Taylor Woodrow BAM Nuttall (TWBN) is working on a project to deliver a £500 million scheme for London Underground to upgrade Tottenham Court Road Tube station. The station is a major transport hub providing a link between the Northern and Central lines. Works include re-modelling the existing station, reconstruction of the ticket hall and construction of the concrete box that will form the Crossrail Eastern ticket hall.
With their ‘Beyond Zero’ safety policy, TWBN wants to minimise hand injuries, a particular risk when operatives are handling materials manually.
Globus organised site visits and conducted surveys assessing the hazards faced by the TWBN team. Extensive trials followed and the resulting consensus was that the following gloves from Showa Best and Skytec would offer superior all-round performance and deliver the right amount of protection.
- SKYTEC NINJA X4 This robust, tactile glove off ers superior protection from cuts. It was chosen to protect those involved in tasks handling sharp materials, such as Steel Fixers, Engineers, Mechanical Operatives, Slingers and Labourers.
- SHOWA 377 This is an exceptionally versatile glove. It offers an impervious barrier against concrete and oils while retaining good levels of comfort and grip. It’s also perfect to wear for all fuelling tasks.
- SHOWA 317 This glove offers very good visibility and warmth, ideal for Traffic Marshals and Slinger Signallers.
- SHOWA 380 This product offers exceptional levels of dexterity and secure grip in both wet and dry applications. It’s ideal for site management and trades that require high levels of precision.
Having found the right gloves, the next important step was to launch the new glove range effectively to the workforce. A Globus Account Manager assisted and delivered 'Toolbox Talks' and bespoke training. This was complemented by the provision of bespoke Hand Protection Selection Posters which make the process of selecting the right pair for the application quick and easy.
“The Skytec Ninja X4 glove has definitely reduced the severity of hand injuries on site.”
Generally speaking, safety has been improved across the site and more people are using gloves than before.
David Labram, a Slinger Signaller, comments, "With the selection available there is always a glove to fit the job. The Ninja X4 keeps my hands cool and offers great protection from cuts. The Showa 377s are perfect for keeping hands dry and maintaining grip in the wet."
All gloves play important roles, but due to the amount of manual handling tasks on site where a risk of cuts exists, it is the versatile Skytec Ninja X4 that is the most worn glove. The liner of the X4 offers excellent heat retention, a key attribute in the winter and the coating on the palm is impervious; eradicating the 'squidgyness' feeling when wet - a symptom that plagues cheaper, alternative gloves. A Scaffolder and a Steel-fixer from the Employee Consultation Committee project both agree that the Skytec Ninja X4 is the best glove they have ever had to wear!
Bradley Roynton, a Scaffolder, highlights, "The Ninja X4s are great for a scaffolder as they're sturdy but let you feel what you are doing. The grip coating is the only one I've used that doesn't grab at tubes. I'd even buy these myself if they weren't provided here!"
Nigel Vayro, a Tunneller adds, "The Ninja X4s are great. I don't have to take them off during the day as they are so comfortable to wear."
Summary of benefits:
- More workers are wearing gloves
- Increased productivity – fewer gloves are now being collected because they are lasting longer
- Costs are being driven down – improved durability of gloves and streamlined purchasing procedures
- The severity of hand injuries has reduced
- Reduced stockholding
- The different colours of the gloves make it easy to identify from a distance if the operative is using the correct glove for the task.