Latest Innovations in Safety

These include examples of innovative activity, which demonstrate constructors achieving high levels of performance, to secure everyone’s safety.

COMET Root Cause Analysis Toolkit

Published 5 May 2021 | No comments
Written by Andrew Kinsey
CategoriesControls Initiatives Inspections Reporting Working methods
Investigation of accidents, incidents and near misses is essential if lessons are to be learned. Understanding root causes and associated human factors is important to prevent recurrence but is not always done or done well. COMET from STC Insiso is a product developed by professional investigators with major accident experience in the oil and gas sector which this contractor is...

3D Mask Inserts

Published 29 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Aimee Nicol
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks PPE
There were issues brought up at the contractors health and safety meeting around some operatives not wearing face masks because they find wearing masks uncomfortable. The site team created a solution to this which is a 3D insert that helps breathing for those with health condition such as Ashtma. The inserts also help for those with hearing issues as people...

Powertrack Low Level Modular System

Published 16 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Simon Park
CategoriesInitiatives Lighting Working methods
On this project they have strived to find new products and ways to ensure that they increase safety, efficiency, sustainability and cost effectiveness. One product they have found is Powertrack, which is a low-level modular system which distributes lighting and power across construction sites, its made up of eleven profiles that can be moved and modified in minutes. They estimated...

Collision Avoidance System

Published 8 March 2021 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesChild safety Controls Cycle safety Cycle safety Driver information Pedestrian safety
The contractor is working with Safety Shield to trial and install their technology in their machines to create a safer working environment. This has been installed in all dumpers on site and is the most advanced AI collision avoidance system available for all vehicles and plant. The system utilises AI object recognition technology to detect vulnerable road users, pedestrians and...

Services Avoidance and Surveying Equipment

Published 22 February 2021 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInspections Working methods
This contractor has put into use new services avoidance and surveying equipment the Leica DD 220. This is a class leading device with uniquely designed digital PCB aerials and on-board filters which can detect just a very small signal from a buried utility. It also has a built-in Geographic Information System (GIS) system which enables data capture which then becomes...

Video RAMS and Inspection and Test Plans

Published 22 February 2021 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Controls RAMS review Training Workforce information
The industry have moved on from traditional paper RAMS and Inspection & Test Plans (ITP) to photographic which has been widely received within the industry as ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. This contractor have been carrying out video RAMS/ITP’s on their project They also have a ‘Project Show Me Exercise’ for all activities on site which has traditionally...

Social Distancing Scanning Software

Published 22 February 2021 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControls Occupational health risks
This project has used Disperse’s building productivity management platform to help address coronavirus related challenges on site. They have used the software as a monitoring device and it has helped them recover up to ten weeks on the programme, return to 70% capacity in six weeks and with no reported outbreaks of coronavirus. The Disperse Social Distancing scan takes several...

Exoskeleton to Reduce Worker Fatigue

Published 22 February 2021 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Injuries Occupational health risks Worker fatigue
The site team have been using an exoskeleton suit which helps with fatigue when it comes to overhead working and transfers the strain from the operative’s neck and shoulders down to their hips. Musculoskeletal disorders are commonplace in construction and with the introduction of this item, it’s an issue that no longer needs to be considered a by-product of working...

Protecting the Feet of the Workforce

Published 22 February 2021 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealth screening Injuries Medical conditions Occupational health risks
Acknowledging the amount of time that staff and operatives wear site safety boots the contractor has purchased ‘Footbeds’ which is a system for measuring individuals feet to check for pronation, gait and weight bearing or other foot disorders (similar to runners) leading to the manufacture of moulded insoles to insert in their boots and consequently reducing damage and increasing comfort....

Service Protection Coordinator

Published 15 February 2021 | No comments
Written by Hassan Soboh
CategoriesControls Medical conditions Supervision
As part of the contractors approach to avoiding service damages, they formally appoint members of their team to the role of Service Protection Coordinator (SPCO). Each appointment requires a minimum level of training, which includes an internal Service Protection Coordinators Course. The Service Protection Coordinator is formally appointed by the Divisional Director. An SPCO is individually appointed to every project...

Wheels for Steelwork Fabrication

Published 1 February 2021 | No comments
Written by Stuart Price
CategoriesOccupational health risks Supply chain engagement Working methods
The structural steelwork trusses for this project were designed to span above the width of the A38 dual carriageway tunnel and to support the 14-storey building above. There are 16 trusses in total, each with maximum length of 35m, maximum depth of 6m, and weighing up to 119 tonnes. The decision was made to assemble the trusses wholly within the...

Sanitising Sensitive Equipment On Site

Published 1 February 2021 | No comments
Written by Jeremy Bayliss
CategoriesCleaning regime Occupational health risks Working methods
The contractor is using the HQube UV-C Sterilising Cube that uses highly effective UV-C technology to disinfect in just 3 minutes high-cost electronic equipment such as noise monitors, damp meter readers, laser levels, pipe finders, cable detectors and other handheld tools that require sharing but the use of chemical disinfectant could damage them in the process. Sharing tools on sites...

Hydrostatic Sprayer

Published 26 January 2021 | No comments
Written by Eoghan Cremin
CategoriesCleaning regime Occupational health risks
This project consists of the construction of student apartments housed in 4 blocks ranging from 7 to 9 floors in height with a construction programme of 20 months. Whilst reviewing the coronavirus site preventative measures, they engaged with their cleaning contractor to investigate available products and solutions which could improve their sanitising procedures. When researching they discovered a hydrostatic sprayer...

Hazpod – Portable Dust Extractor Air Mover

Published 26 January 2021 | No comments
Written by Lorraine Paterson
CategoriesAir quality Occupational health risks Working methods and equipment
The subcontractor have utilised a dust and fume risk management system called Hazpod, whilst conducting extensive internal and external renovation works on a restoration project. The work conducted would unavoidably produce large quantities of dust as the original lime plasters and external stone sections had to be removed and replaced. The SEN management team were keen to find a highly...

A Bespoke End-to-End Digital Information System

Published 22 January 2021 | No comments
Written by Ian Kennedy
CategoriesCampaigns Management attitudes Workforce information
Kilnbridge have developed Jobflow, a bespoke end-to-end digital information system incorporating the entire project process featuring real-time information and back-office support for all operational, managerial and reporting features. Operatives are allocated jobs days in advance with daily prestart paperwork completing ahead of schedule. Supported by photographic evidence and electronically tagged floorplans with timestamps and GPS coordinates every single application is...