HAKI paves the way for safety on M25/M4 infrastructure project
The M25 is one of Europe’s busiest motorways, with thousands of vehicles using it to reach their destinations every day. As a result of the amount of traffic which passes through the highway and its multiple junctions, safety and maintenance are absolutely key. For this reason, tailored solutions provider, HAKI, was selected to provide the temporary access systems for this project in order to maximise safety levels onsite.
The intersection of the M25 with the M4, the passage which runs from west London to southwest Wales, is a highly-trafficked junction which requires routine inspection. Connect Plus Services, a Balfour Beatty, Atkins & Egis joint venture, is responsible for operating and maintaining the M25 motorway network, including all adjoining trunk and slip roads on behalf of Highways England and its contracted partner, Connect Plus.
When it came to the junction’s inspection programme between June 2019 and August 2019, Connect Plus Services specified a range of access scaffolding systems from HAKI to ensure the works could be completed safely and efficiently.
Working alongside scaffolding, insulation and asbestos management specialist, Alltask, HAKI supplied a combination of HAKI stair towers and birdcage scaffolding to enable essential access to the hatches underneath the crossover’s numerous bridges and flyovers. This access would then enable a safe route for site workers to reach the steel girders.
Under the umbrella of HAKI’s Universal product range, birdcage scaffolding is perfect for projects where high access is required. This system is an independent scaffold comprised of more than two rows of standards in both directions connected by ledger beams at every lift height. Quick and safe to erect using collective measures with the HAKI Advanced Guard Rail tool, the birdcage’s top lift is decked to provide the main access platform for work to be undertaken. It truly enables workers to reach new heights, all the while being completely safe in the process.
An ideal accompaniment to HAKI’s Universal range is the HAKI stair range, which features a combination of systems providing robust, slip-resistant solutions to minimise the risk of falls from height. For this project, HAKI’s market-leading stair tower – which boasts a 4kN/m2 loading class – proved to be the answer for secure access and egress from the site’s 30m long slope. Available for a variety of configurations and recognised by industry bodies such as the Considerate Constructors Scheme, HAKI’s stair tower ensured work from height could be completed as safely as possible.
Speaking on why HAKI was selected, Reece Payne, Contracts Supervisor at Alltask, said:
HAKI’s products were selected for their efficiency and safety. For this complex project, it was crucial to use systems which would streamline delivery and work onsite. HAKI’s products ticked all the boxes and were perfect for this programme.”
Completed on time and to budget, the specification of HAKI’s temporary access solutions ensured the programme of works could be turned around in a quick timeframe; meaning minimal disruption to commuters frequenting the south’s busiest motorways. But as well as hitting the mark on efficiency, HAKI’s products delivered on security, proving to be utterly indispensable on a project where safety was the priority.
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