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Zero Harm Strategy

We need to continue to implement safety as our utmost priority. We have formed a Zero harm plan that aligns with Highways England’s commitment to uphold that “No one should be harmed when travelling on a strategic road network.” We need to be committed to cause zero harm to anyone who delivers, or comes into contact with any of our activities. This extends to road workers, road users, and all members of staff. We hope to achieve our goal by challenging conventional methods and accepted practice within Connect Plus, Highways England and the supply chain.

Innovators: Connect Plus, Connect Plus Services, Highways England

  • QE2 Bridge Dartford Crossing

The Solution:

  • Within HE we adopted and adapted ‘Zero Harm’ for the M25.
  • Recognised that the best ideas came from those who are undertaking the work around the M25.
  • Don’t Walk By initiative continues to deliver a culture of positive interventions.
  • Safety workshops were held with Highways England, Connect Plus, Connect Plus Services, Framework Contractors and Tier 2 suppliers.
  • All suppliers are expected to contribute and participate in initiatives and trials.

The Benefits & The Future:

  • Road worker safety has continued to make progress in 2015-16.
  • All Accident Frequency Rate and RIDDOR Accident Frequency Rate have remained below target.
  • Proactive culture and improvements in reporting has lead to almost 40% increase in near miss reports and completion of 84% of schedules safety tours.
  • Safety Tours have yielded important intelligence and improvements to safe working practices.
  • We will continue the success of our health and safety forums and use them to share best practice and knowledge, leading the way on safety innovation and setting industry leading minimum standards.