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National Road Planing

National Road Planing develop innovative lighting solution to improve safety around planing machines

NATIONAL Road Planing (NRP), Tarmac’s road planing contracting business, have developed an innovative new lighting solution to highlight safety zones around planing machines.

The company has installed state-of-the-art high-intensity lights as part of a trial to help operatives visualize the ‘5+2 protection zone’ – a 5m exclusion area in the direction of travel and a 2m exclusion zone to the side of all plant.

The specialist technology, which forms part of Tarmac’s corporate commitment to zero harm, was sourced by NRP’s team.

Following a successful trial and feedback from operatives, NRP are set to fit the technology to their fleet of 12 planing machines over the next year.

Commenting on the importance of the technology, Nick Angelou, general manager at NRP, said: ‘Planing works typically take place at night and highways sites can become congested with planers, hauliers, pavers, rollers and operatives all working in close proximity.

‘The development of this solution has come directly from our team after they identified the need and sourced the equipment. We believe that there is great scope to make this technology standard across the industry and will work collaboratively with partners to share this best practice.’

As part of Tarmac’s commitment to driving industry health and safety best practice and collaboration, NRP are already championing the technology to highways supply chain partners and clients. Among other areas, the initiative is being adopted on the M25 network.

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