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Stakeholders reject working conditions as cause of Bond Street deaths
10 October, 2019
Great Britain – Two workers on Crossrail’s Bond Street project passed away in their sleep in the same week. Various media have reported that working conditions relating to air quality or stress were to blame, but this has been rejected by stakeholders. Reports of further investigation, or further details of the illness were not forthcoming from the contractor or client.

Water and Tunnelling
04 June, 2019
David Hartwell, groundwater management consultant details lessons from 40 years of solving water problems, or as he puts it: ‘what happens when the water comes over your boots’

Tunnel construction impacts on utility pipelines
12 February, 2019
The lecture was presented at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 19th January 2017. Dr. Barry New was introduced by Lord Robert Mair. This paper is based on the lecture and contains further supporting material and analyses.

Good neighbor
04 July, 2018
Paola De Pascali spoke with Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors about the challenges of the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line in Los Angeles

Good neighbour
24 May, 2018
Paola De Pascali spoke with Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors about the challenges of the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line in Los Angeles

Squared up
25 April, 2018
Paola De Pascali speaks to engineers working to improve the highway network in central Italy

HSE to assume ‘no comment is assent’ on exposure limits
25 January, 2018
International - All European countries are being faced with implementing lower exposure limits for a number of hazardous substances in August this year. The two substances of most interest to tunnellers are nitrogen monoxide and nitrogen dioxide found in diesel engine exhaust and blasting fume.

Contractor fined for Crossrail incidents
02 August, 2017
Great Britain - The Bam Ferrovial Kier (BFK) joint venture has been fined GBP 1M for three health and safety incidents on London’s Crossrail project, one of which involved the death of a worker.

Heritage brand
31 October, 2016
A buoyed tunnelling industry and a number of domestic political gestures are restoring confidence in uK manufacturing. Davy Markham is one brand looking to increase its showing in the tunnelling industry. Alex Conacher reports

Explosion prevention in coal mine TBM drifts
21 September, 2016
Since the first record of a colliery explosion in Belgium, nearly 300 years ago, significant improvements have been achieved in the prevention of explosions in mines. However, gas explosion hazards are not unique to coal mines but also occur in TBM projects with 48 explosion fatalities recorded worldwide calling for continued diligence and improvements in explosion risk management. Success of TBMs in civil engineering infrastructure in poor ground conditions resulted in consideration of its application to a coal mine in Queensland

Unsafe worksites take note
26 May, 2016
Construction insurance specialist Focus expects that new sentencing guidelines for England and Wales that came into force in February will have a significant impact on the industry’s safety record, workforce, employers and insurers. John Finch, Focus commercial director, gives this assessment

Britain launches segmental lining code of practice
20 April, 2016
GREAT BRITAIN – A specification for the design of concrete segmental linings was launched in mid-April. The document, “Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 8810:2016 – Tunnel Design: Design of concrete segmental linings: Code of practice” was produced by the British Standards Institute (BSI) and lead technical author Arup.

Unexploded ordinance
31 December, 2015
Uxo (unexploded ordnance) can arise from both hostile and defensive military activity and is often related to World War I and II. Simon Cooke, 6-Alpha Associates, explains to the March 2015 meeting of the British Tunnelling Society how Uxo can pose a risk to tunnelling activities and how risk can be managed and mitigated to alarp (as low as reasonably practical), in accordance with the law and using best practice.

Crossrail worker killed
07 March, 2014
A worker has died on the Crossrail project in London. The man was pronounced dead at the scene after London Fire Brigade and ambulance crews arrived at the Fisher Street site in Holborn at around 05:40 this morning.

Delhi's Belly
26 February, 2014
Supplying eight of the 25 TBMs required for Delhi Metro's Phase III, manufacturer Terratec is heavily invested in the project. In a series of vignettes, Tunnels checks out how the different worksites are being handled in a city crowded beyond capacity.

Funding Gap
25 September, 2013
Highlights such as the Jubilee Line Extension stand out from the economic mire of the past 50 years. The second half of the 20th century was not kind to a Britain newly stripped of superpower status, or the capital’s metro, which following WW2 entered a half century of neglect and underinvestment

Worker injured in London tunnel
30 January, 2013
A construction worker has suffered head and shoulder injuries at a National Grid site in north London yesterday morning, local news reports revealed today. The 24-year-old man was taken to hospital from the site near Haringey where National Grid are tunnelling as part of the London Power Tunnels project.

Opportunity rocks
27 December, 2012
Hong Kong develops into the main base of operations for the Asia Pacific, while Singapore strives to become to hottest destination for professionals, and both scrap for skilled labour. Alex Conacher speaks to three expats

An art for humble men
19 October, 2012
Tunnels revisits the traditional methods. Hand mining and its health and safety related concerns are well known, while the traditional soft ground timber supports are increasingly forgotten, as the old methods get pushed aside by the march of mechanisation. Alex Conacher reports

New compressed air guidelines
10 July, 2012
The March BTS meeting marked the launch of the joint ITA and BTS guidelines for good working practice in high-pressure compressed air (HPCA). BTS input had been through its Compressed Air Working Group. Donald Lamont, principal author of the document, summarised the guidelines. Werner Burger, chief design engineer for Herrenknecht spoke on the problems of HPCA for a manufacturer. Tony Ridley of Tony Ridley Hyperbaric Associates outlined UK experience with HPCA. And Claus Mayer, managing director of Nordseetaucher gave an account of his experiences with HPCA