A list of entries tagged with August 2020 innovation

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Wearable Exoskeleton

Published 12 October 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Occupational health risks Worker fatigue

The project team have been using an ‘Exoskeleton’ system. This piece of equipment is manufactured by Hilti, and whilst it is mainly used in the USA, it is relatively new to the UK and is something that is very uncommon and will be used on this project. This is a wearable exoskeleton, and its aim is to reduce fatigue and…

Using Foam Chief for Dust and Odour Control

Published 12 October 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Awareness

Use of Foam Chief providing a surface foam cover to excavated materials and is one of the most effective and quickest means of achieving short-term dust or odour control. These specially-formulated foam products are designed to be applied to troublesome odour and dust sources such as waste stockpiles and freshly remediated ground, thus creating both a physical and a highly-visible…

Use of a Crusher Bucket on Site

Published 12 October 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMinimised fuel use Plant and machinery Reduce

The Xcentric crusher bucket was used on this project that enables material to be crushed on site where the deployment of a mobile crusher isn’t commercially viable. There were several advantages of using this product including: Can be attached to the arm of an excavator. Can be used for smaller quantities of concrete, brick and blocks. Produces a 6F2 or…


Published 12 October 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Reporting Workforce information Working methods

Holobuild is an application to create 360 digital versions of a site, photographs record site progress and there is the ability to compare different points in time with 3D modelling. Uses include prepare the works and review the progress, discussing site issues during meetings and improved communication. During lockdown using this allowed the team to keep working efficiently to review…

Ensuring Operatives Read Daily Hazard Board

Published 12 October 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Controls Hazard board Risk information Workforce information

Operatives are required to confirm that they have read the daily hazard board before going onto site, if not they are denied access. This system been developed to incorporate a check to ensure that the operatives are actually reading the daily hazard board. This has been achieved by linking the fingerprint recognition system to the field view system and incorporating…

Desk Cycle Pedals

Published 12 October 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Occupational health risks Stress Worker fatigue

Desk cycle pedals are provided to use whilst sat at a desk to encourage a more active lifestyle for the operatives. This avoids a sedentary work day with various health benefits including reducing the risk of Deep Vein thrombosis (DVT), releasing endorphins that boost operatives mood, digestion and brain function.

Culvert Detail allowing Fish to Swim Upstream

Published 12 October 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLandscaping Rivers/watercourses Wildlife

Amongst the many different types of obstructions that occur in watercourses, culverts represent the most difficult structures through which to allow upstream passage of migrating fish and eels.   Whereas natural waterfalls and weirs can be easily engineered with a sequence of open pools allowing fish to jump between the pools and swim upstream, culverts present a difficult design challenge due…

B-Eames Disc Cutter

Published 5 October 2020 | Written by Gary Gill
CategoriesInjuries Working methods

The B-Eames disc cutter has been implemented on this site. Using this product means there is no eye contact with the blade, better poster for occupational health, protection from debris. Following the laser line it is possible to cut 50 metres or more without marking the floor. There is also a battery powered water bottle that plugs in so no…

STEM Delivery using Activity Cards

Published 30 September 2020 | Written by Michael Little
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Schools

Due to the coronavirus led lockdown we were unable to deliver our existing plans to engage with local schools. In response, we developed simple activity cards aimed at Primary School children. Each activity is linked to job roles in the industry and STEM related enabling children to gain insight into the construction industry while linking to their curriculum. This resource…

Maternity PPE

Published 30 September 2020 | Written by Carol Edwards
CategoriesEquality Inclusion PPE

A survey of general industry in the UK which surveyed female employees found that in some cases, female workers were required to cut back on their normal site duties while pregnant because suitable PPE had not been available. The company introduced a range of high visibility maternity PPE specifically designed for expectant mothers which confirms to international health & safety…

Using Antimicrobial Proplex Sheeting

Published 21 September 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCleaning regime Medical conditions Occupational health risks

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Protec International have developed a brand new protective sheet which has had antimicrobial additives added to the blending process. Adding this process means that the sheet inhibits the growth of or destroys 99.99% of all harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi and moulds. It has been proven to be effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as…

Providing Reports for Colourblind Employees

Published 21 September 2020 | Written by Joanne Evison
CategoriesConsultation Inclusion Medical conditions

During National Inclusion Week an anonymous survey of the project staff, including sub-contractors was carried out to ascertain the quantity of colour blind staff. It transpired that 24%, of those who responded to the survey, were colour blind. The gene that is responsible for the condition is on the X chromosome and this is the reason why more men are…

Using Audible Signage to Share Site Safety Information

Published 7 September 2020 | Written by Bradley Lowes
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Daily briefing Initiatives Workforce information

Willmott Dixon have engaged with a local SME within 100m of the project to introduce static audible signage which, when activated by PIR sensor alert passers by of the site entrance, and the potential for moving vehicles within this zone. The alert is strategically placed before the entrance to ensure there is enough time for vulnerable road users and pedestrians…

NFC Tags Used For Sharing Careers and Community information

Published 7 September 2020 | Written by Bradley Lowes
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Promoting Scheme registration Public Scheme champion

The project team have recently adopted the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) ‘smart’ tags to share further information with the community in regards to works on site and career opportunities. NFC is a wireless technology which allows for the transfer of data such as text or numbers between two NFC enabled devices. NFC tags, (in this instance) are stickers…

K Guard

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesControls Identification of near misses Recording accidents Risk information Working methods

The K Guard handrail system consists of five components which made the link bar: external sleeve, internal sleeve, rat’s tail, captive bolt and captive nut. While temporarily removing the edge protection, the external sleeve section of the link bar (top handrail) became dislodged from its internal section and fell five floors below into the exclusion zone set up for these…