Great Collaborative Working in the Face of an Emergency

MJ Quinn and Openreach Safety teams collaborate following extreme weather and flooding.

Following extreme weather in Trefnant, North Wales, a bridge collapsed, leaving an ariel pole in an unsafe condition.

MJ Quinn were contacted for an emergency call out involving BT Emergency Response, engineers from Denbigh Council, MJ Quinn HSQE team, and RNR Group Operatives.

The assembled team were tasked with putting a safe system of work in place to release the cables from the pole using a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP), driven by RNR Operatives, and a Telescopic Handler, operated by an engineer from Denbigh Council, to remove the dangerous pole without risking injury by working too close to the river.

BT Emergency Response Team, in full flood PPE, provided safety cover by the river. The RNR team were able to detach cable clamps from the pole and remove the pole to a safe location, ready for recovery by the Openreach poling team. All carried out without disrupting service to customers in an isolated area in these difficult times.

“The incident was well controlled. I would personally like to thank all involved for reacting to the incident on the day. All personnel acted with professionalism, which is a credit to all involved.”

Phil Welch – Specialist Technical Fibre Manager – Openreach

“I feel this was handled very well and ended in a successful completion. Thanks to all involved”

Ollie Anstey – BT Emergency Response Team