M11 EJV Safety Awareness Presentation for Local National Schools
M11 EJV decided to give a Safety Awareness Presentation to the 5th and 6th class children in the surrounding national schools, to highlight the risks and hazards associated to trespassing on a construction site.
Some of the topics covered were:
- Dangers when working at heights
- Machines on Site
- Building Materials
- Slips, Trips and Falls
- Safety & Personal Protection Equipment
- Safety Signage
We also showed them some drone footage of the N80 & N30 Link as it is being constructed, to give them a better idea of the scale of the Project and how big the Plant and Machinery are.
The Presentation was given by:
Daragh Earle, M11 EJV Health & Safety Officer and Maria Sweeney, M11 EJV Quality Manager. Also in attendance where Yvonne Jones, PPP Co Ltd General Manager, Leo Leonard, M11 EJV Public Liaison Officer and Sarah Sinnott M11 EJV Quality Administrator.
Commencement of Blasting on Site
Details of the blasting works which are to take place in the coming months are as follows:
- The location of the blasting is between M11/Clogh Roundabout and extends south to approx. 1km north of Ballygullen Road
- The first trial blast took place on November 22nd 2016 between 12.00pm and 4.00pm
- Subsequent blasting will take place here once/twice weekly depending on production requirements and we envisage that the blasting will be complete here by July 2017. We will endeavour to confirm the exact date of each blast the Friday before it is to take place
- Precondition surveys and well surveys have been carried out on adjacent properties within 250m of the blasting area. If your property is within this band and you have any specific concerns, please contact us at 053-92-70590
- Vibration monitors will be set up at a number of nearby properties to ensure that vibration levels are adhered to
- From the time of the first warning signal, each blast operation is likely to take 25 minutes with the following Blast Audio Warning Procedure :
Please note that at the time of the blast, sentries will be in place to ensure that no persons wander into the blast area and these sentries will remain in place until the all clear is received after the blast from the shotfire.
Colouring Competition – Spot the dangers!
We would like to thank all the children that took part in our colouring competition and sent us their wonderful drawings.
Local content & economic spin-off’s
The M11EJV recognise the importance of working in partnership with the local community, and is committed to employing local workers where expertise and experience exists and offering local suppliers and contractors opportunities from Wexford and adjoining counties. At peak construction over 600 people will be employed directly on the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP project. Where relevant expertise and experience exists, the M11 EJV and the main contractors employed by the M11EJV try to employ local staff. Between now and the end of construction in 2019, 600 full-time equivalent jobs will be sustained on the project, with most of these being in Wexford. It is envisaged that this will support a further 200 local indirect jobs in the locality. In March 2016, the M11 EJV and our partner employment contractors attended the jobs fair in Wexford organised by the Department of Social Protection in conjunction with the European Employment Services. There we met local candidates who are interested in working on the project and have retained many contact for future reference.
Local contractors have already benefited from the project – and have, in turn, contributed significantly to its progress and outstanding safety record to date. Casey Enterprises of Gorey, E&R Warren of Gorey, Bolger Hardware of Enniscorthy, Sean Murphy Civil Engineering of Rathdrum, Alpha Plant Hire of Arklow and Hogan Print of Enniscorthy are among the local companies that have worked on the project over the past year. They have continued to gain safety and quality experience and accreditation putting them in a strong position to compete for other similar projects in the future.
The local economy has started to benefit in other ways too as a result of the M11 project. At peak construction, up to 200 people will be living in accommodation locally. Local suppliers are providing products and services to the project, while local restaurants and businesses are beginning to benefit from a significant amount of activity. It will be beneficial in sales for local suppliers such as hardware shops, hauliers, plant hire, cafes and countless other local businesses.
The scheme, once complete, will relieve the problem of traffic tailbacks in Enniscorthy which affects so many people going about their daily business and going to and from work every day. It will also free up traffic around Camolin and Ferns and greatly enhance the environments in these areas. As well as the typical quantified economic benefits such as time savings, accident reductions and vehicle cost savings the environmental benefits such as reductions in noise, air and water pollution, visual intrusion, heritage buildings and sites, flora and fauna will also manifest. This will result in substantial positive impact on local communities and additional savings to the local economy.
The benefits to the local community continue after the construction phase is complete. Approximately 20 full-time equivalent jobs will be sustained on the project during the operations and maintenance of the motorway and it is expected that a significant number of these will be local.
Local contractors and suppliers currently working on the M11 EJV project:
• Duncan Fencing Limited
• Mulligan Fencing Limited
• Wicklow Farm Relief Services
• E&R Warren
• Casey Enterprises
• Alpha Plant Limited
• Hennessy Civil Engineering
• Testconsult Limited
• Campus Oil