Latest Innovations in Safety

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


Eave Noise Reduction Ear Defenders

Published 15 October 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks PPE Working methods
A common issue with traditional ear defenders is that they prevent communication between operatives and make them less aware of their surroundings. This can lead to operatives removing them during works which potentially exposes them to dangerous levels of noise. The Health and Safety Executive has reported that 40% of users supposedly wearing hearing protection are not safe because the...

Demonstrations of Brake Reaction Testing and “Beer Goggles” to Simulate Impaired Driving

Published 15 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Nicholas O'Connell
CategoriesAttitudes Behaviour Campaigns Communicate initiatives Training
To further promote safety for vulnerable road users in line with CLOCS, as well as promoting employee safety, a member of Kildare County Council held a road safety and drink awareness talk onsite. Discussing issues and giving role-play demonstrations such as: Managing Driving for Work Alcohol consumption effects Local accident hotspots Speed limits in the regional area Impaired vision due...

Traffic Marshal Gloves

Published 11 October 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Initiatives PPE Roads Supervision Traffic management arrangements Traffic marshal
The site are running a trial on a new set of gloves designed specifically for traffic marshals. There is a lot of vehicle movement on the project and besides competency and all the other control measures in place, the site wanted something extra that could make a difference. The chosen glove is rated at cut level 5. This provides the protection...

Geo-Grid/Geo-Textile Laying Sledge

Published 11 October 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Behaviour Controls Initiatives Protected and controlled access RAMS review Supply chain engagement Working methods
The site team have introduced a  geo-grid/geo-textile laying sledge which they have developed. This has improved the safety and productivity of the project. For more information regarding this innovation, please see the attachment below.

Working at Height Manager

Published 11 October 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling debris Initiatives Safety plan updated Scaffold protection Supervision Working methods
The first dedicated “working at height” manager supervised the assembly of a large piece of hanging scaffold which was lifted above a wash tower and lowered into position. This eliminated 70% of the working at height involved with the project. Mace also encouraged its supply-chain to reduce risks which led to its scaffolding contractor producing a hop-up platform that has...

Site Digital Engineering

Published 11 October 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Risk information Safety plan updated Training Workforce information
The site has created a digital model which links design information with current risks on site so that these can be viewed in the office in 3-D. The site has also digitised non-conformance reports and linked these to graphical (or non-graphical) data so that they are included in the 3-D model. The 3-D model also contains all benchmarks on the...

Identifying Risks via a Site Survey

Published 11 October 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Management Reporting Safety plan updated
Balfour Beatty employed an independent company to carry out a safety climate survey of all staff, workforce, designers, clients and subcontractors on site. The purpose of the survey was to explore the risks that individual may take, their views on managers, their understanding of acceptable behaviours, whether they take risks over time, whether they were asked to take risks and...

Health & Safety QR Codes

Published 11 October 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency procedures First Aid Initiatives Injuries Risk information Visible first aiders
Taking on board the possible delay between an accident on site and going back to the office to find out the medical/medication records, the site has created QR stickers to be placed inside helmets. Using a mobile phone, the QR code can be scanned which identifies the operative and gives medical information as well as next of kin. This can...

Monitoring Operative Vibration Levels

Published 23 September 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Reporting Risk information Supervision Weather protection
New generation ‘Havi watches’ have been introduced. When worn, operatives have their actual vibration levels – relative to Hand-arm Vibration (HAV) – measured and recorded. Each day, the data is uploaded onto a docking station for analysis. The wrist device is calibrated each day and an alarm is activated if the pre-agreed exposure level is recorded. The device that was...

GPS Display on Excavators

Published 19 September 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Initiatives Risk information Vehicle enhancements
The large excavators on MPact-Thales are able to use GPS to maintain line and level control. Alongside the excavation model, MPact-Thales have developed a method for importing the utilities AutoCAD model into the excavator’s GPS display enabling operators to have a clear visualisation of the services within the areas they are working. These serve as a constant reminder of the...

Safer Method for Attaching Concrete

Published 10 September 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Working methods
The detail of the method of attaching the top of the concrete ‘skin’ to the existing concrete wall has been revised to reduce working at height and Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). The original designed detail was to break out the existing wall to create a key for the tie in to make it water tight. The site team developed...

Using Datascope to Assign RAMS to Operatives

Published 10 September 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Barriers Protected and controlled access Signing in Signing out
Datascope assigning RAMs to operatives – once inducted operatives review their RAMs with a supervisor using a tablet. They then sign using their finger print which attributes the RAMs to them and permits access to site up to the RAMs expiry date. If these expire before being reviewed, the operative is barred access to the work area until a review...

Respitory Protective Equipment for Welding Activities

Published 10 September 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPPE Risk information Safety plan updated Working methods
Following research that exposure to mild steel welding fumes can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans, the site enforced mandatory use of full face air-line RPE for all welding activities. To find out more, click the link below.

Bespoke Safety Course

Published 10 September 2019 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Risk information Training Training Workforce consultation Workforce information
BAM Nuttall had identified a need to increase awareness of exclusion zones and safe zones. Research was carried out but neither the CITB nor recognised training agencies can provide the specialist resources that the company required. Site staff then set about determining the course content and the facilities required to create their own course. A one-day course was developed, aimed...

Simulated Asbestos Enclosure Training

Published 10 September 2019 | No comments
Written by John Houlihan
CategoriesOccupational health risks Training Training
To further develop, measure and assess the competency of operatives working within a live asbestos environment, a dummy asbestos enclosure was erected with adjoining three-stage airlocks and bag-locks from tubular scaffold materials. The enclosure was fully sheeted; a viewing panel window was cut out of the sheeting; and prohibitive, mandatory and cautionary safety signage was displayed on the enclosure. Operatives...