Contractors World UK & Ireland
|2011 Volume 1 Issue 7|
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• Lendlease have renewed their framework agreement with Human Recognition Systems.
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AFI-Uplift launches two major construction site-safety initiatives - Page 2 of 3
To unlock the machine, the operator swipes the card across an Infobric unit, mounted on the machine. In a further safety measure, there is a customer option for the machine still not to unlock until the operator has confirmed that the pre-use inspection checks have been carried out.
AFI machines working on the construction of the catering village.
If an operator needs to leave a machine, even for a short period, a simple swipe of the card across the Infobric unit locks the machine until reactivated by another swipe of the card.
Main contractors and sub contractors can provide sole access or multi user access to a machine by designating who they want to operate a particular machine.
Not only does the system show who has used a machine but it also shows who may have tried to use it without authorisation – this feature provides additional security for the site. An additional benefit to contractors is the ability to monitor actual machine usage by all sub contractors on a site where the machine is part of a ‘general usage’ fleet.
The good news is Contractors World understands that this is a retrofit option so is not restricted to new machines and is not only applicable to MWEPs.
A flexible security solution
The AFI Smart Zone usage is not restricted to MEWPs. It can be adapted for virtually any security requirements - fuel bowsers, store depots, working zones or the complete site. As part of an overall site management solution, it can, for example, control access to the site as a whole where the Smart Cards and Infobric card reader units can be set up to control turnstiles and access gates, which can all be covered by CCTV.
Already, a number of the card readers have been fitted to machines working on the construction of a catering village which will serve 60,000 meals a day to journalists visiting the Carillion Media Hub in London. The catering village is being built by Premier Interlink and fitted out by their sub contractors SJP Contracts.
Sean Rath, Carillion Integrated Management Systems Adviser
Sean Rath, Carillion Integrated Management Systems Adviser, said: “The potential of the system is endless. For example, if a MEWP operator goes from one Carillion site to another we could use the system to check with the database that he has had the familiarisation training for the machines he would be operating on the next site. We can also keep a log of all the training that he’s completed on a site, such as behavioural safety training.”
“The main benefit of this system to Carillion is to prevent unauthorised use. We have 250 MEWPs at work on the Media Hub and the Smart Zone system can prevent unauthorised use of any machine it’s fitted on. There have been incidents throughout the UK where people have been hit by a machine or a vehicle that was being driven by someone who was not authorised to use it,” he added.
Andrew Baulch, of SJP Contracts, one of the first powered access machine operators in the UK to use the Smart Zone system said “The system is fantastic because no-one else can use your machine. It’s not unusual when you are working on a site with other companies around you for someone to use your machine when you’re not there.”
SJP Contracts Director Mark Pniewski
Those comments were echoed by SJP Contracts Director Mark Pniewski, who said: “When you are hiring plant you don’t want someone from another company using your machine and diesel, possibly damaging it and risking injury to themselves and other people because they have not had the training required to operate it. This new system will prevent this type of thing happening, so it can only be good for the industry.”
Dave Denton, Premier Interlink Project Manager, also welcomed the security benefits of the Smart Zone system, “The most exciting aspect of this system is that when we leave a machine overnight or during a weekend, we know that no-one else will be using it. We will certainly be looking at rolling this out to other sites nationally,” he said.
Dave Denton, Premier Interlink Project Manager
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Page updated: October, 2011
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