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Eave Noise Reduction Ear Defenders

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPPE

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…


Resident Friendly Scaffold Covering

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity engagement

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
CategoriesPost completion impact report

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…


Traffic Marshal Gloves

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPPE

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…


Working at Height Manager

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling objects

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
CategoriesRisk assessments Training plans

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 3D. The site has also digitised non-conformance reports and linked these to graphical (or non-graphical) data so that they are included in the 3D model. The 3D model also contains all benchmarks on the…


Suicide Prevention Training

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

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
CategoriesConsultation on health and safety Health risk assessments and monitoring Positive leadership and risk ownership

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 and Safety QR Codes

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency preparedness First aid Risk assessments

Taking on board the possible delay between an accident on site and going back to the office to find out the medical and 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….


Monitoring Operative Vibration Levels

Published 23 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRisk assessments

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
CategoriesTraining plans

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…


Single Use Plastic Incentive Scheme

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnvironmental/sustainability policy Promoting achievements

We have introduced a monthly incentive scheme where a £50 voucher is awarded to the employee who comes up with the best idea to reduce single use plastic and packaging in the office or on site. We have had a very positive response from the workforce resulting in approaches to our suppliers to change their packaging which has been very…


Tinnitus Tailor App

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by Jade O'Hara
CategoriesNoise

At a Project Scheme Champion’s meeting, one subcontractor advised on their issues with tinnitus and how they have managed the condition by using a mobile phone app. The Tinnitis Tailor app provides background sound therapy, which greatly reduces the effects of tinnitus. As tinnitus is a common condition (affecting around 30% of people) and brought about by changes in noise…


Championing Back to Work Mums Scheme

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by Jeremy Bayliss
CategoriesDisadvantaged and minority groups support Reasonable working hours Recreational facilities

We have launched a ‘Championing Back to Work Mums’ scheme with the aim of attracting more women to return to work and get involved in the industry after having children. As a company we value women in our industry and we are committed to respect, treat fairly, encourage and support women within our company. As an incentive, we have introduced…


Speaking Posters to Translate Safety Messages

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by Marilla King-Smith
CategoriesEnglish not as first language support PPE

We recognise the importance of effective communication for maintaining safety and order on site. A large percentage of our workforce do not speak or read English as their first language, therefore much of our critical safety and wellbeing information is translated into the appropriate languages and displayed as posters in the appropriate working areas. However, we appreciate that, with so…