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Best practice for sprayed concrete lining released

Spraying the lining of a Crossrail tunnel with concrete

The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) has made its recently published best practice guide on sprayed concrete lining (SCL) exclusion zone management available to download for free.

The guide brings together a number processes and methods designed to prevent injury from falling materials.

BTS said that the document was developed by Crossrail and a number of other companies, with the aim of developing a unified solution to manage exclusion zones around the use of SCL.

BTS recent past chair Roger Bridge said: “The SCL Guidance Document is a positive achievement for the UK tunnelling industry and underlines the entire sector’s commitment to best practice and the promotion of safety onsite.

”At the BTS we are focussed on ensuring information of this nature is promoted and available for all to benefit from.

”There have been a number of tragic incidents with the use of SCL over the past few years and whilst all parties endeavour to operate as safely as possible, a defined methodology is a tremendous leap forward to ensuring consistent protocols, agreed and acknowledged as best practice, are adopted by all.”

For more information about the BTS and its new SCL Guidance document, visit the BTS website www.britishtunneling.org.uk. Alternatively the document can be downloaded here https://goo.gl/cCO0pi

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