Lighting the way for track and infrastructure workers
LightStick and Light Shapes
17 August 2012 14:41:13
Unipart Rail's range of lighting sticks and light shapes help safety and productivity at track and infrastructure worksites. The Lightsticks are already installed in many UK rail passenger coachers for use in emergency situations at night or for tunnel evacuations
Following a number of product demonstrations and trials in addition to working closely with David Sowter, Health and Safety Advisor, AmeyColas and Shelley Winfield, Health and Safety, Track, Network Rail, Unipart Rail has helped identify a number of specific uses for lightsticks and light shapes at infrastructure and track worksites. These will provide significant safety and productivity benefits.
The complete range of lightsticks/shapes technology can be applied in a number of ways as Unipart Rail has identified:
- Identifying boudaries and safe areas
- Identifying safe routes and pathways
- Emergency lighting
- Identifying hazards
- Highlighting key staff / work areas
- Illuminating work areas
- Illuminating areas (without mains lighting) eg portable welfare and safe walking routes on remote sites
To meet the requirements of working shift patterns, the range has been developed (in conjunction with Unipart's supplier Cyalume) to increase the effective working to a minimum of eight hours. This ensures that the light output quality lasts and is consistent throughout the entire night shift. Network Rail advises the use of different coloured and shaped products for different uses to ensure consistent deployment across the network by all work crews.
David Sowter, HSE Advisor, AmeyColas commented "Working with Unipart Rail to develop the lighting stick/shape technology for use on infrastructure during the hours of darkness has resulted in a significant step forward to increasing worker safety and productivity."
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