FM Conway works with Safer Highways to drive down fatal incidents

Essential Infrastructure services partner and one of the highways sector’s most well-known family company’s, FM Conway, has become a member of Safer Highways.

As well as highways, FM Conway works in transportation, the built environment and public realm. In partnership with network operators, local authorities and private clients, it strives to bring clear thinking, innovation and high-quality delivery to its works.

Working on behalf of both communities and businesses, it has developed a self-delivery model, which combines in-house consultancy expertise with frontline operational excellence.

This year, the company has secured a place on TfL’s flagship Surface Transport Infrastructure Construction (STIC) Framework, secured the contract to refurbish Blackfriars Bridge, collaborated with Westminster Council to help drive materials recycling and deliver a low carbon public realm scheme and has just completed a resurfacing project on the M3 with Highways England that has used the highest proportion of recycled asphalt pavement ever used on the strategic road network.

Improving safety is at the heart of the company. Earlier this year, the company unveiled a new approach to Health and Safety and risk by their Big 10 in 10, its approach to eliminating risk from their business within the next 10 years.

The 10-year strategy, is designed to prioritise to 10 most significant risks to the business and strive for their elimination to ensure that every one of their workforce goes home safe every day. The philosophy adopts a unique approach which addresses the fundamental principles of health and safety addressing the 10 key risks facing the FM Conway business by providing engineering or elimination controls.

By reviewing historical data and mapping with industry trends the organisation was able to evidence that an accident was still possible; even when all KPI's around risk were green.

Organisationally, FM Conway then undertook a comprehensive risk profile analysis across the whole business, engaging with operational teams to examine what they perceived to be the biggest risk to life in their daily activities. By triangulating its own organisational data with that available to it from industry a completely new approach was formulated, with the focus being ONLY on high-risk activities.

Speaking about joining Safer Highways, Andrew Cox, SHEQ Director said: “We are really looking forward to supporting Safer Highways and the wider community as we embark on our unique approach to eliminating the most significant risks to people’s lives in the highways industry. We are keen to share this transformational approach as we recognise that we can only truly stop fatal incidents by working together and bringing to bear the practical application of fatal risk thinking.”

Adding to that, Kevin Robinson, Chief Executive of Safer Highways said: “I’m delighted to welcome FM Conway as a new member of Safer Highways. A big focus for us over the next year is to highlight best practice and new ways of working around designing out safety risks from highways works at the earliest time possible in the process, which goes a long way towards not only protecting our workers but making projects more efficient and effective. I know this is one of the things that has been top of FM Conway’s agenda this year, and I look forward to working on them to develop this further alongside our growing list of other activities.”

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