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Case 164 - Essential sewer maintenance results in road closure as work cannot be done at night due to health and safety

Issue

The enquirer is concerned about a news story regarding a road closure for sewer maintenance. The project manager is quoted "the reasons why the road closure has to take place is because this work cannot be completed at night for health and safety reasons".

Panel decision

This task is part of a larger project which involves necessary but complex repair work. The contractor has worked closely with the local authority to find the safest and most effective way to undertake it. This does mean a road closure but the contractor will be working extended hours and weekends to complete it as quickly as possible. There are some real health and safety risks in this situation which need to be properly managed and the road closure was the best option.

2013-04-22