Safelane assists daytime roadworks

“The work crews feel safer on site thanks to the Safelane system, as they know that there are some drivers who just don’t care!”

Ringway Infrastructure Services have deployed the Intellicone® Safelane equipment to help improve their safety protocols during the resurfacing works on the B 1261, Crossgates to Musham Bank. The works were carried out during the daytime on a busy B-road that cuts through a residential area.

As such, Intellicone® enabled full road closures were required to prevent access from the A64 and from the housing estate. Access to site was through a manned chicane, where an R-Series PSA was placed, which included a CCTV camera, both to be activated by the operatives Panic Alarm.

If the full closures or the access points were breached by an errant vehicle, the strategically placed Crew Alarms would be instantly activated allowing the works crews to seek safety.

’When the Alarm goes off, it really makes you look around. I can even hear through my ear defenders.”- Coneworx TM

‘’It ‘s easy to use, easy to set up’’.- Coneworx TM

“I’m keen on it, it has done just what we wanted it to do”. – Area Agent, Ringway Infrastructure Services

‘’It’s been no bother, even in the high winds’’.- Coneworx TM

‘’I like the way the Panic Button works at the access point’’.- Coneworx TM

‘’We had to changes plans slightly and the kit adapted to suit’’.- Coneworx TM

Everyone went home safely

“This highlights the importance of the Intellicone system having been deployed correctly, and may just be on this occasion the system that sent all the contractors home safely to their families.”

Aone+ used the Safelane system to close around 5 kilometres of the A14 between junction 7 and junction 3 westbound. The closure was installed for resurfacing, white lining and stud replacement.  The equipment to be installed consisted of 1 Checkpoint (Orange Unit) to be moved down the site, dictated by the site manager as the site location moved every night. The access points (2 Red Units) were located at junction 7 entry slip and also a farm access as well as 3 yellow units,  which were used for side road-blocks. We also had on site 3 blue contractor units, all units were deployed overnight.

“We received a phone call from the TMF advising that two stray vehicles had entered the site. The first vehicle had pulled up at the main gate and said he needed to get to the hospital at junction 6, when they got close to junction 6 he sped off before coming to a halt at the check point and  was then removed from site. The second vehicle ran the access point triggering the Intellicone system and sped down the closure. When he got to the check point he mounted the grass and carried on towards the workers, as this happened the Operative on the checkpoint triggered his panic alarm, thus setting of the contractors Intellicone Alarm alerting the workforce to the oncoming danger”

“The stray vehicle came up against the checkpoint that was added to the design yesterday and installed last night. Happy days, accident averted!”. – IDT Manager Area 7

“We had some training on the system and it was easy to work. We only had to switch the unit on and press deploy’’. – TM Operative Area 7

“Using Safelane reduced the number of TM lads on site. Also as there was a lot of work going on, it reduced the plant movements creating a safer site”. – IDT Manager Area 7

‘The system was simple to understand easy to set up’’.- TM Operative Area 7

Without Safelane, who knows what would have happened

“Thanks to the Safelane system, the Crews had just enough time to turn around and see the truck speeding towards them. As they safely moved out of the way, the truck smashed through the second ‘holding barrier’ sending the plastic barriers, cones and signs towards the Crews”

An Airlock entry system had been placed on the M25, junction 30 slip road onto the A13 by Skanska Balfour Beatty . To enhance the Crews safety, the Intellicone Safelane Panic Alarm/ Gatemen system had been deployed. The work crews who were resurfacing the highway were only 1/2 km further down the road. A few hours into the shift, the closure was breached by a white Bedford truck driver.

The Gateman immediately triggered his Panic Alarm, simultaneously setting off the Blue Crew Alarm, alerting them to move to safety. As the rogue driver saw the mass of flashing beacons in front of him, he sped up and forced his way through the holding point barrier, through the remainder of the roadworks and off site. All with the blatant disregard for the workforce.
‘’Without Safelane, who knows what would have happened with regards to injuries or even fatalities’’.-Skanska TM
‘’It ‘s really good, especially how it protects the work crews’’ -TM Operative
‘’It’s a good system, I really like the way the Panic Button works’’. – TM Operative
“Safelane has already proved its worth on two separate occasions now’’.- Skanska TM

Preventing an incursion on the A5

A5 Resurfacing Works Towcester to Old Stratford

“A full closure point was set up on the Pury Lane junction with the A5. At approximately 23:30 a motorist stopped at the closure, got out of his vehicle and started to move cones. As soon as the first cone was moved the alarm sounded, the driver then quickly go back into hist vehicle and dissapeared back down the road he had come from”

The Safelane system was used to close 10 miles of the A5 between Towcester Racecourse and Old Stratford roundabout.  The closure required 2 checkpoints with airlocks (Orange Alarms), 2 works access points (Red Alarms) and 15 full closure points (Yelllow Alarms and Intellicone lamps). In additon there were 5 Blue Alarms for the workforce operating inside the closure.

When the member of the public attempted to gain access via a full closure point and was dettered by the Yellow Alarm, this also alerted the Traffic Management Operatives situated at the Checkpoint (Orange Alarm) with CCTV and Panic Alarm). If the member of the public would have proceeded towards the checkpoint and posed a threat to the workforce the Traffic Management Operatives manning the checkpoint could have sounded the Blue Alarms of the workforce. In this case the incursion was contained and there was no need to alert them and halt work unecessarily.

