Safety, Health and Wellbeing


The works at Bermondsey Dive Under (BDU) required the execution of a major civil engineering project near the operational railway. This case study looks at contractor Skanska’s behavioural safety achievements, occupational health achievements and key learnings from the £75 million project.

Taking learning from the Borough Viaduct project, the ambition for the BDU team was to go above and beyond the behavioural safety delivered by Skanska’s Injury Free Environment (IFE) safety programme. Skanska wanted people to come to the site and feel like part of a family, making long lasting friendships. This would enable people to look out for one another and ensure everyone went home safe, every day, healthy and inspired.

Skanska and Network Rail’s personal approach to safety delivered excellent safety performance across the project. An early major accident in 2012 was learned from, and Skanska supported industry wide change as a result. Following this, 870,000 injury free hours were worked without any major accident on site.

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