Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild news 14

Posted 28 Oct 2011 by SCIRT Popular
Posted in Media , Transport

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Significant project nears completion with support from Mt Pleasant and Redcliffs communities

 

The replacement of the water main under McCormacks Bay Road is almost complete.

 

This is a small milestone for the infrastructure rebuild project, but it will be a massive relief to the local residents when work on this road is finished. From next week, people that are travelling through this area will be pleased to see the road sealed again. 
 
Fulton Hogan, as part of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT), started the work at the beginning of July. Due to the damage caused to Main Road, and the underlying water main, it was decided to re-route the water main under McCormacks Bay Road to ensure that the pipe is better able to withstand any future aftershocks. 
 
Working in this area, Fulton Hogan is aware that residents lost their Community Centre in the February earthquake. This has made the local farmers market and the shops on Soleares Avenue even more important as meeting places. We have worked with the community to minimise disruption to these community hubs. This included leaving access to the shops on Soleares Avenue open and avoiding working near the Community Centre carpark on a Saturday, to support the farmers market.
 
The Fulton Hogan crew who temporarily moved from Central Otago to help with the rebuild in Christchurch have enjoyed working on the McCormacks Bay Road project. The support from the local community, especially the local residents, has been outstanding – and it even included home baking! SCIRT would like to give a big thank you to the people of Mt Pleasant and Redcliffs for their understanding and patience throughout the project. 
 
Work to the water sub mains on McCormacks Bay Road will start in November.
 
The photos below show work on the replacement of the water main.
 

This week’s roundup of new works

 

SCIRT is busy undertaking repairs around the city. You will see our contractors working on a range of tasks, from temporary emergency repairs to investigation and permanent rebuild projects. You can view the details of these recently distributed work notices on our website.

 

Suburb

Where

Work Type

Expected completion date*

Delivery Team

Dallington

Birchfield Ave**

Wastewater

Early 2012

MacDow Fletcher JV 0508 718 719

Dallington

Gayhurst Road**

Wastewater

Early 2012

MacDow Fletcher JV 0508 718 719

Dallington

Achilles Street**

Wastewater

End November

MacDow Fletcher JV 0508 718 719

Redcliffs

Beachville Road

Water

Early December

Fulton Hogan
0800 2773434

New Brighton

Bower Avenue

Wastewater

Late October

City Care
0800 632 889

New Brighton

Blake Street

Water

Mid December

Fulton Hogan 0800 2773434

South New Brighton

Cradock Street

Wastewater

Mid December

Fulton Hogan 0800 2773434

South New Brighton

Bridge Street

Water

End November

Fulton Hogan 0800 2773434

Woolston

Teal Close

Wastewater

Early November

City Care
0800 632 889

*All works are subject to favourable weather and on-site construction conditions.

**Part of a wider programme of work that is expected to be completed mid-2012. For more details please visit www.strongerchristchurch.govt.nz

 


Keeping our workers safe

Zero harm

 

Keeping our workers safe

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Safety is a priority for the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT). We plan and undertake all activities to ensure the safety of our communities, motorists and our workers. Our belief is that all harm is preventable and the only acceptable target for injury rates is zero. 

This means that our workers should get to the end of each working day in as good a shape as when they left for work in the morning!
 
One of the ways that we keep our workers safe is by ensuring that they wear the correct safety gear for the work that they are doing. This includes Personal Protective Equipment and clothing, which is designed to maximise safety and minimise the hazards that our workers are exposed to on our worksites.
 
As a minimum, Personal Protective Equipment and clothing includes a high visibility vest, long sleeve shirts, long trousers, a hard hat and steel capped boots and eye protection. Sometimes other equipment is also needed such as gloves and earmuffs. The reason that we use this equipment is described below.
 
1. The 'must have' Personal Protective Equipment:
 
 
High-visibility vest, long sleeves, long trousers
Site workers need to do everything possible to be seen because they work around heavy machinery and traffic. High-visibility vests help to keep our workers visible, which helps to avoid injuries.
 
 
 
 
Long trousers and long sleeves have recently been recommended by the Cancer Society for the construction industry in New Zealand, but are mandatory throughout Asia, Australia and other places for a long time. They are needed because New Zealand has very high rates of UV radiation, which outdoor workers are exposed to. This clothing also protects against hazardous material (such as concrete, diesel, and other chemicals) and other contact injuries.
 
 
Hard hat
Accidents involving head injuries are quite common in the construction industry and can result in serious injury (such as concussion, brain injury, fractures and soft tissue injuries). Hard hats deflect falling or flying materials from fragile human skulls. They also cushion the impact of hazards at head height.
 
 
 
Steel capped boots
Steel capped boots protect toes, which is especially important around heavy equipment where toes can be crushed by heavy objects.
 
 
 
 
 
Eye protection
Safety goggles and glasses protect eyes, which are especially sensitive and prone to serious injury. Four thousand New Zealanders suffer an eye injury at work every year that requires them to take time off. Permanently impaired vision and complete blindness are common, so adequate eye protection is critical.
 
 
 
 
2. Task specific Personal Protective Equipment:
 
 
 
Gloves
One of the most common injuries in the construction industry is to hands, fingers and wrists. Gloves provide some protection for this and also against burns, harmful materials, and blistering.
 
 
 
 
Earmuffs
Some jobs involve working near equipment that is louder than the safe, or comfortable, levels of noise exposure. Without the appropriate protection, our workers could suffer permanent hearing loss or impairment.
 
 
 
The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team will be repairing the city’s earthquake damaged roads, water, wastewater and storm water pipes over the next five years. Our goal is to ensure that our team goes home safe and injury free at the end of each day.
 

Keeping in touch

We want to let you know when works are underway and hear your ideas about how we can best keep you informed, so keep an eye on these places:

Online:
Log on to http://www.strongerchristchurch.govt.nz 
Follow us on Twitter@SCIRT_info

Newspapers:
Watch out for our updates in Christchurch newspapers

Letterbox:
Keep an eye on your letterbox for notification about upcoming works in your street.

In your community:
Drop in to your local library/service centre to pick up some information about SCIRT.
Email us at info@strongerchch.co.nz or phone the Call Centre on 941 8999.

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