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More than 150 workers injured constructing Aberdeen bypass

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A total of 158 employees have been injured while working on the £745M Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) since construction began.

Aberdeen Roads Limited - which is comprised of Galliford Try and Balfour Beatty - reported a further 130 near misses over the three-year period. The construction joint venture also includes Morrison Construction. The figures were revealed following a Freedom of Information request made to client Transport Scotland. 

The opening of the 58km road, which was originally due to open in spring, has been delayed again until autumn this year. The latest setback has been blamed on the impact of bad weather in winter 2015, the recent extreme weather in early March, and the collapse of former joint venture partner Carilion

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “Responsibility for the health and safety on the AWPR/B-T site rests with the contractor, Aberdeen Roads Limited.

“The reported figures show that ‘near misses’ are in line with comparable projects. Near miss recording is an important tool in eliminating the occurrence of future accidents and incidents.

“The health and safety of those working on these major infrastructure projects and the surrounding community is of the utmost importance to Transport Scotland and we are working with Aberdeen Roads Limited to ensure the highest health and safety standards are maintained across site to reduce the number of ‘near misses’ wherever possible.”

New Civil Engineer has contacted Balfour Beatty, Galliford Try and Morrison Construction for comment.

 

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