October 2018

Construction Safety Week – Dublin Port

The Roadbridge/L&M Keating Joint Venture team working at Dublin Port, have pulled out all the stops to make sure that Construction Safety Week 2018 is a huge success.  Events have been planned for each day centered around the daily themes.  It is fantastic to see everyone making such an effort for worthwhile topics, so keep up the great work.

Here are some of the events that have taken place so far this week.

Roadbridge Ltd had the pleasure of welcoming Brent Pope to Dublin Port Company where he spoke to a large audience of over 120 workers from Roadbridge, our Joint-venture partners L&M Keating, Dublin Port Company and various sub-contractors.  Also in attendance were guests from the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) Tom McParlon & Dermot Casey.

Brent Pope pictured with Tom Sheehy (Project Manager), Fergus McDevitt (Foreman) & David Murphy (H&S Advisor)

Brent delivered a very emotional and honest reflection of his own battles with mental health which struck home with the entire audience. Brent spoke about the comparisons that can be drawn between Rugby and the construction industry, both of which can be mainly associated with men and the macho image that is prominent in both themes.

Brent advised everyone that they shouldn’t run or hide from the difficulty’s life throws as us, that we should speak openly and seek help when needed. Before leaving we RBLMK felt it was fitting to presenting Brent with a souvenir from his visit which marked our recent achievement of 365 Days without a Lost Time Incident.

On Monday 22nd of October as part of Construction Safety week Roadbridge and our partners L&M Keating (RBLMK) team organised a man overboard rescue drill in Alexandra Basin Dublin Port where we are currently engaged in large scale marine works.

The drill commenced with Fergus McDevitt (rescue trained) delivering a brief introduction identifying the aims and objectives of the drill to a large audience from Roadbridge, our Joint-venture partners L&M Keating, Dublin Port Company and various sub-contractors.

Pre-drill briefing, hosted by Fergus McDevitt

Following the briefing Fergus and his selected volunteers Mark Aylward (Roadbridge), Aaron Dee (Atlantic Towage / L&M Keating) & Pat Sullivan (Atlantic Towage / L&M Keating) proceeded to the water where the safe use of life jackets was explained to the viewers on the quay side.

After this explanation Fergus entered the water and immediately it was obvious to everyone on the quay side how a life jacket deploys and the importance of wearing the jacket correctly.

Mark Aylward demonstrating the use of life buoy

The volunteers in the safety boat, Mark, Aaron & Pat were then tasked with recovering Fergus from the water. This exercise was repeated three times so everyone could see first hand how difficult it is to recover a casualty from the water.

Fergus being recovered from water

As can be seen, a fantastic effort is being made at Dublin Port, so well done to the teams from Roadbridge and L&M Keating.  Attached below is the schedule of events for the rest of the week.

Schedule of events