Falco has launched a new streetworks training application which is designed to maintain and enhance the health & safety and best practice of operatives working on or adjacent to roads and carriageways.

The Falco Streetworks Safety Challenge is a multiple-choice quiz in which players must answer ten correct questions to qualify for a leaderboard which is ranked by time – the faster players can answer the higher they are placed.

Questions are based on information in the Department of Transport’s Safety at Street Works and Road Works Code of Practice which was published in 2013. The questions are designed to test players knowledge of streetworks methodology with scenarios provided to explore the correct way to set out the site, signage to be used, temporary signals, road/pavement closures etc. The correct answer is displayed after each question to help player build their knowledge.

Players can play again to attempt to improve their score (time) and place of the Leaderboard.

Falco’s Director of Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Terry McHugh, who conceived the initiative, believes the competitive and repetitive nature of the application will reinforce best practice through osmosis and enhance the health & safety performance of Falco’s field teams:

“I am convinced the Streetworks Safety Challenge will harness the competitive spirit in our operational teams to boost health and safety,” he said, “We hope that repeated exposure to the application will embed best practice making it second nature throughout our operations teams.”

The first ‘competition’ will be started in February which will be open to Falco operatives with a prize for the player who tops the leaderboard after 2 weeks.

The application is designed to complement continuous competency training and development of Falco field-based staff. All team leaders are required to have NRSWA (New Roads and Streetworks Act) training accreditation which is valid for 5 years.

In 2022 the company passed 1.5 million person hours since its last notifiable incident with a zero Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) achieved for the last three years.

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