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Method Statement-Relocation/Installation of Utilities/HDPE Rising Main

Emergency Site Evacuation:

  1. In the event of a fire/site evacuation, the alarm area will be sounded.
  2. After hearing the fire alarm, all persons are to stop work immediately at the assembly point at the works entrance.

Excavation Collapse:

  1. The person discovering the incident must raise the alarm.
  2. Contact First Aiders (if necessary), and members of the Site Safety, Health & Environmental Team, or a member of  Site Management by mobile phone or in-person to raise the alarm.
  3. Give clear and concise information on the nature and location of the incident and other relevant details (e.g. injuries sustained/buried personnel).
  4. Under no circumstances is the person discovering the incident to risk his/her safety by attempting to deal with the situation alone. If trained/competent help is in the area and there are trapped/injured personnel requiring immediate attention/rescue and it is safe to do so, then help may be given until members of the emergency response team arrive or the emergency services.
  5. In the event of a trench collapse where no injuries are involved, necessary remedial works may be carried out to make the area safe but only with authorization from the Site Management Team
  6. In consultation, with the Site Manager, the nature, location and level of the Emergency will be defined.
  7. Emergency Services shall be notified (if required)
  8. General Operative may be appointed to prevent any unauthorized access by other site personnel into the working area of the incident (if required) until the Emergency Services arrive/the IP is secured and transferred to the compound/the incident scene is made safe & Secure.
  9. The site personnel in the vicinity of the incident scene shall be evacuated from the immediate area and instructed to report to the site assembly point (if necessary).
  10. The Site Manager or delegate performs a roll call in conjunction to ensure all personnel are present and accounted for.
  11. No unauthorized personnel will be allowed to enter the area while remedial works/rescue operation is taking place.
  12. Any vehicles obstructing emergency access to be removed.
  13. A member of the site emergency response team will be allocated at the site entrance to meet the emergency services upon their arrival on-site and direct them to the incident scene (if required).
  14. Upon arrival at the scene, the emergency services will be briefed and they will take control of the incident scene.
  15. All resources available on site will be at the disposal of the emergency services.
  16. The incident is investigated and those actions deemed appropriate by (COMPANY NAME) HSE Management

Electrical Emergencies - Electric Shock or Contact with Electricity

  1. When the alarm is raised. Staff will call the emergency services. (Phone number 999) to notify fire brigade and ambulance if appropriate, and give details and location of the accident / Incident. (A)-The machine/equipment or tools operator should be instructed to stay in the cab of the machine and to not touch any part of the machine. (B)- If you come across an incident in which you suspect that a victim has been electrocuted, never touch or move the person. (C)- If the casualty is still in contact with the cable, use something rubber to break the connection between the casualty and the live cable/wire.
  2. The site manager will co-ordinate crowd control, they shall be helped in this task by any two
  3. General operatives as appointed by the site manager.
  4. The site manager will arrange to have a General Operative wait at the site entrance so to direct the Emergency services to the site of the Accident / Incident.
  5. The trained first aiders will assess the situation and will administer first aid treatment if required he/she will also co-ordinate if necessary the rescue operations and will establish the details of injury etc.
  6. When the emergency services arrive they will take over the co-ordination of the rescue aided by the First Aiders.
  7. The site manager will contact the casualty’s next of kin.
  8. The emergency coordinator will appoint a person to go to the hospital if a casualty or casualties are taken there and will keep the Site Manager informed.
  9. The site manager will contact the next of kin.
  10. The site manager will inform the Head office immediately of the situation.
  11. The area is to be cordoned off until the investigation has been completed.

