Life jackets cause ripples on construction site

Our construction site operatives working on a project at London’s Canary Wharf have an unusual addition to their safety equipment – a life jacket.

PPE with a difference

They are working high above water to build a futuristic, aluminium-clad, five-storey private members club on a floating pontoon in the Heron Quays financial district.

And their personal protection equipment includes the life vest in case of a fall into the water surrounding the Docklands site.

Our business development director Dan Williams said: “It’s certainly highly unusual to have to wear a life jacket on a construction site.

“The lads thought it highly amusing, but they fully understand that site safety is of paramount importance. Fortunately, the vests haven’t been needed yet.

“By its very nature, this contract is creating many challenges we do not face on a dry land build, but our major projects team is taking everything in their stride.”


Middle Dock

We started working on site, overlooking Middle Dock on Bank Street, in April with the development expected to be completed in August 2019.

The multi-million-pound project will include a bar, restaurant, private dining area, members’ lounges and guest accommodation, a gym, treatment studio, an open terrace overlooking Middle Dock and a top floor open roof terrace.

We are working for Yorkshire-based Elland Steel Structures on the development.

Elland Steel’s Commercial Director Jeremy Shorrocks said: ”With SMD’s impressive experience on London projects, it was an easy decision to place the metal decking package for this prestigious project with them.

“Elland Steel has a working relationship dating back to the start of this millennium and look forward to working with them on the next project on the Wharf.”


Products and service

We are supplying and fitting 7,500 sq m of R51 decking and 32,000 shear studs for the project.



Feature image: Supplied by Jeremy Shorrocks at Elland Steel Structures 


SMD site operatives Steve Parker, left, and Milliam Dani
Dan Williams
Installing R51 to shelf angles

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