Latest Innovations in Safety

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


Anti-Drug Campaign

Published 17 February 2020 | No comments
Written by David Taylor
CategoriesAlcohol testing Attitudes Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing Healthy lifestyle advice Management
Following a project safety stand down at the beginning of the year, and regular drug and alcohol testing carried out on site, the team have engaged with the workforce on an anti-drug campaign. A drugs and alcohol testing specialist has joined the site in carrying out regular testing and delivering presentations to the workforce in order to highlight the issues...

Wearable Epilepsy Management Watch

Published 17 February 2020 | No comments
Written by Mark Robson
CategoriesEmergency procedures Health screening Injuries Medical conditions Reporting Risk information
This innovation stems from the policy to carry out an occupational health risk assessment on all personnel. As a result, an individual who suffers from epilepsy was identified as being at potential risk when carrying out their work. The company identified a watch made by a Empatica, which is able to recognise changes in a person that could result in...

Providing Additional Protection to Lone Workers

Published 17 February 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency contact details Emergency procedures Occupational health risks Safety plan updated Stress Supervision Working methods
What is a Lone Worker? By definition, “lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision”. Whilst working alone is perfectly legal, employers must take their duty of care very seriously. With this in mind, A & E Elkins have considered the risks to their workers’ safety and the challenges they face working in the locations...

Cartridge Tube Opening Device

Published 10 February 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFirst Aid Injuries Working methods
Traditionally cartridges are opened with a fixed blade knife. This presents a safety issue due to risk of the knife slipping. To resolve this, the site team are using a tool that is designed specifically to open a cartridge and trim the application nozzle. The tool has internal fixed blades that are guarded to protect the user from injury. The...

MEWP Real-time Safety System

Published 3 February 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Reporting Risk information Supervision Working methods
On Laing O’Rourke Infrastructure’s Blackburn Batch Project, there are 15 Mobile Elevating Work Platforms operational. To increase safety, the site team has designed a real time system for ensuring all safety checks are carried out. It monitors speed and idling time, and ensures only authorised operators are able to start a machine. If necessary, it can remotely switch off plant...

Remotely Monitoring Railway Lines

Published 3 February 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods
Balfour Beatty’s Hatfield Link Road Project involves the installation of a road bridge over a main railway line. Due to this, the site team were required to understand how their work could affect the rail’s stability and alignment/level. The methods that have previously been used are required to take place during pre-planned possessions/line blocks during night-shifts. Due to its time-consuming...

Exclusion Zone Warning System

Published 27 January 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBarriers Boundary security Protected and controlled access Safety signage Workforce information
The BAM Construction, Plant and H&S teams recognised there was an issue around exclusion zones on site. Exclusion zones and restricted zones are commonly used in the construction industry to keep people away from high risk activities including falling objects or moving plant and machinery. Typically, these zones are denoted by pedestrian barriers with statutory signage fixed on the barriers....

Agricultural Sprayer for Curing Concrete

Published 13 January 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Working methods
During concrete placement activity, the site utilised an agricultural inspired “Crop” sprayer to evenly apply the curing compound. By using this, the site team successfully minimised working from height as previously operatives were required to work from bridges spanning 11m.

Walkie-Talkie Contact Boxes

Published 13 January 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Initiatives Safety plan updated Workforce information Working methods
Following concerns raised about the tight site constraints, the site team has introduced “Walkie Talkie Boxes” – in which portable radios are kept at particularly tight points on site (e.g. crossing points) to enable site personnel to communicate directly with the machine operators and banksman. All radios are taken in for security and charging each night and returned to the...

Rebar Mechanical Tying Gun

Published 13 January 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods
Bam Nuttall have implemented rebar mechanical tying guns to increase efficiency and significantly reduce repetitive strain injuries. The tying gun provides a solution to the physically demanding, monotonous and time-consuming work of manual tying. Tying rebar involves handling heavy materials, working in awkward positions, and repeating the same hand twisting motions over and over. All of this can lead to...

Using What3Words for Site Navigation

Published 13 January 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Emergency procedures Initiatives Site security Workforce information
Clear directions to very specific locations across large construction sites can be challenging, particularly in emergency situations. The GBHP 17,000 square metre Royal Victoria Hospital Maternity construction project, located within a large hospital complex, is the first site in Northern Ireland to introduce the What3Words app as a means to improving communications and emergency responses to and across the whole construction project....

Custom-made, Laceless Construction Safety Boots

Published 13 January 2020 | No comments
Written by James Butt
CategoriesInjuries Occupational health risks PPE Weather protection
BMJV has developed two new custom construction safety boots for general ground workers (high ankle) and plant operators (low ankle), which aim to significantly reducing ankle-related injuries. The boots require no laces and instead use a BOA ratchet system (often found on snowboarding equipment), which provides ankle support while removing the reliance of personnel correctly tying traditional laces. They are...

bmJV ‘Spot On’ Cards

Published 13 January 2020 | No comments
Written by James Butt
CategoriesAttitudes Behaviour Benefits Recognition Reward
bmJV have developed, trialled and implemented a positive recognition and incentive tool, used to recognise ‘above and beyond’ behaviours (not limited to safety) called ‘Spot On’. The system uses scratch cards with every card being a winner with a chance of winning the following: Level 1 – £250 Level 2 – £100 Level 3 – £50 Level 4 – £10...

Quill Blasting

Published 13 January 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Reduce Water saving measures Working methods
Within the confined space of the Thames Barrier flood gates, grit blasting was carried out to remove existing coatings to enable initial inspections to be undertaken. During the later inspections a decision was made to change from grit blasting to quill blasting. Quill blasting is a modern water, air and aggregate blasting system which uses up to 80% less water,...

Incident Notification System

Published 13 January 2020 | No comments
Written by James Butt
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Identification of near misses Initiatives Recording accidents Roads Working methods
bmJV have introduced an Incident Notification System to ensure that all relevant persons are informed of an incident occurring on site in a timely and factual manner. A text message is sent to pre-set distribution groups for each of four classification groups: Level 1 – Serious Incident Level 2 – Significant Incident Level 3 – Minor Incident Level 4 –...