Latest Innovations in Safety

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


D-wall cage lifting dolly

Published 26 May 2020 | No comments
Written by Cameron Blackwell
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods
The EARPS shaft was the 4th shaft of the CVB JV East Project to be installed. The EARPS site is also the tightest and the most congested site of the project. Following the same diaphragm wall construction methodology as the other sites, the EARPS Team has the additional challenge of a much smaller working environment. For lifting the reinforcement cages,...

Safer unloading onsite with custom-built portable steps

Published 18 May 2020 | No comments
Written by Benjamin Gibbs
CategoriesAccess/egress Driver information Initiatives Working methods
TCi furniture WORKS plans, supplies and installs office and welfare furniture for construction site accommodation. Inherent in our operation is the specialist planning of logistics to ensure deliveries meet strict timings whilst upholding exceptional levels of safety as required and expected by our clients and staff. Site teams are too often confronted with the need to unload components and materials...

Rebar Cages On-Site Prefabrication Jig

Published 12 May 2020 | No comments
Written by Patricia Sempere
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods
To achieve better production rates on the roof slab of the Kilo Substructure, Ferrovial Agroman developed a factory-like workstation by engaging a specialist designer to standardise the rebar detailing of over 1,200 cages, and predefined a template (jig) to form the base of the workstation. This process allows for mass, efficient fabrication. The project team trialled an A-Frame type scaffold...

An Improvement to Woodpole Construction

Published 12 May 2020 | No comments
Written by Amy Fraser
CategoriesFalling debris Initiatives Injuries Recording accidents Supply chain engagement Workforce consultation Working methods
In December 2019 there was a communication sent across Power T&D with regards to an incident that occurred during works undertaken by another Overhead Line contractor. During the construction of an H-Pole Structure, there was a requirement to lift the top end of the structure with an excavator approximately 200mm to allow bolts associated with the steel work to be...

Using Mannequins to Ensure Operatives Know the Correct PPE for Each Task

Published 12 May 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives PPE Workforce information
The complexity of the various project activities creates the need to ensure an operative has a clear understanding of the correct PPE that should be worn for the task in hand. This has been enabled by the use of 5 fully manoeuvrable Mannequins. Operatives are challenged in a fun based hands-on induction to dress each of the mannequins to match...

Positive Lifting Steelwork Attachment to remove the risk of incorrect slinging

Published 12 May 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Workforce consultation Working methods
Following a request for all subcontractors to produce a best practice proposal the steel work supplier put forward a Positive Lifting Steelwork Attachment proposal. This was a lifting ‘grommet’ installed at the calculated central point of gravity for each steel member. This ensures that the risk of incorrect slinging is removed, improving safety as well as saving time, increasing productivity...

Real-Time Point of Contact Mission Room

Published 12 May 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControls Emergency procedures Initiatives Management Supervision Workforce information Working methods
The mission room system has been extended by including a real-time point of contact for each team of operatives and any individual workers on site. The radio units have a transponder which is observed on the mission screen so the site project manager has a real-time view of where each team or persons are. Solitary workers such as environmentalists, line...

Robot used to fit glazed window units

Published 12 May 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods
A site SHE audit revealed the need for special equipment to install the very heavy special insulating windows required for Best Practice Passivhaus construction. The site liaised with the subcontractor involved and in conjunction with a specialist specified an electric battery powered design ‘robot’ that was specially manufactured to hydraulically pick up the glazed window unit and place it in...

Fox40 Handheld Electronic Whistles

Published 27 April 2020 | No comments
Written by Tatiana Meakin
CategoriesControls Driver information Emergency procedures Initiatives Working methods
This project like any other multi-crane project have crane loads traversing through the air all day. These loads on occasion will traverse over site personnel, this is a common occurrence in daily multi crane-lifting operations plus the radius path is not always accessible or blind to the slinger/signallers. Consideration to the load path is always considered by crane operators in...

Rechargeable Temporary Lighting

Published 15 April 2020 | No comments
Written by Darren Warner
CategoriesLighting Working methods
Whilst waiting for our temporary lighting to be installed we purchased eight portable and rechargeable LED light units with motion sensors were fitted. Each light fitting has four settings which allows different levels of light for different tasks being undertaken. They are small and compact and once fully charged they have a battery life of up to five hours and...

Promatic Roofing Gas Blow Torch

Published 15 April 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWorking methods
A safer roofing gas blow torch is being used by the roofing contractor on this project. The blow torch is used for felt roofing and has an excellent fire safety feature whereby as soon as the torch is put down, or left by the operators side, it switches off. Traditional blow torches remain on if dropped or left unattended. To...

Fire Safety Grab Bag

Published 15 April 2020 | No comments
Written by Gino Salvatore
CategoriesDrills Emergency procedures First Aid
Lauren Shaw, a Galliford Try Highways graduate engineer, came up with the idea of a fire safety kit bag or ‘grab bag’ and this has been put forward for a company MAGIC (make a good idea count) award. The ‘grab bag’, a green luminous rucksack, contains a torch, clipboard, pens, first aid kit, fire safety briefing paper, fire extinguisher identification...

Translation of the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice

Published 8 April 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCultural needs Diversity Inclusion Language differences Literacy training Scheme posters/banners Workforce
On this project, the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice has been translated into Romanian (the principal language spoken on this site), which has then been professionally displayed around the site.

Tag Line Weight

Published 8 April 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWorking methods
A tag line weight, made using a tennis ball filled with silicone to prevent it swinging in the wind, is used on this project. This solution was devised by the operatives undertaking the work. Without the tennis ball fitted, the tag line blows in the wind and trying to grab hold of it is difficult. The tennis ball is also...

Roof level handrail system

Published 8 April 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBarriers Falling debris
The site team has developed a handrail system for the roof level. This utilises half style casts in channels and the permanent handrail uprights are fitted with a temporary connector to provide edge protection during the construction phase but without having to then fit permanent handrails with an exposed edge. The permanent uprights are resized to give protection during earlier...