Edinburgh Trams now have a new online “Authority to Work” platform which will help to facilitate a safer environment for any works taking place on or near the tramway. The web-based platform gives the contractor a clear set of instructions to work through at all stages of the application process while identifying the nature of the task and any associated risks.
Iain MacLeod, Edinburgh Tram’s Authority to Work Manager, explains more: “We collaborated with the light rail industry body UKTram to develop this platform and currently no other tram network is using such an advanced system for authorising works. The AtW website and app will become an essential aid for our day-to-day risk assessments and safety management within Edinburgh Trams, as it helps us guarantee that that all operational issues have been effectively considered. By moving away from the current paper-based procedures, contractors are no longer required to come to our tram depot, thereby saving them vital time. It also future-proofs the system in readiness for the network extension to Newhaven due to open in 2023.”
Applications for “Authority to Work” permits are all rigorously reviewed and examined by Edinburgh Trams engineers before they are approved to ensure the safety of workers as well as the integrity of the tram infrastructure.
The new system will automatically communicate all relevant information to personnel involved which will allow permits to be issued in real time without further delays.
Requests should be made at least 21 days before any works are planned so sufficient time is available to coordinate necessary third-party permissions.