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The winners of the Ground Engineering Awards have been determined: From over 300 entries, the winners in a total of 19 categories were chosen in London on 12 July 2023. ZÜBLIN Ground Engineering, together with project partner Balfour Beatty, won in the category “Health and Safety”. The award was presented for the reduction of occupational safety risks on the A63 Castle Street project in Kingston Upon Hull.
The extraordinary thing about it: In order to construct the bored piles, for the first time in the United Kingdom, ZÜBLIN Ground Engineering deployed a wheel loader with hydraulic casing handling attachment, which is originally used in the forestry industry. The piling specific modifications were developed in-house and enable safe, fast and more sustainable handling of temporary pile casings. Using the casing handler eliminates heavy lifting in confined working areas and hence removes the associated hazards for site personnel.
The judges praised the use of the modified device and the resulting improvements to workplace safety, recognising the innovation as an important advancement in the British ground engineering market. A key aspect highlighted by the judges was the positive feedback on the innovative device by the workforce.
“Winning the Ground Engineering Award 2023 in the category ‘Health and Safety’ is a marvellous testament to how important the issue of Health and Safety is to us,” Jörg Löffler, commercial director at ZÜBLIN, said. “We are proud to have made genuine progress for the industry in the United Kingdom by implementing this innovation, all the while prioritising the welfare of our employees.”
The Ground Engineering Awards recognise outstanding achievements and advances in geotechnical and ground engineering. Winning in the category “Health and Safety” underscores ZÜBLIN’s continued commitment to safety, innovation and excellence. The award is the second consecutive Ground Engineering Award. ZÜBLIN Ground Engineering was already awarded in the category “Technical Excellence” in 2022 as part of the A63 Castle Street project.
Stuttgart-based Ed. Züblin AG, with approximately 15,000 employees and an annual output of around € 4.5 billion, is one of Germany’s largest construction companies. ZÜBLIN, which has been successfully realising challenging construction projects in Germany and abroad since 1898, is the STRABAG Group’s leading brand for building construction and civil engineering. The range of services covers all construction-related tasks – from complex turnkey construction, civil engineering and tunnelling to construction logistics, structural maintenance, ground engineering and timber and steel construction. Supported by the expertise of its Zentrale Technik competence centre, ZÜBLIN also offers integrated design-and-build services from a single source. We take an end-to-end view of buildings over their entire life cycle, with a focus on collaborative construction using our TEAMCONCEPT® partnering model while constantly promoting and advancing the topics of digitalisation, sustainability and innovation. Together within the STRABAG Group and with our external partners, we are working systematically to make the design-and-build processes resource-friendly and climate-neutral. Current ZÜBLIN construction projects include the EDGE East Side Berlin high-rise project, the U.S. Military Hospital Weilerbach and the approximately 2 km long airport tunnel in Stuttgart. More information is available at www.zueblin.de.
ZÜBLIN Ground Engineering wins in the category "Health and Safety"
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