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A healthy incentive

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The Channel Tunnel Rail Link involves constructing 109km of new highspeed railway (26km of which is in a tunnel) at a cost of £4.2 billion.

Rail Link Engineering (a consortium of Bechtel, Arup, Halcrow and Systra) is responsible for the design and project management of CTRL and has drawn up a rigorous ISO 14001 environmental management system to take account of design and construction issues.

To convey the consortium's twin messages of 'zero environmental incidents'and 'target zero accidents', a CTRL 'zero incident truck' tours the sites to instruct workers of this ethos, using a 'mixture of specially commissioned short videos, posters, leaflets, talks and gifts'.

The CTRL safety awards have been organised to recognise each contract's achievements in attaining 250,000,500,000 and 1,000,000-plus man-hours worked without a Health & Safety Executive reportable incident.

Contract teams reaching these milestones are given cash awards by the CTRL project to donate to the charity of their choice. Milestone donations have included money to a local special needs'school and buying a puppy for guide-dog training.

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