Much has been written about the skills’ shortage and the lack of appropriate training in the highways’ sector. With this in mind, Tripod Crest managing director Darren Stokes has arranged a meeting this month with surfacing companies of all sizes and professional bodies such as CIHT, CECA and MPA.
This year has seen a number of legislative changes around speed limits and safety for LGVs. All of which have been welcomed by Tripod Crest, as the new rulings will hopefully mean fewer accidents and safer roads for pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists as well as our drivers.
“It’s like CSI for tyres,” cheerily quips Michelin Technical Manager Jeremy Wheeler, peering at the tread of a Michelin X MultiWay 3D XZE and pressing a pair of thin examination spreaders into the tyre’s grooves, “or a medical examination of a rubber and steel body. It’s fascinating.”
Tripod Crest has launched a unique training scheme for operatives that could potentially save the business over £350,000 and has secured universal support from customers, employees and trade bodies alike.
A progressive collaboration between six highways’ businesses has resulted in a potential blueprint for future motorway maintenance – delivering increased output and utilisation of resources, with full use of available road space and achieving less disruption for motorists.