Traction Rail Electrical Ltd. use Ontrack Safe Work Planning system which is a Network Rail approved platform for uploading documents online through an app. It is used to create safe work packs (SWP) and to review or sign SWPs, this prevents delay or documents being lost or damaged.
All the Responsible Managers will have access to this system through a tablet provided and any member of staff can access the documents for reference whenever required. This method is currently being used successfully by Traction Rail Electrical Ltd. on the DC Cable and Lug Upgrade project.
Non-conformances and close calls are raised by tablet / phone through an app called ‘My Compliance’ which is a web-based software that logs any on site incidents and good practices. It is also used to carry out risk assessments, manage business and ISO requirements and to log all training.
An alert is automatically sent to senior management to monitor and create any actions necessary. This app manages all compliance requirements in one place for all environmental, health & safety and quality needs.
Traction Rail Electrical Ltd. are continuously looking at ways to improve the quality of tools and equipment used on site, all assets are continuously monitored to ensure they are not damaged or in poor condition. All tools and equipment are inspected before and after use and serviced / calibrated throughout the year.
Traction Rail Electrical Ltd are continuously investing in battery powered equipment with more reliable battery life than before and still providing the required pressure with every operation (unlike the previous battery models), these new family of tools have smart technology, the hydraulic enables the operator to select between functions and power settings, providing feedback with visual indicators which include a warning system if they are being misused. The data can also be downloaded if required to analyse. The Battery Rail Drill utilises the same battery technology, the Rail Drill Indicates when the drill is being used to heavily or incorrectly with visual indicators. This change is both better for environment and more efficient. We have also found that the general life expectancy of these tools is longer.
Another investment has been digital Torque Wrenches, these provide more accurate readings for both under or over torque settings and check the minimum and maximum allowances. They have a traffic light warning system showing red or green depending on the reading from the allowance set. The torque Wrenches have also been present to the most relevant values, along with a List on the inside of the cover to ensure the operator is always able to check if required. It also records information taking the torque readings from the day that can be downloaded electronically and kept on record. Traction Rail Electrical Ltd have previously been asked for the torque readings for a site after a works had been complete which proved easy having them saved electronically.
Traction Rail Electrical Ltd have allocated each van with it’s own ETE kits which includes the same general tools meaning that each van attending a worksite has the same standardised tools available to them. This ensures that works can be undertaken by any one of Traction Rail Electrical Ltd’s operatives without the need to travel to pick them up from someone else or visit Traction Rail Electrical Ltd’s stores unnecessarily. We have found that standardising the tooling this way saves a lot of time organising tools required for works to progress.
Further to standardising the tools for general works within the vans, two specific hand tool kits are issued to each ETE person so that each has their own ETE tool kit. Each kit is organised in the same way with foam inserts cut to fit specific tools which means all tools have their own place. Every tool is individually numbered, and each tool is engraved with a reference to which tool kit it belongs to. This has proved very effective with saving time looking for tools as all the necessary tools for undertaking ETE works are to hand.
On February 28th 2020, the site team collectively agreed a list of expected and unacceptable behaviours to encourage Fairness, Inclusion and Respect within the Company. The objective of Fairness, Inclusion and Respect within the Company is to generate awareness for all employees, to promote and develop understanding collectively.
•Listening to others
•Working as a team
•Supporting one another
•High Standards of work
•Good time keeping and attendance
•Cleanliness/ appearance to a high standard
•Discrimination of any type
The above list will be reviewed and updated as further information and training become available and delivered to the team.