Latest Innovations in Safety

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


Visual Quick Hitch Indicator

Published 9 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Vehicle enhancements Working methods
Quick hitch systems generally have an automated alarm to identify when a bucket is in place. However, this site are trialling a system which uses LED lights on the boom to provide a visual indication of when a bucket is hitched. Together both the audible and visual indicators provide further assurance that the bucket is safely connected to the machine.

All Bright Road Lining

Published 9 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLighting Roads
Tarmac have developed ‘all bright’ road lining which incorporates crystals. The purpose of these crystals is to make the road lining clearer for drivers, helping them to follow the markings whilst travelling at night. This road lining is four times brighter and more durable than standard lining which increases safety to road users.

Boltless Trapezoidal Tunnel Lining

Published 9 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Offsite construction Prefabrication Worker fatigue Working methods
The Carnwath Road Riverside tunnelling team have pioneered the design and use of a boltless trapezoidal tunnel lining. The design eliminates associated HAVS exposure for ring building operatives. Operatives no longer have to reach and stretch to get to bolt pockets with heavy spanners thus reducing manual handling risks. Noise levels are reduced which aids essential communication during ring building...

Tunnel Boring Machine Shove Bracket Lifting System

Published 9 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods
For the tunnel boring machine (TBM) to be launched within the SCL Chamber a shove frame was required to act as a reaction frame to start the drive. The design of the TBM shoving system require BMB to think of a handling system for the operative to lift up heavy duty brackets weighing approx. 400kg each. The shoving system was...

RPE Stand

Published 9 December 2019 | No comments
Written by Kelly Howard
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Posters PPE Risk information
We have setup a Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) stand and folder in our welfare area. The whole point of the RPE Stand is to show what happens if you are not clean shaven or not inside the mask area. It also has a summary of different facial styles and if they are considered to be compatible with RPE. When using...

Interactive Incident/ Near Miss Animations

Published 2 December 2019 | No comments
Written by Lewis Haines
CategoriesIdentification of near misses Recording accidents Workforce information
What it is Interactive video detailing the incident/ near miss that occurred, why it happened, and the key lessons learnt. This video is produced following a LL critical incident (Can be a near miss rather than LTI or RIDDOR). The video is distributed to other LL sites and to the trades to ensure the same mistakes are not made again....

GRP Edge Protection Adjacent to the Railway

Published 2 December 2019 | No comments
Written by Lewis Haines
CategoriesBarriers Initiatives
What it is Bespoke 1.8m high Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) edge protection system spanning 300m adjacent to King’s Cross Station powerlines. Unique, non-conductive edge protection that is able to provide a safe form of edge protection for operatives working near the railway. Specially designed, tested, risk assessed and certified in an off-site facility by Step-On-Safety and approved by Lendlease temporary...

Eave Ear Defence System

Published 2 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMedical conditions Occupational health risks Recording accidents Worker fatigue Working methods
The adoption of an innovation in hearing health by Erith Group has set a new benchmark in hearing conservation and noise management. Erith utilised the Eave system during the demolition of a gas drum in Stevenage. The system compromises of an IoT (Internet of Things) smart ear defender (the FocusLite) and its associated noise analysis and risk management cloud-based platform...

Safety System for Crane Drivers

Published 2 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Safety plan updated Training Vehicle enhancements
The site team have installed an innovative safety feature onto their Wolff Luffing Jib Tower Crane. It has been fitted with the latest ‘Articrane i-Raptor Davit Crane Rescue System’ with a body stretcher on the high level driver’s platform. In the event of an emergency, such as a heart attack, this feature will get a crane driver back to ground....

Hydraulic Punch Driver

Published 2 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods
The site are using a battery powered hydraulic punch driver. It has an aluminium head which is designed to rotate at 360 degrees. This enables the operator to use the punch in a confined space. This helps avoid injury as manual handling is reduced and there is no longer a need to use a jig saw within an awkward position....

Safety Conversation Starters

Published 2 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCampaigns Communicate initiatives Workforce consultation Workforce information
BAM Construction’s Capital Square Office Development in Edinburgh has introduced Safety Conversation Starters. These are cards that have been designed to instigate safety discussions during toolbox talks with operatives, safety meetings and workshops carried out by health and safety management. There are 12 main topics on the cards for example; access/egress, lifting operations, falling objects and safety in the office....

LED Stop & Go Boards

Published 2 December 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLighting Traffic marshal Visitor information
The site have incorporated LED illuminated manual stop and go boards. These provide many benefits starting with greatly improved visibility and hence safety for operatives. The ability to respond quickly and efficiently to reported problems, particularly at night when the system is combined with halo-light fitted hardhats, increases road safety for all. This is an improvement to a long standing...

Learning a language with Duolingo

Published 18 November 2019 | No comments
Written by Mariyana Stoyanova
CategoriesCultural needs Diversity Equality Inclusion Language differences Minority groups Recognition Reward
At South Quay Plaza (SQP), we value the diversity of our workforce and inclusivity is important to us, therefore a number of Berkeley Managers have embarked on a mission to learn the basics of a language which is common on site using Duolingo. Even simple phrases such as ‘hello’, ‘good morning’ and ‘how are you’ have made a positive impact...

Vertemax Compressed Post

Published 14 November 2019 | No comments
Written by Rachel Mills
CategoriesFalling debris Working methods
On The Broadway project, we have been working with Vertemax to install full height edge protection on our site by being the first Multiplex project to use The Vertemax Compression Post, which is a game changer in creating safer work zones. The Vertemax Compression Post are quick and easy to erect, weighing only 12.4 kg, making it easy for operatives...

Bespoke Maintenance Plate

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling debris Occupational health risks Working methods
The site used a bespoke maintenance plate to aid in pulling the top wire on a transmission tower. The new plate design allows for the block (or pulley) required to pull the new wire to be hung just outside of the top of the steel structure. Previously the block had to be attached within the structure by removing steel bars in...