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Safety milestone for Crossrail project

27 July 2011

The Costain Skanska joint venture has achieved a major milestone in recording over 300,000 man-hours RIDDOR free at the Pudding Mill Lane portal project for Crossrail in East London.

RIDDOR stands for the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (1995) and is under the auspices of the Health and Safety Executive.

The portal will act as the transition ramp for Crossrail trains when entering and exiting the North East section of the central London tunnels. The project, which is part of an enabling works framework awarded in April 2010, is split over three sites near Stratford and adjacent to the existing Docklands Light Railway, overland railways and the River Lea.  Complicating the project is a network of 400 kilovolt power cables and sewerage outlets.

Under construction is a 450-metre long diaphragm wall which comprises a reception chamber and cut and cover tunnel, as well as two new rail bridges over an existing river in order for the DLR to be diverted.

The project also includes a reinforced concrete retaining wall, the diversion of significant utilities and the realignment of the adjacent Barbers Road.

“This is a big multifaceted project and safety is our number one priority,” said Shaun Hazell, Construction Manager.

“To have reached over 300,000 man-hours RIDDOR free is a major achievement, and with continued vigilance from the workforce and staff, we will continue to target a RIDDOR free completion of the project,” said Shaun.