Latest Innovations in Safety

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


Reducing Concrete Waste and Manual Handling

Published 8 April 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesImplementation Occupational health risks Plant and machinery Reduce Vehicle enhancements Worker fatigue
Specific forklift equipment/device has been used for concrete/mortar mixing as it reduces concrete/mortar waste. This is because it is mixed as needed and also reduces manual handling/transport efforts. A further suction device helps with heavy material handling (e.g. thick paving slabs), reducing risk of breakages and improving safety in handling heavy materials.

Rebar Storage Racks

Published 8 April 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInjuries Occupational health risks Tidiness Worker fatigue Working methods
Many of the rebar storage racks currently available are static, heavy and do not lend themselves easily to flexible storage. The team on this site have designed simple ply rebar storage blocks to land and store reinforcement. The banding on the packs can be safely cut without the risk of bars rolling or falling causing injury. Also, the rebar is...

Minimising Services Strike

Published 8 April 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Injuries Occupational health risks Utility works Working methods
The company has a target of zero ‘services strikes’, and accordingly have recently invested in the purchase of a small, trailer portable, remote controlled ‘Air-Vac’ machine, which uses an air lance and hoover extraction to expose underground utilities – this negates the requirement for hand digging and increases safety by removing Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) risk. To find out...

Competency Helmet Stickers

Published 8 April 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReporting Supervision Training Workforce information
Richards Builders’ has put in place a policy of continuous professional development and responsibility. Each competency course successfully passed is recorded in an employee’s personal record and a small colour coded helmet sticker is issued. For example, Asbestos Aware is represented by an ‘a’ on a yellow background. The company’s risk assessment forms feature the same colour coding system. Therefore,...

Cartoon videos of near miss events

Published 8 April 2020 | One comment
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Identification of near misses Workforce information
The site has commissioned a film maker to create cartoon videos of near miss events. The video analyses the circumstances leading up to the event, the event itself and the consequences. The video is shown to all of the management team, subcontract supervisors and workforce to ensure any lessons learnt are fully inducted to the workforce. The cartoon video is...

Passive Speed Monitoring

Published 13 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Ben Powell
CategoriesCLOCS FORS Roads Speed limits Traffic management Traffic management arrangements Vehicle enhancements
The system is a GPS-based electronic monitoring software which monitors through plug-in trackers issued to the driver upon arrival at the project. Issued with drivers’ rules, the monitor is plugged into the vehicle’s 12 volt socket outlet and instantly starts transmitting the position and speed of the vehicle. This means for all the time the vehicle is on the multi-plot...

Automatic Plant Safety System

Published 13 March 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Driver information Protected and controlled access Vehicle enhancements Working methods
The site team has developed and introduced a system to prevent people from being harmed by the site plant. If someone enters within a certain area, an alarm fitted within the plant activates. This alerts the driver that it may not be safe to resume working as someone is within their vicinity. There is a further zone labelled the ‘Red...

Ice Warning Signs

Published 9 March 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Risk information Safety signage Workforce information
The project team have procured Ice Guardian temperature measurement and warning signs for use on their site. These signs display a prominent snowflake symbol and flash with LEDs when the temperature drops below 3 degrees Celsius. This indicates to those working on site that there is an increased risk of ice forming. Such a warning allows those on site to...

FREDIE Notice Board

Published 9 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Owen Winters
CategoriesDiversity Equality Healthy lifestyle advice Inclusion Language differences Mental health Notice board Posters Stress
As part of being accredited as Leaders in Diversity, we have set up a notice board on site to promote the values of FREDIE: Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement. A FREDIE calendar highlights events throughout the year, such as Mental Health Awareness Week, Black History Month, Pride and Time to Talk Day. There is also a Wellbeing Calendar...

23 Tonne Prefabricated Roof

Published 9 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Aimee Nicol
CategoriesBirds Offsite construction Plant and machinery Prefabrication Vehicle enhancements Working methods
Robertson Homes brought in a 100 tonne crane to lift the prefabricated top back onto one of the historic towers of Great Glen Hall. The tower was one of the features damaged by fire in 2007, but has recently been lovingly rebuilt to its 19th-century glory. One of two being restored, the Western tower was the first to receive its...

Electroelsa Tower Crane Lift

Published 2 March 2020 | No comments
Written by J Wilby
CategoriesOccupational health risks Plant and machinery Vehicle enhancements Working methods
The Electroelsa Tower Crane is an investment in our workforce that allows personnel and small materials to be lifted up and down the side of a tower crane. This allows for quicker and safer climbing of tower cranes for operators, inspectors and managers as required. It also allows the transport of materials that do not have to be manually carried...

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...

HAVS Calculator App

Published 17 February 2020 | No comments
Written by Amy Stockton
CategoriesInitiatives Management Medical conditions Occupational health risks Worker fatigue
At CR Civil Engineering, we know how important it is to minimise workers exposure to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVs) and how difficult it can be to calculate exposure if multiple tools are used in one shift. To help, we have developed a smartphone app which Site Managers and Foremen can use to make the calculation as simple as possible....