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Visual Fire Point Fitted Inside Telehandler Cab

Published 11 April 2018 | Written by Barney Sparrow
CategoriesDrills Emergency procedures

Following a fire drill held at Ramsgate fire station, it become apparent that the telehandler operator, Colin, could not clearly hear the audible sirens and continued to work until a Morgan Sindall fire marshall made him aware. Upon investigation, Colin at the point of the fire drill had his heaters on full power within the cab, which along with the…


Biosecurity preventing the introduction of invasive species to site

Published 5 February 2018 | Written by Jerome O'Sullivan
CategoriesAwareness Post-completion impact Specialist input Supply chain Wildlife

Following pre-construction meetings with Inland Fisheries Ireland and National Parks & Wildlife Service, Roadbridge decided to produce a site Biosecurity Plan to help prevent the unintentional introduction of aggressive aquatic and terrestrial invasive species to the site. Roadbridge sought advice from INVAS Biosecurity, a specialist consultancy with an expertise in the control & eradication of non-native invasives. INVAS advised that…


Mini Toilet for Crane Drivers

Published 3 February 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesToilets

The workforce should be made to feel valued, and a key way of ensuring this is providing adequate welfare facilities. Accommodating for all operatives is important when considering site welfare. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site provides crane drivers with mini toilets which allows them a more dignified way to urinate if they do…


Hybrid power generation and storage unit

Published 2 February 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon offsetting

Protecting the environment should be a key concern for considerate constructors. This includes seeking to minimise the project’s carbon footprint and reduce pollution. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The project has deployed a ‘Solatrainer’ – one of only two in use on Network Rail projects across the country. This high-capacity hybrid power generation and storage…


Operative ‘Happiness Score’

Published 2 February 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesConsultation Management attitudes Personal development

A happy workforce is a productive workforce, and it is important for contractors to be mindful of their employees’ overall wellbeing. After putting measures in place to encourage wellbeing, it can be difficult to measure happiness to see if the measures are working. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site trialled a new Operative Feedback…


Sling Safe system for vehicle loading and unloading

Published 2 February 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesVehicle enhancements Working methods

It is important to identify safety hazards and put systems in place to reduce the risk to operatives. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The contractor introduced the Sling Safe system to site – this is a piece of plant which has been designed specifically for vehicle loading and unloading operations. Many accidents occur during loading/offloading,…


Animated Safety Bulletins

Published 2 February 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Identification of near misses Workforce information

It is vital that safety messages are communicated in a clear and accessible manner to ensure they are understood. Sites should be thinking of ways to engage their workforce with safety bulletins to enhance understanding. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: Animations were created to visually show a safety incident and what should have been done…


Verbal safety messages at site entrance turnstile

Published 16 January 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Attitudes Behaviour Communicate initiatives Incentives

Safety messages need to be communicated clearly and effectively on site to prevent incidents and accidents. Verbal reminders can be a powerful way of reinforcing these messages and making people think about their safety. See the examples below for how one site addressed this while also working with the local community: The site installed a turnstile at the site entrance programmed…


Tufcoat Weatherproof Wrapping

Published 16 January 2018 | Written by Darren Peck
CategoriesReduce Training

The Mace team at Project 696 have introduced weatherproof scaffold wrapping to better protect the building from adverse weather and provide improved environmental containment against dust and debris generated on site. Mace engaged manufacturer and installer Tufcoat to work up a strategy to ‘wrap’ the building with sheeting to create a protective ‘cocoon’. This has allowed a significant proportion of…


Pink Prop system to infill openings in floor slabs

Published 16 January 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFootpaths and diversions Working methods

Contractors should always be seeking new working methods to ensure operative safety on site. This can involve devising new and innovative ways of conducting familiar tasks. Read how one site achieved this: The site team developed a bespoke propriety safety propping system which enables a quick and efficient means of safety protection to a floor slab opening. The ‘Pink Prop’…


Bespoke Online Task Management System

Published 16 January 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSupply chain Supply chain Trade contractors

Contractors should always be seeking ways to drive efficiency in their workplaces. Organisation and pre-planning are key to the successful delivery of a project and companies should try to embed this throughout the project. Read how one site achieved this: In partnership with Dome Connect, the contractor created a bespoke online task management system called Gravity Task Manager. This password…


Readiband Technology for Fatigue

Published 9 January 2018 | Written by Natalie Swan
CategoriesHealth screening Worker fatigue

The health, safety and wellbeing of the BBMV workforce is of vital importance. BBMV at the Crossrail Whitechapel project worked in partnership with Fatigue Science Limited, as a part of a pilot to help enhance wellbeing in the workplace by looking at a sleep patterns in a sample of the workforce across all roles and shift patterns. The pilot combined…


‘Double Knock’ Fire Alarm Warning System

Published 2 January 2018 | Written by Ushna Mughal
CategoriesEmergency procedures First Aid

Mace’s Greenwich Peninsula Upper Riverside team has developed a fire alarm scheme in conjunction with WES Wireless Fire Alarm Systems. The new fire alarm system includes a double knock two stage alert system which gives Mace site managers a 10 minutes warning before activating the site wide alarm. This allows the management team to investigate the cause of the fire…