A surveillance system designed to keep an eye on the build up of mud on construction sites has been developed to improve health and safety.
The product of a partnership between facilities management firm OCS, and the Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture (SCS JV), the MudCam system continually monitors areas where mud might build-up, providing alerts to site managers.
Andrew Campbell, security systems director at OCS, said: “MudCam was developed in direct response to political and legislative requests, and to maintain the highest levels of health and safety on the HS2 Project.
“It’s a totally unique product that demonstrates our commitment to reducing the impact of construction works and ensuring the safety of the surrounding community.
“We’re currently in initial conversations about a number of future opportunities for MudCam, and are working with our supply chain to develop new technologies to benefit the wider industry.”
The system can be used in a number of “strategic locations” on public highways, say its developers, such as pre-determined construction site traffic routes, where awareness of mud build-up would be “advantageous” to enable “appropriate monitoring, action and response”.
Furthermore, it is claimed the system will improve safety on-site for employees, as well as help strengthen relations with local communities by preventing the potentially unsightly and dangerous build-up of mud.
Mark Starosolsky, director of logistics at SCS JV, added: “It’s often the simple innovations that have the most impact. It is important that a project of this scale constantly reviews its work and develops initiatives to create a step-change improvement for our industry.
“I am proud that OCS have developed this solution for us, to improve safety and create a better environment for road users and the local community.”
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