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Using Sensors to Detect Injury Risks

Published 14 February 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInjuries MIU Occupational health risks

Undertaking labour-intensive work without proper health and safety precautions poses a grave risk to the worker. Particularly in construction, where workers handle heavy objects and do repetitive tasks, employees could develop musculoskeletal problems. In this case, the project involved laying Pavement Quality Concrete (PQC), a heavy-duty surface for roads and runways. The examples below show how one site addressed the…


Floor Mounted Fire Exit Poster

Published 14 February 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency procedures Escape routes Safety signage

On a construction site, safety is of paramount importance. It is vital that in case of emergency, such as a fire, all employees are aware of the safety procedures. Some large sites with multiple floors and staircases have struggled to clearly display fire exit signage because of the need to remove signs when wall surfaces are being worked on. The examples…


Fatigue Wristband for Tunnelling Workforce

Published 2 February 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesConsultants Occupational health risks Worker fatigue

Worker fatigue poses a potential health and safety hazard, and can be detrimental to the overall health of the workforce. Fatigue can have similar effects to alcohol, slowing down reaction time, causing lapses in judgement, and impairing cognitive ability. This danger is particularly relevant to projects which involve tunnelling, as the long shifts and rotating day and night shifts put workers at greater…


Using Minecraft to Design a Hotel

Published 2 February 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSchools

Construction sites are increasingly getting involved with their community, and such activities go a long way towards improving the image of the industry as a whole. Many sites choose to conduct outreach events with local schools, as this has the added benefit of promoting construction as a career path for bright young people. These school connections can take a variety of…


Ensuring Ethical Sourcing

Published 2 February 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSupply chain Sustainable source

For the construction industry to thrive, it needs to adapt to changing demands and circumstances. Among the most critical is the need for sites to ensure that they are mindful of their impact on the environment. By doing so, the industry appears more considerate of environmental issues, thus improving the image of the whole industry. A key way that sites can…


Subcontractor Special Requirements

Published 12 January 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCultural needs Religious considerations Smoking and vaping Supply chain Vaping

It is important for the principal and subcontractor to establish an efficient and considerate working relationship to ensure the wellbeing of the workforce. The example below shows how one site achieved this: Prior to commencement of works on site, the main contractor sent a questionnaire (template found below) to the subcontractor to ascertain if there were any special requirements for…


Right to Work Checks on Site

Published 12 January 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesIllegal workers Modern slavery

It is crucial that each and every site ensures their workforce is legitimate, as illegal workers pose a grave risk to the construction industry as a whole. Not only can the presence of illegal workers pose a health and safety risk on site, but employing workers who are not eligible to work in the UK carries hefty penalties. The example…