Laing O’Rourke introduces temperature-check cameras on sites

Laing O’Rourke has introduced temperature-checking cameras at its sites and offices in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Cameras have been introduced at sites in purpose-built modular units for sites and mounted onto ceilings in offices in a bid to make temperature checks a normal part of arriving at work. Its HS2 and Hinkley Point C sites, as well as its offsite factory, have already been fitted out with the technology, while it is due to be rolled out to other projects including the Royal Liverpool Hospital in the next few weeks.

Workers must pause in front of the cameras on their entrance and within a second their skin temperature is measured. If it is within a normal range a green light comes on. If the system is triggered by a high temperature, an alert sounds and the worker is tested again. If their temperature remains high the second time, they are asked to return home and apply for a coronavirus test.

Laing O’Rourke operations leader on its HS2 enabling-works joint venture LM Steve Paskins said: “There is no replacement for good cleanliness and social-distancing rigour but we’ve found that the temperature-checking units work quickly and accurately.” He acknowledged the system doesn’t detect coronavirus but said by picking up a main symptom, it “gives us, everyone on site, as well as their families, assurance that colleagues have all been checked before entering the project”.

The kit has been developed by Laing O’Rourke’s specialist subsidiary Select Plant.

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