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Health and Safety

Health and safety management is critical to the success of the Crossrail Programme and we will aspire to build Crossrail in a way that achieves zero harm across the Programme.

Crossrail is committed to health and safety across all its sites, its workforce and extends to anyone who lives or works around them.

Our overarching focus has been to embed health and safety culture into all aspects of the project, built upon a firm foundation of robust standards and guidelines. We have three ‘Target Zero’ principles that have been designed to inform the behaviour of everyone, at all times.

  • We all have the right to go home unharmed every day,
  • We believe that all harm is preventable, and
  • We must all work together to achieve this.

These principles are rigorously applied throughout Crossrail and its supply chain, applying to desk-based staff as much as the workforce out on the construction sites.

To provide a focus for health and safety activities, Target Zero is underpinned by six pillars which support measurement of health and safety performance:

  • Leadership and behaviour 
  • Communication
  • Designing for health and safety
  • Workplace health
  • Workplace safety; and 
  • Performance improvement.

Moving safety forward

We don’t just measure the historic performance of our contractors, we also score them on the measures and initiatives they are implementing to prevent accidents from occurring in the first place.

Our Health and Safety Performance Index (HSPI) combines a series of leading indicators that evaluate contractors on their health and safety performance and allows us to confirm compliance or identify areas of concern as soon as possible.

The HSPI programme has changed the way the contractors look at performance measurement. Although there is still a focus on the end goal – Target Zero – on a period-by-period basis, the focus is on this proactive activity.

Statistics show that Crossrail is performing better than the average for the UK construction industry, but our aspirations are for world-class performance and there is clearly more to do.

Crossrail has the potential to leave a lasting legacy for the construction industry. We’re determined to move health and safety forwards, driving up standards and creating a safer construction industry, long after Crossrail is complete.