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Eave Noise Reduction Ear Defenders

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks PPE Working methods

The site has been trialling the use of the Eave Noise Reduction Ear Defenders. A common issue with standard ear defenders is that they are taken off when operatives want to communicate with each other. This then puts the operatives at risk of permanent damage to their hearing. These ear defenders appear to solve this issue. They contain microphones and…


Resident-friendly Scaffold Covering

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Local and special needs Obstruction Sensitivity to neighbours

The HSE standard for external works on high rise buildings mandated Monarflex covering to the scaffold. This would have meant no views out or direct daylight for over a year. This was deemed to be medically harmful to a number of tenants, particularly those with autism. The site negotiated with suppliers and HSE and obtained approval for triple stitched netting…


Alternative power source for site compound

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Energy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Post-completion impact

For the duration of the project, the site has established a site compound, welfare area and site offices on Endeavour Wharf within the tourist centre of Whitby. The compound’s power supply is a mains connection of approximate 56kVA capacity which provides a stable, reliable supply of energy and has the added benefit of reducing noise and carbon emissions compared to…


Interactive Environmental Site Data

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAwareness Initial environmental assessment Rivers/watercourses Site environmental plan Wildlife

The team have again utilised the GIS initiative to add value to the environmental sector in a most advantageous way. Utilising iPad’s, they have overlaid the linear map of the project area with six different layers of relevant environmental data. The site teams can obtain data such as: consent requirements, details of ownership, flood areas, ecology, archaeology and many other…


Sustainable Alternative to Traditional Spill Granules and Spill Catcher

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReduce Sustainable solutions Sustainable source

The site has decided to switch from the traditional spill granules and spill catcher to SaveSorb which is a natural product made from Veriflora, a certified sustainable Canadian sphagnum peat moss. For more information regarding this innovation, please see the attachment below.


Traffic Marshal Gloves

Published 11 October 2019 | 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 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Behaviour Controls Initiatives Protected and controlled access RAMS review Supplier 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.


Environmentally-friendly Hydro-demolition Alternative

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAwareness Improvement Noise Rivers/watercourses Wildlife

The site team has undergone underwater excavation in rock using rockwheel aka cold milling. The main scope for the project comprises of repairs to the existing masonry walls, using a combination of concrete, structural grouts and mortars, and replacement stone blocks from a local quarry. Scour and erosion to the toe wall was recognised as a potential source of weakness…


Working at Height Manager

Published 11 October 2019 | 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 | 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…


Suicide Prevention Training

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Occupational health risks Stress

The site team investigated the suicide rate within the construction industry and discovered, via The Office of National Statistics, that between 2011 and 2015: people working in construction were 63% more likely to die by suicide than the national average. There were over 1,400 suicides in construction in five years, more than any other profession. This was three times higher…


Identifying Risks via a Site Survey

Published 11 October 2019 | 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 | 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 | 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…


Simulated Asbestos Enclosure Training

Published 10 September 2019 | 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…