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Illegal Worker Checks

Published 1 June 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesModern slavery training Right to work checks Workforce vetting

Illegal working is one of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry. There is a great deal of confusion surrounding the process of checking a prospective employee’s right to work, but it is essential that sites are aware that the correct processes are in place. Even if the main contractor is not legally responsible for ensuring right to work, as…


Microbiological Spray to Disperse Oil Spills

Published 27 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSpill prevention

With the amount of pollutants on a construction site, there is significant potential for environmental damage. For instance, sites must be constantly vigilant against oil and hydrocarbon spills. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Used a new microbiological spray to disperse small oil spills. Phased out the use of Bioversal to use Polysorb BioMagic BM351, which is…


Blue light exclusion zone initiative

Published 17 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInspection and corrective action Pedestrian safety

On sites operating heavy duty machinery, it is essential that safety measures are in place to prevent accidents. Operatives should be made aware of dangerous equipment and clear safety signage should be in place. Even experienced operatives can be injured by moving plant due to a variety of factors, including complacency and lack of communication between operatives and plant drivers….


In Case of Emergency App

Published 13 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDefibrillators Emergency preparedness

A sound health and safety policy is essential on a construction site. As is having in place procedures in case of an emergency, so that injured people can receive medical attention promptly and effectively. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: The site used the GoodSAM (Good Smartphone Activated Medics) emergency app; When activated, the app calls…


Notifying residents of excavation work

Published 13 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAdvance notice of disruptive works Pre-start information

One of the common complaints against utility companies is that they have to excavate into recently improved surfaces. This particular project involved replacing 2km of gas pipeline along a main road, which often meant replacing connections in residents’ gardens and driveways. See the examples below for how the site worked with their neighbours to minimise inconvenience: The project team sent…


Offering the site office as a homeless shelter

Published 6 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSupport for local charities

Goodwill gestures to the local community go a long way towards improving the image of the construction industry. Getting involved with the community eases a site’s relationship with its neighbours and shows all the great things the construction industry can offer. Homelessness is one of the biggest problems facing the UK, and this site went the extra mile in its…