Latest Innovations in Safety

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


Developing vehicles to monitor safety hazards for rail works

Published 29 January 2015 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling debris Risk information
Ensuring the safety of your workforce is vital. The potential hazards posed by the nature of the work taking place and the environment in which individuals are working should be identified. In response, measures should be implemented to counteract these risks to ensure the wellbeing of your workforce. A number of sites effectively communicate the risks posed on site and...

Cycle scheme to facilitate transport between sites

Published 22 January 2015 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCycle safety Minimised fuel use Plan RAMS review Travel plans
Innovative methods to minimise your sites carbon footprint should be actively sought. Many large projects have a number of sites working simultaneously, requiring operatives and management to regularly travel to and visit various sites, thus transport between sites is a necessity, often increasing the sites carbon footprint. In response to these requirements and increasing environmental problem, many sites have introduced a cycle scheme, to facilitate transport...

First aid call points

Published 25 November 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDrills Emergency procedures First Aid
Construction sites should constantly seek to improve their health and safety protocols. Construction work accompanies a high occupational risk to all operatives, for this reason it is vital that all health and safety protocols are effectively implemented, updated and communicated to all members of the workforce. Below is an example of how sites have updated their safety protocols to improve their...

Near miss ‘touch screen’ reporting system

Published 25 November 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesIdentification of near misses Phone Recording accidents Reporting
All accidents, incidents and near misses should be recorded and used for lessons learnt, to ensure continuous safety improvement on site. A great deal can be learnt from trends in accident reporting. The reporting process should capture all relevant information, but also be quick and simple to do. Examples of how sites have recorded near misses and accidents include: A mobile...

Risk Screening Process for Drivers

Published 24 November 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Risk information Training
There are a significant number of road accidents and fatalities involving construction traffic. To help prevent this, sites should raise awareness of road safety amongst staff. Site managers should also be aware of busy areas such as schools, or blind spots round corners, which may cause potential danger for pedestrians, cyclists or other road users. Safety should always remain at...

Evacuation procedures

Published 3 November 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency procedures Escape routes Universities
Learning from accidents and incidents is an important way to continually improve safety on site. By regularly practising fire drills and evacuation processes, the workforce are able to understand safety procedures which will be beneficial if a real-life incident was to occur. Beneath is an example of how sites have stayed on top of evacuation procedures: The site formed an association with Professor Edwin R...

Visitors’ Induction Guide

Published 30 October 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFacilities for visitors Induction Parking Site specific induction Site-specific induction Visitor information
All members of the workforce and visitors to the site must have a site induction. The induction is site specific and will provide everyone with information on the current hazards of the site and the basic site rules. At a number of sites, a visitors’ induction guide was sent in advance to those individuals and companies arranging to go to the...

Promoting Safety News

Published 30 October 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesIncentives Recording accidents
Sites should continuously promote good news stories and achievements, to generate a positive image for the industry. Promoting safety news helps to reinforce safety initiatives and involve the workforce – as well as portraying a positive image of construction. Below is an example of one strategy that sites have undertaken to promote safety news: Postcards were produced for particular project achievements...

Drug and Alcohol Testing

Published 24 October 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing
Random drugs and alcohol testing is an effective way of ensuring that safety on site is of paramount importance. Attitudes towards the effects of drugs and alcohol on workers, should be fed down from senior managers and adopted by all. Drinking or taking drugs before working on site could effect reaction times, judgements and result in dangerous incidents or accidents on site....

Permit to Work

Published 16 October 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSupervision Supervision Supervision
A ‘permit to work’ is a safety system used to control high risk activities such as excavations or working at height. Permits authorise certain members of the workforce to carry out high risk work at a specific time and helps to ensure health and safety procedures are correctly followed. This is particularly important on large sites with many trades working in...