“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
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
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”
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
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
‘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.
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.
HRS deployed the Intellicone Safelane Panic Alarm System successfully on a recent M25 J21a/ M1 J6 closure to help provide advance warning to the workforce of any incursions by errant vehicles and emergency vehicles.
Thorley Lane Bridge Installation
Intellicone Safelane is designed not only to help minimise the number of work zone incursions, but crucially to safely manage those that do take place. It is also designed to enable traffic management organisations to reduce the number of staff deployed in dangerous perimeter guarding duties, so that they can be safely and more cost-effectively deployed elsewhere. This last point is particularly resonant in an industry typically characterised by a shortfall of human resources, a reliance on expensive agency personnel and consequently also frequent delays.
Chevron succesfully used Intellicone Safelane as part of its bridge replacement project for Balfour Beatty in Cheshire. The company had to temporarily close the M56 near Manchester Airport between junctions five and six for 24 hours a day between 27th February and 2nd March, while it installed a complete bridge across the motorway; the bridge had been fully constructed in a nearby location.
Intellicone enabled VMS were deployed at all four closure/access points, with CCTV mounted on the same platforms, and Intellicone cone barriers and contactless sensors were installed. VMS messages in advance of the work zone warned road users of the closure and CCTV surveillance. The Intellicone platform enables escalation of perimeter breaches of unmanned road closures points to gate men situated at check points and works access points prior to the actual workzone.
During the weekend, there was only one perimeter breach by a police motorcycle. Intellicone sensors detected the incursion, automatically wirelessly triggering an Intellicone alarm situated with the gate men at the checkpoint prior to the actual workzone. The gate man was equipped with a panic alarm with which it was possible to trigger a further Intellicone alarm positioned near the workforce if the situation was deemed a threat to them and could not be contained by the TM operatives.
The inclusion of this human element in the otherwise automatic solution ensured that workers were alerted only when absolutely necessary, thereby precluding the inurement that can often result from exposure to unnecessarily frequent alarms.
Said Chevron’s area manager, John Walls: “We saved 4 men per shift on labour and 4 vehicles as on the last shut down we used 6 men and 6 vehicles per shift but with the Intellicone Safelane kit in place this was reduced to 2 vehicles and 2 men per shift and we covered all closure points There was a saving of approx. £1200 after the hire cost of the equipment opposed to the vehicles and labour”
The Thorley Bridge deployment demonstrated the major advantages provided by the Intellicone Safelane system. These included:
Reduction in human resources required to man road closure points by using internal site checkpoints to simultaneosly monitor multiple closure and works access points
Panic alarm capability for gatemen in event of errant vehicles entering site and threating TM operatives and workforce
Improved customer experience by providing dynamic VMS messages to general public at major closure points
Incident driven event recording by CCTV to enable prosecutions and remote site management
The partnership between MVIS and Highway Resource Solutions (Intellicone) has shown to provide major benefits on large longer term closures where it is feasible to position mobile VMS.
Similar benefits can be realised by deploying the Intellicone Safelane system on typical nightly closures where significant cost savings (up to 50% in cases) are possible whilst making the worksite safer. This can be with or without VMS depending on the type of closure. Where VMS are not feasible incident triggered CCTV is provided by Intellicone.