Latest Innovations in Safety

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


Fire and Rescue Presence on Site

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBoundary security Property security Site security Supervision
Humberside Fire and Rescue Services (HFRS) have an appliance and operatives on site to assist the site’s Emergency Response Team by being on duty through the night when the team is not there. The funding given to HFRS is passed on to the local community. It is potentially the first time a public facility has been hired in this way.

Permit Indicating Hi-Vis

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControls PPE Protected and controlled access Site specific induction Supervision Supervision Workforce information
The site often give out permits for various tasks. In order to determine who has been properly briefed, the site has procured company branded hi-vis waistcoats carrying the wording “I have the _____ permit”. These are handed out by the Site Manager at the time of issuing the permit and returned upon completion of the works or at the end...

Remote Control Balcony Fixing System

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInjuries Occupational health risks Vehicle enhancements Working methods
The site have reduced the risks associated with installing balconies. This has been done through using precast balconies that are installed with a remote control device and a pin. The pin is used to lock the balcony in a temporary position whilst the permanent fixings are installed. This method requires less working at height than standard balcony installation.

Colour Coded Tagging for Lifting Equipment

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesManagement Training Workforce information
The site has developed colour coded plastic tags, that are used to identify the status of every item of lifting equipment such as chains, slings and shackles. Following validation of respective testing certificates and associated method statements, each component that is used in everyday operation is coded. The colour coding provides time restricted approval. This enables surety of equipment to...

Super Hoist for Reducing Working at Height

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Supervision Working methods
A super hoist was employed on the project to install ceiling mounted fan coil units to all six floors of the refurbishment. Health and safety issues that were identified while reviewing the installation methodology of the units were predominately in relation to work at height and manual handling, i.e. how to safely install an FCU approx. 1m x 1m x...

Flexible Crane Exclusion Zones

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Boundary security Controls Driver information Protected and controlled access Supervision Vehicle enhancements Workforce information Working methods
The standard anti-collision system allows for exclusion zones to be set up by a controller at the base of the crane. These zones are set as ‘permanent’ unless changed by the supplier (SMIE) technician, with the operator only being able to turn the zone off to enable engaging free-slew when the crane is not operating. The issue with this standard...

Tethering Items for Working at Height

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling debris Initiatives Supervision Supply chain engagement Working methods
The site are using nut sockets which can easily have a lanyard attached so that they can be tethered to an operative. A nut which needs to be fixed is then placed in the socket and a small screw holds it in place. The first few turns of the nut on the thread secure the nut after which the socket...

Harmful Noise Reducing Ear Defenders

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks PPE Worker fatigue
The site manager has discussed introducing electronic ear defenders which amplify ambient sounds to enhance the wearer’s awareness of their environment whilst providing hearing protection for sounds that are above 82 decibels. These have the benefit over traditional ear defenders or plugs given that noise is not entirely eliminated below this level. This allows the wearer to communicate with their...

Instaboom GS6 Overhead Barrier

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by John Quarless
CategoriesAccess/egress Barriers Boundary security Protected and controlled access Roads Site security Traffic management
This mobile barrier is a solar powered solution to overhead protection. It is a first in the industry and there is currently nothing similar on the market. Currently, the industry relies on signs, goalposts and blue cones. A system that stops a vehicle that is too high from passing through was needed and the Instaboom GSX barrier does this through a...

Increasing Safety with Brick Jackets

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHousekeeping Safety signage Scaffold protection Tidiness
The company uses proprietary “brick jackets”, branded with the company logo, to protect bricks from the frost and the rain. The jackets also keep the bricks in neat stacks and prevent them from being accidentally knocked over and spilling onto the scaffold, where they become a trip hazard. The jackets are manufactured in bright colours, so are clearly visible to...

Riser Protection through utilisation of RiserSafe® system

Published 4 November 2019 | No comments
Written by Tom Webster
CategoriesBarriers Falling debris Working methods
Falls from height continue to be one of the biggest killers in construction. To minimise the risk of working at height in risers, the One Crown Place team have gone beyond internal and external recommendations in riser safety, challenging standard practice by designing out this key risk on the project by implementing the RiserSafe ® system. RiserSafe®, developed by a...

Dust Reducing Plasterboard Shear

Published 4 November 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Occupational health risks Working methods
The site are using a plasterboard shear which reduces the airborne dust associated with cutting such material. This improves the general air quality of the site and allows plasterboard to be cut inside without the health and safety risks of dust lingering. It has also had the additional effect of reducing Stanley Knife use. See below, for a video demonstration...

Air Quality for the Workforce

Published 28 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Gwen Blair
CategoriesAir quality Initiatives Occupational health risks Working methods
The Kier Site team had known early on the extreme working conditions involved in creating a new basement, in an existing building, which included demolition and excavation works in relatively confined spaces as well as installing new steel structures. To improve the working environment, the team introduced the LIFA HepaClean 4000 negative air machine. The powerful machine is ideal to...

Tagging System: Temporary Works

Published 21 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Jane King
CategoriesRisk information Working methods
The site has been using colour coded plastic tags to identify the inspection status of every item of lifting equipment, chains, slings, shackles etc. for some time. They are fixed to each component used in every lifting operation, following validation of respective testing certificates and associated method statements, and they provide time restricted approval. This enables surety of equipment to...

Remote Controlled Crane Suspended Lifting Beam

Published 15 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Magdalena Andres
CategoriesInitiatives Vehicle enhancements Working methods
A remote-controlled load management system for all crane operations, which eliminates the need for human held taglines to control suspended loads, has been launched in the UK on Thames Tideway KEMPF Construction Site. Lift and orientation specialist Verton has developed a system which can be applied to suspended loads of all sizes and across industries including infrastructure, engineering, construction, general...