From Disaster to Development: AECOM Increases Safety in Australia

From Disaster to Development: AECOM Increases Safety in Australia

Flooding shortly after Cyclone Yasi in 2011 in the Ingham area of Hinchinbrook Shire Council in Australia. AECOM later helped to safely restore, repair and rehabilitate 2,087 square kilometers (806 square miles) of damaged road networks in the area.

Construction of the binding layer in preparation for the base slab and culverts to rehabilitate the Michael Creek Causeway in Hinchinbrook Shire Council, Australia.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 9:05am

CAMPAIGN: Safety for Life

CONTENT: Article

A Culture of Caring

AECOM was selected as principal program consultant to safely restore, repair, and rehabilitate damaged road networks following a number of natural disasters in Queensland, Australia.

From 2010 to 2013, Hinchinbrook Shire Council (HSC) in Queensland, Australia, suffered a number of natural disasters, including category 5 Cyclone Yasi and subsequent flooding events. AECOM was selected as the principal program consultant — tasked with guiding a supply chain of local constructors to safely restore, repair and rehabilitate 2,087 square kilometers (806 square miles) of damaged road networks.

The National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) project was designed to use as many local contractors and plant operators as possible, which posed an increased safety challenge for AECOM as it directly supervised construction work.

“From the outset of the program, the team designed a safety framework for staff and contractors to use to increase safety awareness, deliver a safe work program, and integrate construction and traffic management best practices,” said Dyrick Hobbs, AECOM program manager on the project. “The project team also worked proactively with individual contractors to assess and refine their safety systems and procedures, and incorporated safety training and regular safety planning audits.”

The result has been a marked increase in local contractor safety awareness and the use of safety systems and protocols by operators and contractors. Many contractors on the project now use systems designed, developed and implemented by AECOM.

“The AU$140-million (US$120-million) HSC NDDRA program holds an impressive safety record and has positively impacted the local construction industry,” said Hinchinbrook Shire Councillor David Geoffrey Carr, Portfolio — Engineering Services.

Check out AECOM’s most recent safety report for more on how the company promotes safety around the world.


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