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Great Expectations Mural

Published 1 September 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Corporate Social Responsibility action plan Entrance First Impressions standards Initial impressions Legacy Public Residents Schools

The ‘Great Expectations’ mural celebrates the long history of service provided by the Royal Victoria Maternity Hospital, which delivers over 6000 babies each year, to the new construction build.  It was created through the collaborative effort of over 100 individuals from 15 different public, private, educational and community organisations. Uniquely, all the participants involved all had a connection to the hospital –…


Ice Warning Signs

Published 9 March 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Risk information Safety signage Workforce information

The project team have procured Ice Guardian temperature measurement and warning signs for use on their site. These signs display a prominent snowflake symbol and flash with LEDs when the temperature drops below 3 degrees Celsius. This indicates to those working on site that there is an increased risk of ice forming. Such a warning allows those on site to…


Prototype Pyrolysis Plant

Published 10 February 2020 | Written by Trish Schroeder
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Environmental policy promoted Implementation Re-use Recycle Sustainable solutions

This company has a policy to bring environmental/ecological benefit to the area and natural environment whenever appropriate. The Environment Agency have announced that they will be classifying all demolition wood arising from projects as “hazardous waste” with effect from July 2020, unless proven otherwise. The company know this will create a real problem for the demolition and construction industry, so…


Cartridge Tube Opening Device

Published 10 February 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFirst Aid Injuries Working methods

Traditionally cartridges are opened with a fixed blade knife. This presents a safety issue due to risk of the knife slipping. To resolve this, the site team are using a tool that is designed specifically to open a cartridge and trim the application nozzle. The tool has internal fixed blades that are guarded to protect the user from injury. The…


MEWP Real Time Safety System

Published 3 February 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Reporting Risk information Supervision Working methods

On Laing O’Rourke Infrastructure’s Blackburn Batch Project, there are 15 Mobile Elevating Work Platforms operational. To increase safety, the site team has designed a real time system for ensuring all safety checks are carried out. It monitors speed and idling time, and ensures only authorised operators are able to start a machine. If necessary, it can remotely switch off plant…


Remotely Monitoring Railway Lines

Published 3 February 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods

Balfour Beatty’s Hatfield Link Road Project involves the installation of a road bridge over a main railway line. Due to this, the site team were required to understand how their work could affect the rail’s stability and alignment/level. The methods that have previously been used are required to take place during pre-planned possessions/line blocks during night-shifts. Due to its time-consuming…


Exclusion Zone Warning System

Published 27 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBarriers Boundary security Protected and controlled access Safety signage Workforce information

The BAM Construction, Plant and H&S teams recognised there was an issue around exclusion zones on site. Exclusion zones and restricted zones are commonly used in the construction industry to keep people away from high risk activities including falling objects or moving plant and machinery. Typically, these zones are denoted by pedestrian barriers with statutory signage fixed on the barriers….


Going the Extra Mile for a Local Resident

Published 20 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Residents

During a community drop-in session for their Scape Burnshot Bridge project, Balfour Beatty brought a 3D model of the bridge for residents to view through a VR headset. Unfortunately, a local blind resident was left disappointed as he thought it would be a physical model which he could have explored with his hands. The site team and client were really…


Broadband Reversing Alarms

Published 20 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesNoise Obstruction Sensitivity to neighbours

As a way to minimise disruption to neighbours, improve safety and to comply with the latest City of London Code of Practice, the 21 Moorfields project has specified that all delivery vehicles on the project should be fitted with broadband-only reversing alarms. Noise from broadband-only reversing alarms dissipates quickly at distance and thus reduces nuisance to neighbours. The frequency of…


Allowing Customers to Track Repairs Operatives

Published 20 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMinimised fuel use Reduce Travel plans

Wates are piloting a new tracking system that should improve the fuel efficiency of their repair service. The tracking system will allow customers to view their operative’s live estimated time of arrival. This will enable them to track the operatives approach on a real-time map. It also provides the customer with a link to the schedulers enabling them to cancel…


Conducting an Ethical Audit

Published 20 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDisadvantaged groups Illegal workers Modern slavery Supply chain

At Mace’s GPE Hanover Square project, a Turkish stone company were identified as a medium-high risk supplier based on their Sedex self-assessment questionnaire and inherent risk score. With the support of the Great Portland Estates client team, Mace instructed an independent consultant to carry out a Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) – to better understand the working conditions of their…


Using What3Words for Site Navigation

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Emergency procedures Initiatives Site security Workforce information

Clear directions to very specific locations across large construction sites can be challenging, particularly in emergency situations. The GBHP 17,000 square metre Royal Victoria Hospital Maternity construction project, located within a large hospital complex, is the first site in Northern Ireland to introduce the What3Words app as a means to improving communications and emergency responses to and across the whole construction project….


Custom Laceless Construction Safety Boots

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by James Butt
CategoriesInjuries Occupational health risks PPE Weather protection

BMJV has developed two new custom construction safety boots for general ground workers (high ankle) and plant operators (low ankle), which aim to significantly reducing ankle-related injuries. The boots require no laces and instead use a BOA ratchet system (often found on snowboarding equipment), which provides ankle support while removing the reliance of personnel correctly tying traditional laces. They are…


Quill Blasting

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Reduce Water saving measures Working methods

Within the confined space of the Thames Barrier flood gates, grit blasting was carried out to remove existing coatings to enable initial inspections to be undertaken. During the later inspections a decision was made to change from grit blasting to quill blasting. Quill blasting is a modern water, air and aggregate blasting system which uses up to 80% less water,…


Psychologist Group Sessions

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCounselling services Personal development Stress Trade contractors Training

At Ballymore’s Goodluck Hope project, a psychologist has been employed to design and deliver a bespoke programme which is specifically aimed at the workforce. Whilst confidential 1 to 1 sessions are offered, the main focus is a five week programme of interactive randomly-selected group sessions. The sessions are run like workshops, they are guided by the presenter but the group…