Site-wide Dust Suppression

The aim was to install a dust suppression system to reduce risk of occupational health and control respiratory related hazards while also reducing manual handling and plant required in managing dust on site. Environmental aspects surrounding the build such as the nearby river, horticulture, trees and fields were also a contributing factor. The aim was to introduce something easily adaptable and user friendly to any manager onsite to utilise without the risk of communication breakdown or labour.

Each sprinkler is full or part circle in operation, has a throw of approximately 12 metres and will consume 1m³/hr of water at three bar pressure. There is a catch pit and jet wash at the exit to site to avoid dust transferring onto neighbouring roads. Positioning the system so as not to be affected by future works is key.

Benefits are as follows:

  • Reduction in airborne dust resulting in less risk of respiratory diseases such as silicosis or occupational asthma
  • Neighbouring housing located nearby do not come into contact with site dust creating health risk and environmental nuisance
  • Adjacent sports pitch and surrounding trees are not negatively affected by site works
  • Less emissions onsite due to electric being used as opposed to diesel, reducing the CO2 footprint
  • Manual handling reduced
  • The system is operated at the flick-of-a-switch – instant and utilising minimal resources
  • Reduction in risks associated with manual handling
  • Overall benefits to Health, Safety, Environment, Cost and Time.

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