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Story Contracting

How Story Contracting used Tended’s geofencing technology to enhance trackside safety
Company background

Story Contracting is a privately owned, award-winning infrastructure company with regional offices across England and Scotland. Highly respected nationally for providing rail, plant and construction solutions, Story Contracting is one of only four plant providers in the UK awarded ‘Gold’ by Network Rail for reliability and continuous improvement.

Story Contracting has also earned a reputation for outstanding health and safety practices, recognised with the prestigious RoSPA ‘Gold’ Award for seven consecutive years.


One of the primary risks faced by Story Contracting’s trackside workforce is the loss of situational awareness, especially when working lineside within designated safe working limits. Momentary lapses caused by human factors can significantly increase the likelihood of accidents and near misses, putting worker safety and operational productivity at risk.

Story Contracting was looking for innovative technology to increase safety standards across their projects. Guided by their commitment to health and safety excellence, Story Contracting wanted to implement a solution that would support their workforce in delivering projects to the highest safety standards.


To mitigate the risk of a loss of situational awareness and create a safer working environment, Story Contracting partnered with Tended to implement geofencing wearables during accessibility upgrade works at Port Glasgow train station in Scotland.

Story Contracting was contracted by Network Rail for this £4.6m project, which involved installing a new footbridge with lifts and uncovered ramped access to improve accessibility to the station.

A safe zone was mapped out by Story Contracting’s project planner to cover designated safe working limits on the platform, set at 1.25 m from the platform edge. As all lines remained open for the duration of the project with trains passing through the station, it was essential to ensure workers maintained a safe distance from the lines.

Tended’s solution was also implemented to support the safe placement of protection equipment, including marker boards. A real-time, accurate view of the planned and live location of this equipment ensured they were placed in the correct location and on the right line. For workers placing the marker boards, device alerts served as an additional reminder of where to install the equipment so they could ensure they were in exactly the right place.

Workers were familiarised with the technology as part of Tended’s engagement framework. This approach introduces all workers to the solution so they understand how it works and its safety applications before it’s deployed on their worksite. The use of the technology was then incorporated into standard briefings before workers accessed the worksite.


By providing real-time alerts if workers stepped outside of safe working limits, Tended’s solution helped Story Contracting’s workers regain situational awareness if they stepped beyond the safe zone boundary and towards the open lines. This helped ensure a safe 1.25 m distance was maintained from the platform edge, preventing potential accidents and near misses while working on this project.

The solution also helped to eliminate marker board irregularities by supporting both planners and workers in ensuring their correct placement.

The pilot achieved its objectives of reducing the risk of workers straying outside of safe working limits, providing an additional level of protection for track workers and improving asset visibility. Based on the pilot's success, Story Contracting plans to continue using Tended's geofencing across further projects, starting with upcoming works in Leeds.

Darren Pennycuick, Senior Construction Manager at Story Scotland said:

“I can see this system being very useful for us when we’re setting out our marker boards. It gives us good data on the back end of how accurately we’re placing these boards out when we’re out onsite.“It’s a very good system. The guys have been really, really impressed with it over the time that it’s been in use here and it’s certainly something that we’ll be looking to develop going forward.”