Due to the top security nature of business conducted within the buildings Nations Roof® would be working on, safety and security were of the utmost importance. Nations Roof® was required to comply to Rolls-Royce’s third-party safety team’s protocol. Fortunately, because Safety is Nations Roof®’s highest priority, it became clear early on that the client and our team had similar goals. Pre-construction meetings with Rolls-Royce, and our team to review safety rules and regulations set the foundation for a winning partnership.
During the project Nations Roof®:
- Installed a roof safety railing system
- Held daily safety meetings, working with Rolls-Royce’s safety team on the ground
- Met and exceeded minimum OSHA safety requirements
- Complied with all requirements and provided regular communication and updates through NationsFM portal
- Installed a wind-speed monitor for safety verification
- Maintained an incident-free track record
The client required a high-degree of communication. Nations Roof® held daily safety meetings and provided daily reports via Nations FM client portal. Our crew worked together with Rolls-Royce’s employees to schedule materials deliveries. Our materials were being delivered at their docking bay so constant communication and coordination were required to ensure no interruption to Rolls-Royce’s scheduled deliveries and that Nations Roof® received all their materials at the right time, avoiding productivity loss for Rolls-Royce.
Despite Nations Roof®’s impeccable safety record and the expertise of the hand-picked team, Rolls-Royce still required mandatory attendance of their training classes in addition to our own regular safety meetings. Attendance of the meetings took considerable planning, because the training classes were only held twice a month and security clearances had to be turned in 5 days before the class.
Rolls-Royce stipulated all workers needed to be US citizens and each worker had to complete a background check and obtain a Rolls-Royce identification card. As each person entered the job site in the morning, Rolls-Royce’s security detail verified every ID before admittance was granted. We are proud to report that this entire security system functioned without fail during our time at their location.
With no rooftop access, the project relied upon diesel-driven articulating lifts that pulled materials to the topmost sections for immediate installation. But these were constrained by various parameters, such as lifts could not be used with 20 MPH winds and there was a max 500 lb. weight limit if the top floors were occupied.
Specialty lifts or cranes had to be brought in for the taller buildings because using a Power Beam wasn’t possible, so we met the challenge with innovative ideas from our crew. The winds did kick up at times and so the installation of a wind-speed monitor for safety verification helped keep track of wind speed.
Limit Impact to Business Operations
With buildings in use every day, this project needed to minimize impact to Rolls-Royce’s daily operations. This added yet another layer of complexity to the project. Any necessary closures were coordinated and planned with Rolls-Royce so that productivity could remain high. Work being carried out on a building with Rolls-Royce employees inside was always monitored and adjusted as necessary. Our experience and creative spirit managed this side of the project with flair. Most major projects don’t have employees that are trying to work around the construction job that’s happening.