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Illegal Worker Checks

Published 1 June 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesIllegal workers Spot checks

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…


Wing mirror hoods to prevent unauthorised reversing

Published 27 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesTraffic management Vehicle enhancements

The safety of all personnel on site must be ensured at all times. Safety systems are essential to preventing accidents and securing the wellbeing of the workforce and visitors. This is particularly the case for vehicles operating on busy sites, which must be cautious of pedestrians and other vehicles. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Attached wing…


Synchronising Traffic Systems

Published 27 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLighting Timings Traffic management Traffic management arrangements Traffic marshal

Works taking place on busy highways must ensure the safety of the roads where construction is taking place. Roadworks can cause disruption to drivers and lead to confusion which makes the roads less safe. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Busy roads with multiple junctions already have traffic lights which follow a set pattern. However, when contractors…


Controlled access in working areas

Published 27 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Protected and controlled access Safety signage

On a busy construction site with multiple working areas, access needs to be strictly controlled. Clear identification of working areas is essential to keep everyone safe and prevent accidents caused by people entering restricted areas unauthorised. See the example below for how one site addressed this: Enacted colour coding of doors in the large internal welfare/administrative areas to easily identify…


Microbiological spray to disperse oil spills

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

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…


Bespoke lifting clamp for skew stones

Published 14 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWorking methods

Construction sites must ensure the safety of all workers. This is particularly important when heavy materials have to be moved. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The project involved removing skew stones from a listed building and re-bedding them on a new DPC with dowel fixings. The stones vary in size and have a 45-degree angled…


Project app for recording incidents

Published 10 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealth screening Identification of near misses Incident procedures Programming Recording accidents Workforce information

It is essential that all safety incidents are recorded on site, including accidents and near misses, to ensure they are properly addressed and measures are taken to prevent their re-occurrence. Sites are increasingly seeking to make this process quicker and easier for everyone involved by simplifying the process to encourage greater vigilance against safety incidents. See the examples below for…


Mobile Concrete Washout Facility

Published 20 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRe-use

Construction sites must be mindful of their impact on the environment and make all necessary attempts to minimise pollution. Projects involving concrete laying particularly need to ensure tools are thoroughly cleaned. Concrete wash out and silt filter systems are widely available, but this site required a more mobile facility which could be dismantled, relocated and reassembled. They also found that…


Tarmacking hotbox attachment

Published 17 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency procedures Roads Vehicle enhancements

Laying tarmac on roads can be a long, difficult and costly process. Traditionally, tarmacking gangs have to use gas burners in the vehicle to soften the tarmac to make it workable for use on site. Getting to site entails driving through traffic with the gas burners on, which poses a safety risk for all on the road. The current system…


Blue light exclusion zone initiative

Published 17 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Lighting Mobile machinery Scheme vehicle stickers Vehicle enhancements

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….


Non-intrusive cable and tank extraction

Published 14 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSpill control

Construction projects often involve removing decommissioned underground cables and tanks. This process can be time-consuming, dangerous and potentially cause spills and other harm to the environment. See the examples below for how this company devised a solution: Company developed NICE (Non-Intrusive Cable Extraction) equipment to remove underground decommissioned fluid-filled cables without the need for opening trenches. NICE withdraws oil cooled…


Housing Developer Site Sign Board

Published 14 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBranding Communication First Impressions campaign Initial impressions Signage

The exterior appearance of a construction site not only represents the project itself, but the entire industry. It is important that sites display important information outside their sites to help promote a positive image of the industry. See the examples below for how one house developer promoted the site, company and industry: The team was tasked with creating a site…


Soft footing on plant outriggers

Published 13 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFootpaths and diversions Post-completion impact Sensitivity to neighbours Surrounding roads/pavements

Plant outrigger equipment can cause significant damage to road and pavement surfaces. This not only inconveniences neighbours, but the uneven surface can create a safety hazard. Sites should aim to keep these considerations in mind when working in residential areas. See the examples below for how one site on a housing estate resolved this problem: The site trialled a new…


In case of emergency app

Published 13 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDefibrillators Emergency procedures Programming Reporting Visible first aiders

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 Sensitivity to neighbours

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…