Latest Innovations in Safety

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


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 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...

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 –...

Bespoke Cable Lifting and Delivery Trailer

Published 6 January 2020 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Unloading Working methods
The Hornsea project team identified a possible issue with the movement of cable drums to be used within their works. Weighing 33tn gross and having a working dimension of over four metres, the drums would prove a challenging move from the storage yard at PD Ports to the joint bay locations throughout the job. Previously the only way to move...

Personal Atmospheric Gas Monitor

Published 23 December 2019 | No comments
Written by Mark Johnson
CategoriesInitiatives Reporting Risk information Working methods
After attending a recent seminar on confined space working, we decided to look for a system that covers several needs, such as: Good ergonomics. Ease of operation. Good audible and visual alerts. Real time data upload. Able to replace separate two-way radio. We decided to trial the Blackline G7C and current field trials show that it does all of the...

RAPID System for Hazard Reduction

Published 9 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Identification of near misses Recording accidents Workforce information
The site has incorporated a new system for quantifying risk potential. It follows the steps: Record, Apply, Pin-point, Inform, Develop (RAPID). The tool has been developed to eliminate occupational illness/ disease. It aims to reduce/ eliminate health risks from commencement of design through to the construction stage. The process is to analyse the volume and type of hazard data recorded,...

Fatigue Control System

Published 9 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Attitudes Protected and controlled access Signing in Signing out Supervision Worker fatigue Workforce information
To address fatigue, the site access control system flags up when operatives have exceeded certain trigger points. This temporarily stops their access to the site. They are then asked to complete a questionnaire on fatigue devised by HealthWORKS Newcastle. Chill out zones are set up so everyone is able to find time to relax away from the working environment.