WEALTH COMES FROM HUMAN EFFORT
The success of the project is essentially based on trust in people and is based on three fundamental pillars:
- JOB – TRAINING:
TransManche Construction has focused on mainly regional recruitment of the workforce with an unprecedented target of 75%.
This objective required the support of the management and the implementation of a considerable training plan.
At the end of the civil engineering work, internal retraining allows staff to move on to electromechanical activities.
At the completion of the project, sustained actions were taken to reclassify staff using new plans of action through CELLOR and BATIRE.
- SOCIAL DIALOGUE AND PARTNERSHIP:
This challenge was met through a favorable social climate throughout the work, maintained by a responsible partnership of the TMC Directorate with staff representatives as well as with governments, communities, companies of the region;
- THE SAFETY POLICY :
With the motto « no compromise with safety« , a top priority has been given to the prevention of occupational risks for TML staff and subcontractors.
Safety has been integrated into all phases of the project, from the design and studies of the work, to the choice of methods and materials and the organization of work stations.
Staff safety training was an integral part of the initial training. Many awareness campaigns were carried out throughout the work.
The site had a permanent specialized Security Service, an Autonomous Occupational Medicine Service and a Fire and First Aid Service.
Faced with the commitment of the actors, the official bodies in charge of safety at the tunnel construction site (Labour Inspectorate, Carsat Prevention Service and OPPBTP) encouraged this dynamic by trusting the Management and the Staff representatives. This approach paid off as the results were recognized at the national level, with the company winning the Albert Thomas Award for Best Safety Policy.
This innovative approach to major land-use projects makes it possible to say that the tunnel construction site is the showcase for the technological and social success of Nord Pas de Calais.
« In these turbulent times, there are a handful of enthusiastic men, whose finished work focuses on cultivating myths that go through time »
May the example of the Builders of the Channel Tunnel be used for the next major European projects!