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Digital Recording Survey - Site Method Statement
Only experienced and permanent staff are employed to execute this type of Survey and to install/remove static Digital Recording Media (DRM) equipment.
Suitable personal protective equipment is provided for the use of persons carrying out this work. Should any accidents/incidents occur on site, they are reported and recorded in the accident book at the appropriate offices.
The relevant Highway Authority is always informed prior to commencement of any fieldwork with any conditions and/or restrictions imposed by the Highway Authority are accommodated in arrangements - Preliminary site visits are often made to sites where work is to be carried out, in order to evaluate site specific risks & safety requirements. The assessment takes into account site visibility and site safety especially with regard to motorists & pedestrians when the installation/removal process is taking place to ensure clear site of the temporary hazard.
This Method statement pertains to the execution of the installation/removal of the equipment (typically 10-15 minutes duration) in order to record vehicle/pedestrian movements and on occasions queue length assessments on the carriageway.
The equipment is set up in order to minimise obstacles on the footway. DRM equipment is not obviously visible unless it is absolutely necessary as this could potentially cause a hazard with vehicles taking unnecessary action upon noticing the equipment. All work is carried out as expeditiously as possible, leaving a safe site.
Noise risk assessment
Due to the limited time on the roadway the noise risk assessment has been assessed as a very low.
Manual handling risk assessment
The only manual handling of equipment is the transfer of the DRM from the vehicle to the roadside and vice versa. It weighs approximately 2kg therefore this part of the job has been assessed as a low risk.
Method Statement (Installation)
Before any installation is carried out, signs and cones are required to be erected according to the recommended layout and procedure from Chapter 8 of The Signs Manual. Any works vehicle parked in the road in the vicinity of the site is required to be kept within the coned area with flashing lights operating.
Where DRM equipment is installed and removed at high level, an assessment of these aspects of the work is undertaken and arrangements are made to limit the risk to persons from falls by the provision of safe means of access.
Ladders or equipment should be removed from the vehicle in a way as not to protrude out with the safe working area and paying due attention to pedestrians. The ladders are erected in such a way to not to cause hazard to pedestrian or vehicle movement and be secured and strapped to the appendage.
Staff members should firstly attach the holding bracket and then descend the ladder to get the DRM unit which then be secured. This is to minimise the risk of dropping equipment if too much is carried. The communication cable should then be attached and the camera head approximately adjusted in the third climb. The DRM recorder will be set up within the vehicle and tested for general working before mounting. The DRM image is inspected for range and clarity and adjustment is made when in-situ.
The ladder should then be released and removed and stored safely in the vehicle.
A final inspection should be made to ensure that no tools/equipment are left which might cause a hazard.
The traffic management should be removed in the reverse order it was erected.
Method Statement (Inspection & Removal)
As above with removal of video equipment in reverse order of installation.