Methodology

A. Pre-Start

  1. Permit to Dig Register & Permits in place before any ground penetration, Ground surveyed by a CAT 5 & trained Sigma Permit authorizer communicated to operators & services marked on the ground.
  2. Assume all lines and services are live.
  3. All site personnel entering site will receive a site-specific induction, all necessary paperwork will be completed such as manual handling training records, CPCS and CPCS or equivalent and will be recorded on site.
  4. All site-specific rules must be adhered to by all operatives at all times including wearing the mandatory PPE (hard-hat, high-vis vest, steel-toe cap boots).
  5. Before construction works beginning all necessary control measures will be put in place to safeguard the health & safety of all employees of (COMPANY NAME) Construction, and members of the public.
  6. Leave emergency equipment (First Aid, Extinguisher, Spill Kit) out near the works area ensure that a copy of the emergency procedures plan is on-site and located in a known location.
  7. The worksite Project Engineer or Supervisor to ensure that everybody is completely aware of the scope of works and have read this method statement and are familiar with the reporting and emergency procedures.
  8. All supporting documentation should be read before works i.e. Method Statement, JSSP, Construction, drawings etc.
  9. Erect all necessary signage to serve notification that construction work, particularly excavation work is in progress.
  10. Ensure safe access is provided to the work area; keep all public areas free of obstructions.
  11. Drawings must be present on-site for all utilities including electrical; telecom; fibre optic; water & foul.
The machinery required for works under overhead services shall be height-restricted – equipment with the potential to exceed 8 meters in height. An excavator shall be restricted by raising of the jib to permitted height, key on control system switched on to engage the height limiter on the machine.

B-Initial Stage
  1. All on-site must complete (COMPANY NAME) site safety induction.
  2. Works to be supervised by (COMPANY NAME) site management.
  3. All operatives of the machinery/equipment to have read and signed this Method Statement.
  4. All underground services to mark and depths determined. Route of the proposed excavation to be determined.
  5. Reflective Signage will be erected on the approaches to the works following street works to an approved traffic management plan.
  6. The Traffic Management Plan; barriers; cones; signs; traffic signals are put in place by a competent traffic management company. A health & safety at road activities operator will be present at the works zone at all times. All traffic management equipment will be following street works. Formal inspections of the traffic management plan are carried out twice daily.
Before excavating a permit to dig will be completed by the Approved Permit Authorizes and signed off by the excavator drivers and ground workers; excavation controls concerning underground services are as follows:
  1. Obtain up to date exiting services drawings.
  2. The area is surveyed by a trained sigma location of underground services permit authorizer using a calibrated Cat 4 + Cat & Ginny Locator.
  3. Any existing services detected, appropriate depths verified and marked on drawings Information communicated to operatives via the permit to dig form.
  4. Hand digging to take place close to services.
  5. Special care is taken when using picks & crow-bars; they must be of non-conductive material
  6. Hand-tools are used within 0.5 m of a buried service.
  7. Services are never used as hand or footholds & are supported if exposed.  Extreme care is taken if joints are exposed.
  8. An emergency plan is in place should any damage occur to an underground service.
  9. Approved code of practice for avoiding underground services and avoid danger from overhead services are adhered to at all times.
  10. Goalposts bunting and signage erected where necessary.
Protection and preservation of the Environment during the works laying the 710 mm Pipe in Craigendoran:
  1. All fuel containers to be marked up and stored on a bonded area in a locked container.
  2. All small plant and stationary equipment to be placed on plant nappies at all times.
  3. Spill Kits are to be made available in designated areas of the site and their locations highlighted with signage and details of the location included in the site induction.
  4. All fuel for the plant to be stored in a double-skinned bunded fuel bowser and placed in a designated location in the site compound.
  5. Fire extinguishers to be placed in areas of suitable access near the fuel storage location.
  6. The location of all extinguishers to be made available in designated areas of the site and their locations highlighted with signage and details of the location and correct usage to be included in the site inductions.
  7. The pre-filling will take place at the designated fuel bowser location. The browser will not be brought out to fuel.
  8. The machines from its location and at no time shall the bowser be brought to the shore/beach.
  9. All items of plant to have biodegradable oil only. Plant operators will be provided with all necessary information for the correct use of plant containing biodegradable oil and details about the oil type will be included in the site inductions.
  10. All plant will be provided with spill kits and checked regularly to ensure there is an adequate supply available.
  11. As the works will be in tidal conditions, de-watering will not be effective when the water is in the immediate area of the works. Pipe laying can commence after the water has drained naturally from the area to be excavated.
  12. Localized pumping may be required for areas of construction or pipe laying. A pump can only be utilized with the outfall hose connected into a plant nappy working and functioning as a settlement area and assist with the removal of Hydrocarbons if present.
  13. All Pumps will be seated on bonded plant nappies at all times.
  14. A temporary settlement bound can be set up at the compound area for any de watering requirements or with.
  15. The assistance of concrete trucks and will be maintained at regular intervals as necessary.
  16. All plant inspections will be made daily, any leaks or concerns will be brought to the managers
  17. Attention and the plant will be excluded from any further works until repaired.
  18. The inductions will include a dedicated section to the protection of the surrounding environment and regular toolbox talks will include information on environmental protection.

