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Environmentally Friendly Concrete Washout

Published 20 April 2021 | Written by Sally Kinchin
CategoriesSpill control Storage of hazardous materials Working methods and equipment

A specially designed wash out skip was used in conjunction with concrete pump operations. The pan is designed to fit underneath the rear hopper, allowing the pump to wash out without spillage and the associated environmental risk. The Eco-Pan provider carry out a concrete collection service, so if there is no intended use for any excess concrete, it can be…


WaveWalker

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlant and machinery Working methods and equipment

The WaveWalker is a modified jack up barge, which is capable of manoeuvring under its own power and essentially walking along the seabed. This is the first time that a working platform of this kind has been used on the UK Rail network. The contractor have modified the WaveWalker to allow the piling works to be undertaken designing and installing…


Use of Drone Mounted Camera and Thermal Imaging to Detect Skylark Nests

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAwareness Birds Wildlife

This project is situated on a large greenfield site with surrounding woodland and is an ideal site for ground nesting birds. There is a need to locate and protect these nest sites and provide advice to the construction team. One of the contributing factors that influenced decisions to find alternate methods to ecological surveying and mitigation was the onset of…


Special Needs Local School Catering for the Site

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBusinesses Community liaison Labour Schools

The contractor were keen to make links to the local surrounding schools and charitable organisations and were pointed in the direction of a recently constructed Additional Needs School. Upon the first visit it was clear the contractor could do great things there and having seen the school canteen that was run by the pupils a plan was put together to…


Services Avoidance and Surveying Equipment

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInspections Working methods

This contractor has put into use new services avoidance and surveying equipment the Leica DD 220. This is a class leading device with uniquely designed digital PCB aerials and on-board filters which can detect just a very small signal from a buried utility. It also has a built-in Geographic Information System (GIS) system which enables data capture which then becomes…


Precast Floor ‘U-Slab’

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOffsite construction Prefabrication Programming Working methods and equipment

An opportunity arose to demonstrate a bespoke integration of structure and MEP services during the development of this project. After a number of test  assemblies the project team settled on a method where the MEP module was married to the underside of a precast floor slab. Entitled the ‘U-Slab’ due to it’s shape, this method of construction has delivered numerous…


Pre Serviced Walls

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOffsite construction Prefabrication Programming Working methods and equipment

On this project they are using pre serviced walls across several of the floors. These are walls made of chipboard that are manufactured off site and have hockey sticks and sockets fixed into them. The walls fit into a wooden track that has been fixed into the floor and ceiling. The walls are self-supporting, meaning that when the track has…


Geopura Hydrogen Generator

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnergy from renewable sources Energy saving measures Sustainable solutions

The contractor are in discussion with Geopura to bring a new hydrogen generator to site to replace a diesel unit, thereby producing zero emissions. There are a limited number of these units in use and only a handful of sites have trialled them in the country. The hydrogen is delivered by tanker, and manufactured using a renewable energy source. To…


Collecting Real Time Information on Air Pollution

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Campaigns Goodwill work Monitoring and reporting

In conjunction with Time to Breathe and the British Safety Council the contractor is collecting real time information about air pollution via a free mobile app called Canairy. It calculates a user’s hourly exposure to nitrogen oxide, ozone and tiny particulates (PM2.5 and PM10) and draws on King’s College London’s Nowcast map of current air pollution in London and compares…


Video RAMS and Inspection and Test Plans

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Controls RAMS review Training Workforce information

The industry have moved on from traditional paper RAMS and Inspection & Test Plans (ITP) to photographic which has been widely received within the industry as ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. This contractor have been carrying out video RAMS/ITP’s on their project They also have a ‘Project Show Me Exercise’ for all activities on site which has traditionally…


Social Distancing Scanning Software

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControls Occupational health risks

This project has used Disperse’s building productivity management platform to help address coronavirus related challenges on site. They have used the software as a monitoring device and it has helped them recover up to ten weeks on the programme, return to 70% capacity in six weeks and with no reported outbreaks of coronavirus. The Disperse Social Distancing scan takes several…


Exoskeleton to Reduce Worker Fatigue

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Injuries Occupational health risks Worker fatigue

The site team have been using an exoskeleton suit which helps with fatigue when it comes to overhead working and transfers the strain from the operative’s neck and shoulders down to their hips. Musculoskeletal disorders are commonplace in construction and with the introduction of this item, it’s an issue that no longer needs to be considered a by-product of working…


Remotely Controlled Floor Screeding

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Plant and machinery Reduce Working methods and equipment

On this project floor screeding is being carried using a self-contained large lorry which is computer and remotely controlled to mix sand and cement in 45 seconds and then pumps the screed to the workplace. The lorry arrives on site preloaded with cement and sand. Whilst the vehicle returns to the depot to be filled with cement the sand can…


Protecting the Feet of the Workforce

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealth screening Injuries Medical conditions Occupational health risks

Acknowledging the amount of time that staff and operatives wear site safety boots the contractor has purchased ‘Footbeds’ which is a system for measuring individuals feet to check for pronation, gait and weight bearing or other foot disorders (similar to runners) leading to the manufacture of moulded insoles to insert in their boots and consequently reducing damage and increasing comfort….


Service Protection Coordinator

Published 15 February 2021 | Written by Hassan Soboh
CategoriesControls Medical conditions Supervision

As part of the contractors approach to avoiding service damages, they formally appoint members of their team to the role of Service Protection Coordinator (SPCO). Each appointment requires a minimum level of training, which includes an internal Service Protection Coordinators Course. The Service Protection Coordinator is formally appointed by the Divisional Director. An SPCO is individually appointed to every project…