Skanska AB, the multinational construction and development company based in Sweden, is one of the largest construction companies in the world. One of Skanska UK’s current projects is a £49.9 million contract from the University of Cambridge to deliver infrastructure for Phase 1 of the North West Cambridge Development, the University’s largest single capital development project.
Skanska insists that all large vehicles entering its sites are compliant with the safety features needed to attain the FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme). To demonstrate these features and to show Long Road students – many of whom cycle or come to College on mopeds – how careful they need to be in proximity to large vehicles, Skanska visited Long Road with one of the companies it works with, Mick George.
Students were shown the external safety features on the lorry:
• Extra mirrors
• Rear warning sign showing blind spot
• Reversing alarm (recommended)
• Close proximity sensors and cameras
• Left turn warning – audible and visible
• Reversing camera (recommended)
• Side under-run guards to help prevent cyclists, mopeds, motorcycles and cars from being pulled under the vehicle
Students also went up in the cab to try out the warnings – and, more importantly, to understand how vulnerable they are, especially in the large vehicle’s blind spot. There were also mats outside showing where the blind spots are.
Heather Chambers, Vice Principal, says: “We are extremely grateful to Skanksa UK and Mick George for coming to Long Road. We take the safety of our students very seriously, and it is crucial that they realise how careful they need to be, not just while cycling or using motorised transport in Cambridge in the winter, but wherever they are, and whatever the time of year.”
Main photo: Hilary Smith from Mick George points out external safety features