1. Environmental

A. Waste Management:
  • A waste management plan mechanism and system will be prepared for the project and available at the worksite office for inspection.
  • Waste at worksite shall be controlled and managed at all times.
  • Waste shall be transferred by accordingly registered carriers and only removed to licensed sites.
  • Wastes shall be kept securely, suitably contained and labelled.
  • Hazardous wastes shall be kept separately and securely labelled containers for the task and disposed of following the Hazardous Waste Regulations.
B. Waste Minimization:
The COMPANY shall endeavor to minimize waste streams in line with the principles of the waste hierarchy:
  • Avoidance of waste at source.
  • Reduction of waste volumes.
  • Re-use of uncontaminated spoil within the works.
  • Arrange for recycling of the waste.
  • Disposal as a last option.
C. Operations of Vehicles and Plant:
To make sure the minimal impact from the operation of vehicles and plant, operators shall give due regard and implement the below:
  • Minimize route and journey mileage to and from and around the site.
  • Prevent nuisance to the community created and produced by parking, spoil from vehicle movements, noise and access constraint.
  • Ensure prevention of spillage of spoil, fuels, coolants, hydraulic oils and other vehicle fuels.
  • Maintain vehicles.
  • Ensure all vehicles and machinery are turned off when not in use.
  • Ensure suitable control for the means of access and egress to the public highway.
D. Noise and Nuisance:
Care shall be taken by the COMPANY Civil Works to ensure good image and relations with the local community by the following:
  • The use of offensive language, behavior and or discourtesy to the public prohibited.
  • The Excessive noise from plant, tools, equipment, vehicles and employees being monitored.
  • Severe compliance with noise and working hour restrictions.
  • Excessive emissions of dust, fumes and odors.
  • The COMPANY will ensure a high standard of housekeeping and litter control on all sites at all times.
E. Water Protection:
  • Fuels, oils, greases and hydraulic fluids must be stored in bonded compounds a minimum of 50m from the watercourse.
  • Excavators will be modified to operate with biodegradable hydraulic oil.
  • Diesel to be stored in double-skinned tanks/diesel bowsers – refueling of the plant to only take place if drip trays are in a position.
  • Refueling of machinery will be carried out in bonded areas.
  • Runoff from machine service (diesel, lubrication contamination) and concrete mixing areas must not enter the watercourse.
  • Stockpile areas for sands and gravel will be kept to a minimum size, 50m away from the watercourse.
  • Runoff from the above will only be routed to the watercourse via suitably designed and sited settlement ponds/filter channels.
  • Settlement ponds should be observed daily and maintained regularly.
  • Interim crossings will be fabricated to the criteria laid down for permanent works.
  • Watercourse banks will be left intact if possible.
  • If they have to be disturbed, all practicable initiatives should be adopted to prevent soils from entering the watercourse.
F. Quality Controls
  • Work carried out following the specification documents.
  • Pipe welding test carried out following the specification.

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