M42 junction 6 scheme clocks up 500,000 hours without a single worker losing time through injury


21 Nov 2022

More than 500,000 work hours have been clocked up without any of the 250-strong workforce on the M42 junction 6 improvements scheme taking time off through injury thanks to strict safety measures on site.

An LTI is when someone has to take time off work as a result of a workplace incident or accident and is a standard measure across construction to monitor safety performance.

Around 1800 people have worked on the £282m million transformation of the junction which will see a new junction (5a) on the M42 motorway, approximately 1.8km south of the existing M42 Junction 6 (Solihull).

As part of the upgrade, a new overbridge above the A45 near to the Arden Hotel is also being built providing cyclists and walkers with a safer route to cross the A45.

To create the new junction (5a) National Highways recently installed two new bridges across the M42 weighing a total of 2,050 tonnes. The complex work was carried out in one weekend rather than two to help keep disruption to a minimum for motorists.

Contractor Skanska is carrying out the work for National Highways.

National Highways Programme Leader, Jon Slemmonds said: “Safety is always the number one priority for National Highways, we think nobody should be harmed while travelling or working on our roads and do all we can to try to make that happen.

“For our contractors, Skanska, to record over half a million working hours without injury is a fantastic achievement. We are pleased that the stringent safety measures put in place on site are paying dividends and I’m confident that it will continue to do so."

Skanska’s Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing for Highways, Liz Brathwaite, said: “Fostering a culture of care and concern for others is at the very heart of our business. This is complemented by the most rigorous application of best practice health and safety processes and procedures.

"We are absolutely committed to ensuring that everyone who works with and for us returns home safely and healthy at the end of the working day. This achievement is testament to everyone on the project who has made health, safety and wellbeing the priority not just for themselves, but also for their colleagues and those we work with.”

Visit the project webpage to find out more about this scheme: https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-roads/west-midlands/m42-junction-6/