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Bespoke Learning Packs for New Starters in a Small Company

Published 11 June 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Employed Personal development Training

New recruits to small construction companies often have limited formal training and little experience working with principal contractors. Considerate companies will be aware of this and put measures in place to support and educate new employees. See the examples below for how one company achieved this: The company recognised that some new recruits had little formal training in the industry…


Heavy Lifting Training and Awareness Event

Published 29 May 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Training

Manual labour puts a significant strain on your body and not using correct techniques leaves individuals at risk of significant injury. See the examples below for how one company addressed this topic among the workforce: As a subcontractor, the company organised an event to help improve people’s understanding of issues around lifting heavy weights. The company appointed a female Team…


‘Skyrak’ system on MEWPs

Published 23 April 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling debris Working methods

The safe transportation of materials is essential to securing the safety of all workers on site. This is particuarly important when working at height with Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The ‘Skyrak’ system was introduced as a mandatory requirement on all MEWPs. Traditionally, materials like pipework and lengths of materials were…


QR Codes to Translate Induction Information into 5 Languages

Published 27 March 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCultural needs Induction Language differences Site specific induction Site-specific induction

Sites should ensure that workers from all backgrounds have a sound understanding of site procedures. Translators are the most common method of achieving this, but some sites are seeking to further improve site knowledge for workers who are not comfortable with English. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: The site’s induction process is an interactive experience…


On-site rest stop for delivery drivers and driver fatigue brochure

Published 26 March 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBehaviour Driver information Showers Toilets Worker fatigue Workforce information

1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland can be attributed to driver fatigue. Sites should consider the wellbeing of all drivers connected to the site and ensure they are well-rested to minimise the risk of road accidents. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: In response to the realisation that on either side of the site motorway,…


Virtual reality construction sequence for workforce and public

Published 26 March 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPublic Websites Workforce consultation Workforce information Workforce involvement

Virtual reality is an emerging technology which has the potential to revolutionise on-site orientation and promotion of construction to the public. The use of cutting-edge technology will improve the image of the industry by showing that construction is at the forefront of innovation. See the examples below for how one site implemented virtual reality: The contractor developed what is believed…


HMP Elmley ‘Ready for The Gate’ programme to train young offenders in construction

Published 19 March 2018 | Written by Qianyi Wu
CategoriesCampaigns CSCS Disadvantaged groups Placements

The ‘Ready for The Gate’ programme run by Willmott Dixon Cobham LCO, offers young offenders the opportunity to gain their CSCS cards, while they’re still serving their sentence. From the Woodmansterne Secondary School site team, a number of Willmott Dixon personnel are directly involved. The feedback from charities, Re-offending and CXK, on the outcomes of delivered training up to August…


Mobile Office Working Station

Published 19 March 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesManagement Supervision

Appropriate supervision is essential to construction site safety. However, this can mean that supervisors need to split their time between their office work and on-site supervision. See the examples below for how one site resolved this issue: The site developed a mobile office working station for supervisors for 110 volt power supply use. The workstation incorporated a computer and print…


Providing ear defenders for hospital patients to minimise noise disruption

Published 19 March 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLocal and special needs Noise Sensitivity to neighbours

Noise from construction work can be very disruptive for members of the public. While the industry strives to minimise disturbance through regulated working hours, there are times when noise is unavoidable. See the examples below for how one hospital project minimised the noise impact of works: Some of the children were to ill too be moved to a different bed…


Training a ‘Dementia Champion’ to ensure a Dementia Friendly Site

Published 19 March 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFacilities for visitors Induction and training Local and special needs Sensitivity to neighbours

Construction works can be disruptive for the local community, especially for vulnerable people with particular needs. Sites should work to minimise disruption and liaise with vulnerable people in the community. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: The site is a major roadworks project through a town centre, heavily impacting the local community. It was identified that…


Urban Beach Programme for Inner-City Schools

Published 19 March 2018 | Written by Qianyi Wu
CategoriesAwareness Goodwill work Local groups Schools

Due to the temporary loss of access to the school’s ecological area, the  site team have developed an Urban Beach Programme to bring the coast to city pupils, raising their awareness of the coastal environment and the need to protect it. Woodmansterne School is the pilot for the Urban Beach Programme, and is partnered with the Marine Conservation Society, with…


History themed newsletter for the ex-service community

Published 5 March 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity notice board Notice board Residents

It is important for sites to demonstrate respect for their local communities and build connections with residents to help improve the image of the construction industry. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: The project involved building 68 new homes for the ex-service community, within an estate which is currently home to over 270 ex-service people and…


Project-specific app for residents and staff

Published 12 February 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAdvance notice of disruptive works Careers advice Facilities for visitors Updates Workforce

With the multitude of information related to construction work, it can be beneficial for the site team and the community if this information is collated in one place. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: Mulalley designed a web and mobile app to keep clients, customers, staff and operatives informed and up-to-date with relevant information. The app…