Project Grand Paris Line 11
Safer tunnel-boring machines
Working with partners from France and Italy, Implenia is currently helping build a section of tunnel, around three kilometres long, for Metro line number 11 on the edge of Paris. This makes the company part of one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe: the “Grand Paris Express”.
Implenia has plenty of experience in underground construction, and the expertise we have developed was crucial to winning the contract in Paris. Being new to the French market, Implenia is keen to prove its skill and expertise.
It doesn’t just want to impress with the high quality of its work, however, but also with its very low accident rate. As always, the company aims to ensure there are as few accidents as possible and no fatalities. This goal is particularly challenging for tunnelling work.
Implenia France worked with the manufacturer to develop a new safety and ergonomics concept for the two tunnel-boring machines. When the machines were still at the design phase, a group led by the Safety Officer took a long hard look at them and analysed possible sources of accident risk. This group then proposed ways of minimising these risks. The measures were implemented and reviewed again when the machines were actually assembled.
The working group also developed a safety manual covering both the actual drilling and the maintenance work. A safety poster listing the most important rules was displayed at every workstation so the employees concerned were sensitised to the risks even when the machines were being assembled.
Implenia France took great pains to involve all the all main players in the design and construction of the tunnel boring machines. From the manufacturer to the accident prevention organisation to the workers themselves, everyone contributed to the Health & Safety process. As well as helping minimise risk, this approach also ensured the best possible working conditions underground.
- Put to the testImplenia Sverige conducted its first Safety Week for staff in 2017. The centrepiece was an emergency drill conducted together with the fire department at the Johannelund construction site near Stockholm.
- Under the microscopeIn a successful pilot project, Implenia conducted a detailed analysis of electricity consumption and energy-saving potential at its Mannheim depot. The first measures taken are reducing energy costs by 13,000 euros a year.
- Meticulous on-site organisationImplenia is testing out the construction site of the future at its Pont-Rouge project. A whole series of new approaches designed to make construction more efficient are being given a thorough workout in Geneva.