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Colas awarded Highways England Blue Star Award for Innovation In Safety


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Colas identified a potential safety risk with removable magnetic Chapter 8 Chevrons traditionally used for cars visiting worksites and, together with Farnborough Signs, has developed an innovative solution for the problem.

Changes in car manufacturing specifications in recent years have resulted in car boots no longer being metal but plastic instead therefore, attaching magnetic Chapter 8 chevrons to plastic boots poses potential safety risks.

The new Chapter 8 Chevrons can be cut to size and easily attached with both suckers and straps, alleviating the risk of them coming loose for falling off.

“We are delighted to receive this award as safety is our priority” said John Thompson, Executive Director of Contracting at Colas, “the new Chapter 8 Chevrons are easy to fit and ensure that anyone from Colas out on site, is not only meeting the requirements, but is also highly visible. As a company we understand that people using company cars don’t necessarily want permanent chevrons on their vehicles when they are commuting to and from work, so these new ones are ideal”.

The new chevrons have been trialled on the M3 Project where Colas is working for Balfour Beatty on a Smart Motorway covering 15.5 miles of carriageway from junctions 4a to 2 .