RSSI Construction & Civils Division
“RSS Infrastructure has been working alongside Colas Rail to help improve productivity and safety for their workforce at their site in Wembley North. The workforce were having to commute long distances to access the site.”
The Arboriculture site survey identified that the project would consist of three key phases namely; removal of vegetation, stump removal and herbicide treatment.
The Arboriculture team began by setting up an exclusion zone around the immediate work area and conducted a thorough assessment of the area using a CAT scanner to identify any S&C cables.
For the RSSI Track Access team to lay the foundations for the footpath, Arboriculture personnel needed to remove approximately 1km of thick vegetation and trees that needed to be felled and removed to enable access. All arisings were chipped and removed from the site. The next phase was to eradicate all tripping hazards caused by residual stumps and vegetation. The team used Stump Grinders to take each stump down to ground-level where there was sufficient, safe access to do so. In areas that had limited clearance, Arboriculture personnel removed each stump manually. The final phase was to treat the entire area with Herbicide to control regrowth.
Working alongside the client, Track Access division began by installing 450 metres of rubber zap mats to create a safe authorised walking route. The RSSI team then fitted a single pedestrian access gate at both the North and South hard standings.
A welfare facility was constructed at each hard standing to improve working conditions. Efficiency and safety were further enhanced by adding an observation tower on top of the welfare building.
From the initial project survey, the RSSI Track Access planning team identified that there was another potential hazard stemming from the electrified cables as well as workers straying from the authorised walking route. To prevent the likelihood of an accident or incident occurring, RSS teams implemented 450 metres of ‘Plastic Thermos Barriers’ whose non-conductive material makes it ideal for areas that contain electrification and also acts as a barrier to keep personnel on the right track.
Four Strail Road Rail Access Points (RRAPS) were installed to improve access for rail road access for vehicles and increase both safety and productivity. Three RRAPS were installed north of the worksite, enabling machinery to gain access to the works and cross over safely.
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“RSS Infrastructure was able to offer the client an integrated solution combining our Track Access and Arboriculture teams to deliver the project and meet all their requirements safely and efficiently.”
Head of Construction & Civils