Latest Innovations in Safety

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


Eave Ear Defence System

Published 2 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMedical conditions Occupational health risks Recording accidents Worker fatigue Working methods
The adoption of an innovation in hearing health by Erith Group has set a new benchmark in hearing conservation and noise management. Erith utilised the Eave system during the demolition of a gas drum in Stevenage. The system compromises of an IoT (Internet of Things) smart ear defender (the FocusLite) and its associated noise analysis and risk management cloud-based platform...

Safety System for Crane Drivers

Published 2 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Safety plan updated Training Vehicle enhancements
The site team have installed an innovative safety feature onto their Wolff Luffing Jib Tower Crane. It has been fitted with the latest ‘Articrane i-Raptor Davit Crane Rescue System’ with a body stretcher on the high level driver’s platform. In the event of an emergency, such as a heart attack, this feature will get a crane driver back to ground....

Hydraulic Punch Driver

Published 2 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods
The site are using a battery powered hydraulic punch driver. It has an aluminium head which is designed to rotate at 360 degrees. This enables the operator to use the punch in a confined space. This helps avoid injury as manual handling is reduced and there is no longer a need to use a jig saw within an awkward position....

Safety Conversation Starters

Published 2 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCampaigns Communicate initiatives Workforce consultation Workforce information
The site has introduced Safety Conversation Starters. These are cards designed to instigate specific safety discussions during safety meetings, tool box talks, workshops, etc. There are 12 main topics, including access/ egress, lifting operations, falling objects, safety in the office, etc. and there are between 10 and 12 cards in each category making around 150 cards. The main topics chosen...

LED Stop & Go Boards

Published 2 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLighting Traffic marshal Visitor information
The site have incorporated LED illuminated manual stop and go boards. These provide many benefits starting with greatly improved visibility and hence safety for operatives. The ability to respond quickly and efficiently to reported problems, particularly at night when the system is combined with halo-light fitted hardhats, increases road safety for all. This is an improvement to a long standing...

Recording Site Radio Communication

Published 2 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesIdentification of near misses Recording accidents Supervision Training
The site team for the Balliol College, Master’s Field Project ensure that all site radio communication is recorded. The recordings can then be used in the future for training purposes. It is particularly useful for feedback and gaining a further understanding of any accidents or incidents which occur.

Learning a language with Duolingo

Published 18 November 2019 | No comments
Written by Mariyana Stoyanova
CategoriesCultural needs Diversity Equality Inclusion Language differences Recognition Reward
At South Quay Plaza (SQP), we value the diversity of our workforce and inclusivity is important to us, therefore a number of Berkeley Managers have embarked on a mission to learn the basics of a language which is common on site using Duolingo. Even simple phrases such as ‘hello’, ‘good morning’ and ‘how are you’ have made a positive impact...

Bespoke Maintenance Plate

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling debris Occupational health risks Working methods
The site used a bespoke maintenance plate to aid in pulling the top wire on a transmission tower. The new plate design allows for the block (or pulley) required to pull the new wire to be hung just outside of the top of the steel structure. Previously the block had to be attached within the structure by removing steel bars in...

Fire and Rescue Presence on Site

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBoundary security Property security Site security Supervision
Humberside Fire and Rescue Services (HFRS) have an appliance and operatives on site to assist the site’s Emergency Response Team by being on duty through the night when the team is not there. The funding given to HFRS is passed on to the local community. It is potentially the first time a public facility has been hired in this way.

Permit Indicating Hi-Vis

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControls PPE Protected and controlled access Site specific induction Supervision Supervision Workforce information
The site often give out permits for various tasks. In order to determine who has been properly briefed, the site has procured company branded hi-vis waistcoats carrying the wording “I have the _____ permit”. These are handed out by the Site Manager at the time of issuing the permit and returned upon completion of the works or at the end...

Remote Control Balcony Fixing System

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInjuries Occupational health risks Vehicle enhancements Working methods
The site have reduced the risks associated with installing balconies. This has been done through using precast balconies that are installed with a remote control device and a pin. The pin is used to lock the balcony in a temporary position whilst the permanent fixings are installed. This method requires less working at height than standard balcony installation.

Colour Coded Tagging for Lifting Equipment

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesManagement Training Workforce information
The site has developed colour coded plastic tags, that are used to identify the status of every item of lifting equipment such as chains, slings and shackles. Following validation of respective testing certificates and associated method statements, each component that is used in everyday operation is coded. The colour coding provides time restricted approval. This enables surety of equipment to...

Super Hoist for Reducing Working at Height

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Supervision Working methods
A super hoist was employed on the project to install ceiling mounted fan coil units to all six floors of the refurbishment. Health and safety issues that were identified while reviewing the installation methodology of the units were predominately in relation to work at height and manual handling, i.e. how to safely install an FCU approx. 1m x 1m x...

Flexible Crane Exclusion Zones

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Boundary security Controls Driver information Protected and controlled access Supervision Vehicle enhancements Workforce information Working methods
The standard anti-collision system allows for exclusion zones to be set up by a controller at the base of the crane. These zones are set as ‘permanent’ unless changed by the supplier (SMIE) technician, with the operator only being able to turn the zone off to enable engaging free-slew when the crane is not operating. The issue with this standard...

Tethering Items for Working at Height

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling debris Initiatives Supervision Supplier engagement Working methods
The site are using nut sockets which can easily have a lanyard attached so that they can be tethered to an operative. A nut which needs to be fixed is then placed in the socket and a small screw holds it in place. The first few turns of the nut on the thread secure the nut after which the socket...