Cable Avoidance Training, Lendlease
Lendlease use Training Central for cable avoidance training
Training ensures a significant reduction in buried service strikes
“Training Central has been instrumental in providing buried services training and management for Lendlease. Any organisation that can understand our training requirements so quickly and provide exactly the right kind of expertise from people who really know their stuff, can only ensure project success!” Paul Hay, EHS Training Manager at Lend Lease
Over the last 50 years, Lendlease has grown from a small Australian construction company to a diverse, global organisation with over 13,000 employees and is now one of the leading international property and infrastructure groups with operations in Australia, Asia, the Americas and Europe. Health and safety is of paramount importance to them and their goal is to eradicate all levels of incident and injury.
Why did Lendlease decide to focus on cable avoidance training?
Construction companies come under a great deal of scrutiny whenever significant service strikes occur. By reviewing H&S incidents on all projects, Lendlease identified a number of avoidable service strikes and wanted to put a UK wide training programme in place to try and eradicate these incidents. A reputable organization was needed to provide the expertise required to verify the Lendlease ‘permit to dig’ processes and procedures, make recommendations and carry out a programme of training. Lendlease came to Training Central as a specialist training provider and we designed a completely bespoke course for them, initially aimed at their Construction Managers and Project Managers.
Has the training made measurable improvements?
Lendlease considered the information contained within the training course as vitally important to any construction project so they created a new role, that of the BuSCo (Buried Services Co-ordinator). The training we provided made a real impact within the supervisory teams and so it was decided that it should be rolled out to their whole ground working supply chain (40+ companies). Lendlease has now been working with Training Central over the last 2 years, and in that period they have benefited from a significant reduction in strikes. In fact, during 2014, Lend Lease were service strike free for 3 months!
The team from Training Central have trained over 200 staff and contractors and have also attended the Lendlease internal management review meetings relating to buried service strikes, where we have had valuable input into their ‘Permit to Break Ground’ process. We are now regularly asked to travel to London to sit on their ‘Buried Services Steering Group’ meetings, advising on best techniques, utility surveying etc. to further reduce their buried services strikes.