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‘Bomb Jet’ to clean drainage pipes

Published 13 October 2017 | Written by Elaine Woodburn
CategoriesWorking methods

The industry standard method for clearing blocked drains is to use High Pressure Water Jetting (HPWJ) in which a jetting head with a number of rearward facing jets is driven up the drain with high pressure water providing the thrust force to drag the jetting head and its high pressure hose up the drain whilst the water emitted from the…


Box blade to maintain access tracks

Published 10 October 2017 | Written by Elaine Woodburn
CategoriesLocal materials Mobile machinery

The LLWR site has approximately 6 km of track running around it which as part of the Security Enhancement project needed to be upgraded. We considered the works and then sourced a agricultural “box blade” which was modified then pulled around the track by a tractor. The adapted tool has enabled track repairs with the minimum of excavation in not…


Joint Utility Trenching Strategy

Published 1 June 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesObstruction Utility works

Highway works are labour intensive and involve installing multiple utilities. This can cause disruption and prolong the project process. See the examples below for how the Manchester Metrolink Trafford Park Line site addressed this: The site adopted a Joint Utility Trench strategy, which involves the installation of up to 8 utilities in a single trench including Water, Gas, Electricity and Telecommunications designed and…


Virtual Reality Tour of Finished Project

Published 26 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCooperation

Keeping the public informed and updated about the progress of a project is essential. Sharing project information builds relationships between community and contractor, and often minimises incidents of complaint. See the examples below for how one site took this the extra step: Provided cardboard virtual reality glasses which work with a smartphone. QR codes were distributed throughout the site in…


Relaxation ‘Taster’ Sessions

Published 19 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRecreation Rest Stress Worker fatigue

Sites must take appropriate steps to ensure the health and wellbeing of the workforce. Wellbeing initiatives foster positive mental health and make for a more productive workforce. See the examples below detailing the initiative developed by one site: Site management thought about what they as individuals do to relax and de-stress when they are at home. Each member of staff then developed…


Rubber site access mats

Published 19 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Footpaths and diversions

It is paramount that construction sites do all they can to minimise the risk of accident or injury to personnel on site. A common cause of accidents are trips and falls, which are often easily prevented. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site brought in rubber mats to provide safe access to site over steel…


Re-Using Materials to Create Recyclable Desks

Published 12 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Green purchasing Local materials Re-use Recycle

Everyone in the construction industry needs to take appropriate measures to minimise their impact on the environment. This includes recycling where possible and making efforts to reduce waste. See the examples below for how one supplier addressed this: The company supplies and installs furniture and equipment to construction site cabins. They worked with a local corrugated packaging manufacturer to reuse the…


Supplier Drop Boxes

Published 12 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMinimised fuel use Supply chain Travel plans

Construction is an increasingly environmentally-conscious industry, especially when it comes to carbon emissions. Construction companies which operate in multiple counties often require drivers to make lengthy journeys to deliver supplies, which contributes to the company’s carbon footprint. See the examples below for how one company addressed this: Set up supplier drop boxes throughout the region for suppliers to drop off…


Control Point Management

Published 12 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods

Laying and replacing gas pipes poses a number of safety risks. High among these is the danger posed by welded jointing, and a lack of clarity over where the joint was and whether it had been fitted properly in the first place. See the examples below for how the site addressed this: The company sought to develop a system to…


Equipping Gatemen with Breathalysers

Published 7 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Sensitivity to neighbours Traffic management Traffic marshal

Contractors must be vigilant against the presence of drugs and alcohol on site, as it is in the interests of everyone on site to remain safe. This can be a particular problem with drivers, as a driver under the influence poses a grave risk to the local community. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: As the gateman…


Vibration Warning Ties

Published 6 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Health screening Occupational health risks Risk information Workforce information

Repeated exposure to excessive levels of vibration from hand-held power tools can cause serious medical conditions for construction operatives. Considerate constructors who value their workforce’s health and wellbeing will ensure this risk is monitored. See the examples below for how one site addressed this issue: The site purchased vibration warning cable ties. The durable and flexible ties easily attach to tooling…


Supporting homeless people and providing employment

Published 4 May 2017 | Written by Harish Raghwani
CategoriesCharities/organisations Goodwill Labour Workforce

The Mace PREACH project team at the LSE development kept noticing the same two homeless men sleeping by the site’s pedestrian entrance every night. A member of the site team persuaded them to come into the site office to have a cup of coffee. It transpired that they were skilled, educated men who hadn’t found opportunities quick enough upon arriving…


The Light Balloon Module System

Published 19 September 2016 | Written by Tom Cummins
CategoriesLighting Roads

Works were being carried out for the removal of existing street lighting on the A34 and A555. To ensure there was adequate lighting for the travelling members of the public and the workforce carrying out night work activities, an alternative light source was required. After some research and a trial period the Light Balloon Module system was found to be…


Immersive technology for training purposes – ‘Mission Room’

Published 12 September 2016 | Written by Tom Cummins
CategoriesCamera Training

Mission Room is an innovative and unique training and awareness experience with an award winning and proven track record in the Rail industry. Mission Room brings the workplace into the training room, giving everyone the same big picture, and providing safe and instant access to complex and hazardous environments. The products provide the perfect bridge between theoretical, sterile classroom training…


Using boost feature on Facebook to communicate messages to wider audience

Published 2 August 2016 | Written by Sara Brady
Categories24/7 contact information/arrangements Pre-start information Promoting Construction campaign Public Social media Updates

Social media is crucial to sites’ communication with their neighbours, as it provides a quick and easy way to share updates with a large group of people. Contractors are increasingly becoming aware of the potential of social media, and routinely use platforms like Facebook and Twitter to share news and updates with neighbourhood interest groups. However, some projects seek to target…