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Art Workshops Supporting the Mental and Physical Wellbeing of Construction Workers

Published 8 October 2018 | Written by Nicola Laight
CategoriesCharities/organisations Mental health Recreation Stress

Farrans Construction have created a unique art galley on the construction hoarding at their Altnagelvin North Wing Redevelopment Project. The arts project is part of Farrans’ ongoing commitment to supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of their workforce through their work with the ‘Mates in Mind’ scheme and ‘Inspire’, a charity and social enterprise focused on promoting workplace wellbeing. Farrans…

Temporary ‘Breath Panels’ used to Improve Air Quality

Published 8 October 2018 | Written by Jack Grieve
CategoriesAir quality Sustainable solutions

At Morley House, Regent Street, we have installed temporary ‘Breath Panels’ to our scaffold. The Breath is a multi-layered fabric with an activated charcoal core designed to improve local air quality by absorbing common urban pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx). The primary source of NOx in urban areas is the combustion of fossil fuels in road vehicles or heating…

New Lasers to Protect Operatives

Published 1 October 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods

At Left Bank Development Tower, Wates Construction has developed a laser limit for use on Mast Climbers in lieu of the mechanical limiter generally used. The lasers are positioned to read the dead space between the Mast Climber and the building. This prevents a sliding deck colliding with the building or anything protruding from the building. Once the line of…

Biometric Site Report

Published 1 October 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Workforce information Working methods

Wates Construction have collected data from the biometric turnstile which is then collated into a dashboard report that is shown on a display screen in the site office, producing a ‘live’ picture of the number of sub-contractor operatives by trade, managers, supervisors, fire marshals and fire aiders on site to see if the site has a suitable ratio of operatives…

Screen Safe System

Published 1 October 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods

At Symons House, RG Group introduced an initiative adaption of a screen system to change tie positions so that the lower slab was clear of screen ties, allowing the safe installation of Metsec, cement boards and windows and seal the system within the screen. This enables safe execution, especially in the adaption of the screen safe system for the high-level…

Measuring Energy Usage

Published 1 October 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon management Sustainable solutions

At Seaton Beach development site, Classic Builders have developed a software programme to practically demonstrate the impact and carbon footprint of water and energy use to the workforce in terms of everyday use. The site manager used the software which was produced on a spreadsheet and then introduced this to the site and the company fed in energy and waste…

The Solatainer

Published 24 September 2018 | Written by Jonathan Baron
CategoriesEfficient energy use Efficient fuel use Energy from renewable sources Energy saving measures Sustainable solutions Sustainable source

The Solatainer is a new innovative power source for site compounds. The unit combines solar, generator, battery and for the first time in the UK, wind to provide renewable energy for running the site. During its first month on site, we have observed a 27% reduction in the total cost and over a 87% reduction in carbon dioxide production when…

Site Scale Fungal and Bacteria Treatment Trial for PAH Contaminated Soil

Published 24 September 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEfficient energy use Re-use Sustainable solutions

Bacterial treatment of soils lightly contaminated with Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) is an established soil remediation technique and has been undertaken at the Sugar House Island development site. The treatment of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) has proved significantly more difficult for the construction industry and material with this classification is typically landfilled. Recent laboratory studies have…

Handling Plasterboards Safely

Published 13 September 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Working methods

At the Mount Pleasant Halls site in Cambridgeshire, the team at Osborne have developed an innovative working method for handling plasterboards safely and efficiently. With the aid of a Cantideck system, the team have developed a trolley system to handle plasterboards. The trolley system functions by loading plasterboards onto the trolley with the use of the tower crane which utilises…

Magnetic and Spray Can Tethers for Working at Height

Published 6 August 2018 | Written by Mariyana Stoyanova
CategoriesFalling debris Initiatives

Magnetic Tethers: As part of our working at height safety procedures, we require all items on a leading edge to be tethered, including small nuts and bolts. These are very challenging to tether in a conventional way, due to their size and sometimes awkward shapes. Therefore, we decided to introduce magnetic tethers for all work at height. The majority of…