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How AmcoGiffen uses Tended’s geofencing solution to improve track worker safety
Company background

As a leading partner in the design and delivery of engineering and maintenance projects, AmcoGiffen specialises in renewal, refurbishment and construction work on critical assets and infrastructure. Completing complex projects every year, the company works across many different sectors, including rail.

In the five years to 2024, Network Rail will have invested £53bn for track renewals, upgrades and maintenance on the UK’s railway. As the largest provider of multidisciplinary maintenance and renewals engineering services to Network Rail, AmcoGiffen operates in one of the most complex, challenging and highly regulated environments.

As a company, demonstrating both its commitment and evidence of safety is vitally important given the dangers and risks of working trackside.


While worker protection continues to be an industry priority, a leading cause of many trackside incidents is due to diminishing worker situational awareness, which can contribute to avoidable fatalities and near misses with trains.

With a commitment to workforce safety, AmcoGiffen were looking for a solution to address this potential issue and help improve worker situational awareness. Tended opened up a dialogue with them about how geofencing could off er additional workforce protection.

Helping to protect track workers

Tended created a project and delivery structure to deploy geofencing wearables for use where people would be working on adjacent line open works. AmcoGiffen’s planners used Tended’s Planning Dashboard to accurately define safe working zones by mapping geofences over their worksite.

Planners benefitted from using the high-resolution imagery on the Planning Dashboard so that absolute precision was assured as they used the measurement tool to measure exact distances required from an open line.

A new approach to trackside safety

With the incredible accuracy achieved throughout the project, along with successful worker adoption and engagement, Tended’s geofencing solution has been proven to deliver powerful safety benefits that align with AmcoGiffen’s commitment to worker safety.

As the first principal contractor to begin using Tended’s life-saving technology on the railway, AmcoGiffen is playing a vital role in helping to bring geofencing to the forefront of the industry and pioneering the future of safety technology on the rail. Together, we are helping to revolutionise track worker safety and onsite operations, making sure everyone gets home safe, every day.

Andy Crowley, Operations Director, AmcoGiffen Wales commented on the project:

“Tended allows us to better protect our teams in a way that hasn’t been done before by using innovation in safety.

“Our commitment to keeping our track workers safe is absolute and uncompromising. Tended shares that commitment and what impressed me is that they have designed a product that puts the user first. Our people were very impressed with device accuracy. This is essential in building trust and confidence.  

“The planning dashboard is intuitive and easy to use which is vital in ensuring the geofence aligns with the overall plan.  Importantly, using Tended means we don’t need to install any onsite beacons, so we can deploy really quickly, maintaining our speed in responding to our clients’ requirements.”