“The works involved would normally require using around 40 Traffic Management Operatives but using Safelane reduce this by a 1/3 giving a significant saving to the scheme”.-  IDT Manager Area 7

“Installing a Yellow Alarm removed us from the block and any confrontation with members of the public”.-      TM Operative Area 7

“The Site Manager had briefed us to move to a designated position of safety if the Blue Alarm was activated”.-  DBI White Lining Crew

“Once we were told how to use the system it was easy to install and understand how it worked”.-  TM Operative Area 7

Preventing cyclist incursions in Lake District

The Safelane system was deployed on a full road closure on the A66 near Bassenthwaite Lake to provide and advance warning to the workforce on any incursions by vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians. The Intellicone enabled cone barrier was set up with an Intellicone Portable Site Alarm to act as a deterrent and an Intellicone Portable Site Alarm near the workforce.

“The road closure was breached multiple times by cyclists attempting to enter through the Intellicone enabled cone barrier. The Safelane incursion system alerted the workforce everytime. The system proved a great deterrent with a large number of attempted incursions aborted by cyclists hearing/ seeing the Audio Visual Portable Site Alarm”
“The Safelane Incursion System alerted the workforce of breaches”
“The workforce can prepare for any unauthorised personnel or vehicles that may access the worksite”
“The Intellicone enabled cone barrier proved a good deterrent”
“With the Intellicone warning system the workforce is made aware of any possible incursions”

Panic Alarm Protects Workforce on A13

 M25 Junction 30/A13 Corridor Relieving Congestion Scheme

“The roadworks were breached by a motorbike at the site entrance point and so our traffic management operative activated the Safelane Panic Alarm to warn the workforce who were able to move to safety before the motorbike reached them”
The Safelane Panic Alarm System has been successfully deployed by Skanska Balfour Beatty JV on the M25 Junction 30/A13 Corridor Scheme. Safelane is used as a three point safety measure:
i) with Red Alarms positioned at works entry points, potential confrontation with motorists can be defused by activating the alarm
ii) when the Red Alarm is activated this records footage of the incident
iii) simultaneously on activation the Blue Alarms near the workforce are activate, warning them to get to a position of safety
“Its the business, just what we need” TM Supervisor Balfour Beatty Skanska JV
“It gives greater confidence working inside the closure” TM Operative
“The closure is more secure from the public” TM Operative
“Its easy to set up and we use it every day” TM Supervisor Balfour Beatty Skanska JV

Preventing an incursion on the A180

Central reservation works – Great Coates to Pyewipe

“On the East entry slip road, the Intellicone enabled cone lamps were moved by a motorist activating the local alarm and the Checkpoint alarm. The local alarm acted as a deterrent and the motorist moved on without entering site”

The Safelane incursion system was innovatively used on the A180 by Aone+ Area 12. The system which consisted of a full closure point (Yellow Alarm and Intellicone cone lamps), 1 Check Point (Orange Alarm, Panic Alarm & CCTV) and 1 workforce alarm (Blue Alarm),  was used overnight as a pre-works scheme, to allow safe implementation of the daytime network traffic management, site materials and plant.

The Check Point was positioned to receive an alarm from the full closure point if this was breached and a sa secondary safety stop ahead of the workforce. The fact that the Check Point was manned allowed the Operative to assess the situation and only alert the work force (Blue Alarm) if necessary. During the incident as outlined the motorist was deterred from proceeding hence the Check Point crew only needed to reinstate the traffic management at the closure point.
“The system was easy to set up”.- TM Operative Area 12
“With Safelane in place, there was no need to man the entry slip, saving on man power”.- TM Supervisor Area 12
“It gives greater confidence working inside the closure”.- TM Operative Area 12
“The closure is more secure from the public”.- TM Operative Area 12
“Safelane is easy to understand”.- TM Operative Area 12

Intellicone Safelane prevents incursion on A180 road closure

‘On the East entry slip road, the Intellicone enabled cone lamps were moved by a motorist activating a local alarm which alerted a mannned checkpoint within the worksite. The local alarm acted as a deterrent and the motorist moved on without entering the site’

In April A-one+ Area 12 deployed the Intellicone Safelane perimeter incurion system on a A180 road closure. The system consisted of 1 full closure point, 1 checkpoint with CCTV & panic alarm and 1 contractor alarm was deployed overnight as a pre-works scheme, to allow the safe implementation of the daytime network traffic management, materials and plant.
The manned checkpoint was positioned to receive an alarm signal from the full closure point which was unmanned. During the incident outlined above the traffic management operatives at the manned checkpoint received notification of the attempted breach at the full closure point. They were able to rectify the traffic management and contain the situation without having to resort to alerting the workforce using their Intellicone panic alarm system.
In case the motorist would have gained access and posed a risk the traffic management operatives would have been able to alert the workforce.

Safelane features in May 2015 World Highways & ITS International Magazines

Intellicone Safelane feature prominently in the 2015 issue of World Highway magazine. The feature cover the recent successful deployments by Chevron in the Manchester area.