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Hydrogen powered floodlights and vehicles

Published 9 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Green purchasing Minimised energy use

Sites should be seeking to minimise their impact on the environment by using low-emission technology where possible. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site needed floodlights to work during evenings and through the night. Instead of traditional diesel lights the team used a hydrogen system which has the following benefits: – Green: Diesel produces ozone-damaging…


Free Dental Check-up and Treatment

Published 26 June 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealth screening Healthy lifestyle advice

Dental health can often be forgotten in the larger picture of a healthy lifestyle but it is important to have regular check-ups and address any issues that arise. See the examples below for how one site in the Republic of Ireland addressed workforce dental health: Free dental health check-up was included as part of health screenings for the workforce. Employees…


Custom Made Excavator

Published 11 June 2018 | Written by Sally Kinchin
CategoriesMobile machinery Vehicle enhancements

The site team needed to construct a large basement on a confined site with difficult ground conditions that comprised a high water table and heavy clay. This required a barrier to be created through a temporary sheet piled cofferdam perimeter. A common problem caused by this is that the soil is retained in the sheet pile which creates the risk…


Promoting Commitment to be Considerate Constructors with Ivor Goodsite

Published 10 June 2018 | Written by Shaun Moses
CategoriesPosters Scheme posters/banners Signage Signage Workforce

During inductions on our St Martins Lodge site we discussed the Considerate Constructors Scheme as we would on every site. During this discussion we came up with the idea of using the Ivor Goodsite promotional sign in a humorous way in which to make starters aware of the Scheme. We cut out Ivor’s face, changed the sign to incorporate the…


Electronic Screed Pump

Published 4 June 2018 | Written by Kevin Shannon
CategoriesAir quality

As part of the site’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and disruption to its neighbours following the hand over of phases that bordered current working areas, the site team began to investigate what could be done to reduce the site’s impact on the environment. An area identified was the use of plant on site. Alternatives for the traditional plant…


Lime Improved Japanese Knotweed Risk Material

Published 29 May 2018 | Written by Robert Andrews
CategoriesHazardous substance storage Landscaping

Japanese Knotweed was known to be an issue in the field where the south car park is being constructed for a number of years prior to the commencement of the project. Chemical treatment of the knotweed was intermittently undertaken over several years with a treatment bund created in the north east corner of the site and knotweed contaminated material moved…


Using Sponge as a Shot Blasting Material

Published 24 May 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRe-use Sustainable solutions

Reusing materials and minimising waste is a key way of mitigating the environmental impact of works. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: A trade contractor used an open cell sponge and abrasive media as a shot blasting material rather than sand. At a very high pressure this was more effective than traditional methods. Once the sponge…


Great Crested Newt Collection

Published 16 May 2018 | Written by Damian Hopkins
CategoriesConsultants Post-completion impact Wildlife

Background The development of the M6 J16-19 Smart Motorway Project required mitigation measures to protect Great Crested Newts. This included large areas of vegetation management under supervision of an ecologist plus the installation of 7km of newt fencing and trapping under licence from Natural England. Original Method The conventional methodology for newt trapping involved the installation of pitfall traps. These…


Clear Safety Helmets with First Aid Kits

Published 16 May 2018 | Written by Ewan Jelly
CategoriesFirst Aid Injuries MIU

Clear safety helmets with integral first aid kits have been provided for first aiders on the site. The pouch can be removed from the helmet without needing to take it off and without reducing the safety of the helmet. In the event of minor cuts or grazes, these can be treated ‘in situ’ without the need to remove the injured…


Flatrack System Reducing City Centre Congestion

Published 16 May 2018 | Written by Ewan Jelly
CategoriesUnloading

Laing O’Rourke Edinburgh St James site is using a ‘Flatrack’ loading system, making use of our site cranes. Materials are loaded onto racks off-site and then delivered on lorries to loading bays around the site; materials are then lifted into the site and placed where they are needed. There has been a significant reduction in deliveries and vehicle movements in…


Andon App to Monitor Productivity

Published 16 May 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Incident procedures Worker fatigue

Sites should seek to maximise efficiency while minimising any waste or pollution as a result of construction work. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site team began using a new internal workplace app called Andon, which tracks and monitors productivity and location of gangs on site in real time. Using this app allows the office…


Creating 68 nature homes to replace 68 felled trees

Published 16 May 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGoodwill work Improvement Post-completion impact Trees

When environmental damage is an inevitable consequence of works, measures should be taken to mitigate this damage and take steps to improve the local environment. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: 68 diseased trees had to be felled to make way for the new visitors centre and the site team (including their supply chain) therefore pledged…


Automatic Machine for Setting Out Road Lines

Published 16 May 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRoads Working methods

Where possible, new technologies should be used to minimise manual handling by operatives which can lead to long-term health problems. See the examples below: The motorway project now uses a GPS controlled robotic machine to set out white lines on the roads. This avoids employees kneeling down to place the lines, which may cause repetitive strain injury. For more information,…


CLOCS Monitoring App

Published 16 May 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCampaigns CLOCS Reporting Workforce information

The industry’s enthusiastic uptake of the Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) initiative comes with it the need to keep track of a site’s performance against the CLOCS Standard. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The company has produced their own CLOCS monitoring app which enables them to improve efficiency and increase compliance standards. The app…


Temporary White Lining

Published 16 May 2018 | Written by Damian Hopkins
CategoriesAdvance notice of disruptive works Cooperation Local and special needs

Background The M6 J16-19 SMP requires all current surface course to be replaced to a depth of 35mm-50mm. The work generates the need to put down temporary white lining when laying the new surface course, which when removed can cause surface damage. Also, there can be customer complaints regarding the state of temporary road markings through Smart Motorways roadworks due…