works taking place......your a tool
I'd suggest coming back when you've learned to write.
[quote][p][bold]tooned_in[/bold] wrote: hows it utter rubbish Andy R-sole you giblet its fact I drive past it and rarely are there any works taking place......your a tool[/p][/quote]I'd suggest coming back when you've learned to write. Andy R
  • Score: 3

12:35am Tue 1 Apr 14

Dave At Home says...

The road is being widened to create extra capacity on the busy commuter route.

I think it is being widened to 3 lanes so it does not cause a bottleneck at either end, where it is already 3 lanes wide, then you will be able to drive to Hickstead where it goes down to 2 lanes until it meets at Pyecombe and continues as 3 lanes again. Guess they will widen the other 2 lane bit when they have finished this piece. More mayhem for 10 years.
The road is being widened to create extra capacity on the busy commuter route. I think it is being widened to 3 lanes so it does not cause a bottleneck at either end, where it is already 3 lanes wide, then you will be able to drive to Hickstead where it goes down to 2 lanes until it meets at Pyecombe and continues as 3 lanes again. Guess they will widen the other 2 lane bit when they have finished this piece. More mayhem for 10 years. Dave At Home
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6:58am Tue 1 Apr 14

brighton bluenose says...

Dave At Home wrote:
The road is being widened to create extra capacity on the busy commuter route.

I think it is being widened to 3 lanes so it does not cause a bottleneck at either end, where it is already 3 lanes wide, then you will be able to drive to Hickstead where it goes down to 2 lanes until it meets at Pyecombe and continues as 3 lanes again. Guess they will widen the other 2 lane bit when they have finished this piece. More mayhem for 10 years.
The whole point of the scheme is to take out the allegedly dangerous twists and turns coming down Handcross Hill - personally I used to find this stretch rather exciting!!
[quote][p][bold]Dave At Home[/bold] wrote: The road is being widened to create extra capacity on the busy commuter route. I think it is being widened to 3 lanes so it does not cause a bottleneck at either end, where it is already 3 lanes wide, then you will be able to drive to Hickstead where it goes down to 2 lanes until it meets at Pyecombe and continues as 3 lanes again. Guess they will widen the other 2 lane bit when they have finished this piece. More mayhem for 10 years.[/p][/quote]The whole point of the scheme is to take out the allegedly dangerous twists and turns coming down Handcross Hill - personally I used to find this stretch rather exciting!! brighton bluenose
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