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Safety first

The Crossrail Act 2008 was given royal assent in July 2008. Construction began on 15 May 2009. L.B. Foster Telecoms (TEW Plus) Ltd started work on the Crossrail project in 2012, subsequently growing its footprint on the project to encompass all 10 new stations.

Working on such a large and complex project demands exceptional planning and logistics coordination, as well as a large pool of skilled and flexible resource on which to draw as required and at different locations across the capital. Designs, project management and resource planning were coordinated from our city offices in Moorgate, close to the Crossrail project itself, as well as from our Cheshunt facilities in Hertfordshire.

Daily, weekly and monthly project meetings with each of our Tier 1 contractor partners enabled changes to designs to be developed, configured and approved quickly, with minimum disruption or delay to the overall project. Our positive ‘can do’ attitude to finding solutions helped us develop a reputation as the ‘go-to’ fixers at each of the project sites.

“L.B. Foster was instrumental in the success of the project at Farringdon station. From our initial pre-contract meetings with the leadership team through to delivery, they have been completely open and involved in the day-to-day issues encountered on a project of this size and complexity.”

Dave Rigney, C660 Package Manager, NG Bailey

Safety First

Throughout the project, our team earned a reputation as a ‘safety first’ contractor. In 2018 we had over 450 people on the project, working a total of 869,760 hours without a single ‘close call’ incident.

Scott Fitzgerald is our Head of Operations. He says: “We foster a positive safety culture, characterised by open communications, mutual trust and shared values. This includes embedding a safety-conscious work environment in which we all openly report and pursue safety issues or concerns.

“That’s about everyone home safe every day. Since 2016 we have worked almost 1.8 million hours on the Crossrail project. During that time we have recorded just 37 near misses. Our aim is to reduce that to Target Zero, which is something we communicate to all employees.”