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Weekly Occupational Health Visits

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Occupational health risks

Whilst having weekly meetings with the clinical team through their theatre works, the Site Manager and site staff have engaged with the hospital occupational health team. The site has arranged for a weekly drop-in surgery to be held on site every Friday lunchtime.


Translation of the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCultural needs Diversity Inclusion Language differences Literacy training Scheme posters/banners Workforce

On this project, the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice has been translated into Romanian (the principal language spoken on this site), which has then been professionally displayed around the site.


Tag Line Weight

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWorking methods

A tag line weight, made using a tennis ball filled with silicone to prevent it swinging in the wind, is used on this project. This solution was devised by the operatives undertaking the work. Without the tennis ball fitted, the tag line blows in the wind and trying to grab hold of it is difficult. The tennis ball is also…


System to provide real time temperature and strength gain notifications in poured concrete

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSensitivity to neighbours

The site is using the ‘Converge System’ which, by means of wireless sensors embedded in poured concrete provides real time temperature and strength gain notifications. This enables sequential concrete pours to be carried out without waiting for lab results, accelerating the build process with all the attendant benefits to the community. To find out more click the link below.


Spraylat Protectapeel

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHousekeeping Tidiness

Protectapeel is a peelable protective coating, which is a liquid when applied, and then dries to form a tough protective film. VolkerFitzpatrick have utilised this to protect doors, surfaces and cladding from weathering and general wear and tear. It is a quick and effective method to protect finished works, and is an easily disposable, water based solution that does not…


SmartRock Concrete Sensors

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMinimised energy use Reduce Sustainable solutions

This project is utilising SmartRock wireless concrete sensors to monitor concrete maturity, curing time, temperatures and other data relevant to the pouring process. The information is transmitted to a mobile phone or tablet and provides real time status of the concrete lifecycle. Using this system eliminates the need for potential errors in break tests and the need for invasive testing…


Roof level handrail system

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBarriers Falling debris

The site team has developed a handrail system for the roof level. This utilises half style casts in channels and the permanent handrail uprights are fitted with a temporary connector to provide edge protection during the construction phase but without having to then fit permanent handrails with an exposed edge. The permanent uprights are resized to give protection during earlier…


Reinforced Velcro ties used to secure Heras fencing

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Sustainable solutions

The project team carried out an investigation into what items produced the highest amount of single-use plastic. Through this investigation it was identified that plastic cable ties used to hold scaffold guards and Heras fencing were one of the biggest issues. These have been replaced with reinforced and reusable fabric Velcro ties.


Reducing Concrete Waste and Manual Handling

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesImplementation Occupational health risks Plant and machinery Reduce Vehicle enhancements Worker fatigue

Specific forklift equipment/device has been used for concrete/mortar mixing as it reduces concrete/mortar waste. This is because it is mixed as needed and also reduces manual handling/transport efforts. A further suction device helps with heavy material handling (e.g. thick paving slabs), reducing risk of breakages and improving safety in handling heavy materials.


Rebar Storage Racks

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInjuries Occupational health risks Tidiness Worker fatigue Working methods

Many of the rebar storage racks currently available are static, heavy and do not lend themselves easily to flexible storage. The team on this site have designed simple ply rebar storage blocks to land and store reinforcement. The banding on the packs can be safely cut without the risk of bars rolling or falling causing injury. Also, the rebar is…


Minimising Services Strike

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Injuries Occupational health risks Utility works Working methods

The company has a target of zero ‘services strikes’, and accordingly have recently invested in the purchase of a small, trailer portable, remote controlled ‘Air-Vac’ machine, which uses an air lance and hoover extraction to expose underground utilities – this negates the requirement for hand digging and increases safety by removing Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) risk. To find out…


Lunch bag for operatives

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Worker fatigue

The site team has recognised the number of people living in poverty, despite being in work is on the rise and therefore they may not be able to afford lunch. The site has provided lunch bags for any operative that finds themselves without lunch either because they have forgotten it or do not have the money to buy lunch. The…


Improved Gulley Guards

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesImprovement Spill control

Willmott Dixon Construction have been looking for a better environmental solution to prevent silt and sediment entering drainage systems. Common issues with the ‘Witches Hat’ type gulley sock are that they are held in place by nipping the fabric at four points at the grate, however on hinged grates only two securing points can be achieved which allows sediment to…


Fabric extraction system

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMinimised energy use Reduce

A fabric extraction system replaced more typical pumping techniques thus ensuring that large volumes of water are not extracted causing potentially greater contamination. The system also has a low carbon footprint, low power requirements and can be quickly deployed and moved to other boreholes. To find out more, click download below.


Competency Helmet Stickers

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReporting Supervision Training Workforce information

Richards Builders’ has put in place a policy of continuous professional development and responsibility. Each competency course successfully passed is recorded in an employee’s personal record and a small colour coded helmet sticker is issued. For example, Asbestos Aware is represented by an ‘a’ on a yellow background. The company’s risk assessment forms feature the same colour coding system. Therefore,…