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Re-usable discs to mark utilities

Published 21 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSensitivity to neighbours Working methods

When conducting utilities works, contractors must be mindful of interfering with existing utilities and causing a safety hazard. These works can also often cause disruption to the local community, which sites should take measures to minimise. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The contractor has developed small circular discs which are colour coded to easily identify…


Building a community garden

Published 21 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Community liaison Goodwill Legacy

Sites which leave a positive and long-lasting legacy for their local community are making a great contribution to improving the image of the construction industry. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: A Community Fruit Garden has been created on wasteland in a prominent location near the metro station. This initiative has contributed to the site’s carbon…


Construction material environmental information sheets

Published 21 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnvironmental policy promoted Notice board Site environmental plan Workforce

Contractors should seek to promote environmental awareness among the workforce, to ensure that regulations and understood and implemented. See the examples below for the unique approach to this by one site: The site produced an informative set of information sheets giving environmental information about the key materials being used on the project. The materials covered include: roof tiles, timber frame,…


Site-specific graphics on tables

Published 7 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCanteen Inclusion Recognition

Ensuring the workforce feel valued helps create a positive and productive atmosphere on site. This can be achieved by recognising individual contributions to the project and engaging with the supply chain. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site had graphics applied to its meeting table and canteen tables promoting the company and the project. The…


BioDot survey to measure stress on-site

Published 7 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Recreation Rest Stress

Stress can lead to or be caused by mental health problems. Monitoring of stress and taking action to reduce stress can vastly improve someone’s mental health. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site conducted a BioDot survey of the workforce as part of Stress Awareness Week. BioDots are a small adhesive dot placed on a…


ES2 Inclined Travelling Formwork

Published 7 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWorking methods

To ensure the safety of all on site, efforts must be made to adapt working methods to suit each unique site and addressing the challenges each site brings. See the examples below for how one Crossrail site resolved a challenge: The temporary works solution for the secondary lining of the Eastern Ticket Hall escalator tunnel (ES2) at Farringdon Crossrail station…


Brush for cleaning hydromill cutter wheels

Published 7 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Working methods

It is important that site management respond to and action safety concerns raised by their workforce. The dangers of manual handling should always be considered and reduced where possible. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The Hydromill is used for the excavation of the D Wall panels. During this process ‘muck’ such as clay remains attached…


Tunnel plugs

Published 7 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDust Local and special needs Working methods

Projects based in busy areas such as train networks need to be mindful of the safety of those around the site, ensuring that travel is not disturbed by the works. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The contractor wanted to keep the London Underground services running throughout the weekend while they removed existing tunnel rings as…


Auralisation animation to reduce noise pollution

Published 7 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAdvance notice of disruptive works Noise Noise

One of the most common challenges facing construction sites is the impact of noise on the surrounding neighbourhood. Traditional hoarding offers little acoustic protection, so sites need to seek different methods of mitigating noise pollution. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: As the work needed to be conducted 24/7, the site proposed a 12m high acoustic…


Working with the National Citizen Service

Published 7 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Create opportunities

Contractors should work to establish links with the local community and youth groups to encourage young people to consider a career in construction. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: The site worked closely with the client’s project team to develop links with the National Citizen Service (NCS). The National Citizen Service is an initiative aimed at…


Walking piling gate

Published 7 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Rivers/watercourses Working methods

Exceptional sites are those that seek new and safer ways of completing their project, keeping in mind efficiency and time constraints. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site civil engineering team developed a ‘Walking Piling Gate’ for installing large diameter cylindrical piles over water through the dock. The development of this gate reduces the need…


Safety Sleeve

Published 7 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPersonal development Training Working methods

Contractors should be seeking new ways to enhance on-site safety, ensuring all their employees have the adequate equipment to protect them on-site. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: A company employee designed a ‘Safety Sleeve’ after suffering an arm injury when reaching into the void above the ceiling. The ceiling void is often full of metal…


Shaping Your World

Published 7 November 2017 | Written by Gavin Thomas
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Create opportunities

Generation Z (11-15 year olds) are heavy users of social media and need content to share on their accounts so to appeal to that, we’ve created the Avatar builder as a great way for them to quickly create fun and shareable content and start them thinking about the role they might play in the built environment. To create your avatar,…


Transforming woodland in the school ground

Published 24 October 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGoodwill Legacy Re-use Schools

Construction projects based in a school have a particularly good opportunity to engage with their local community and advance the efforts to improve the image of the industry. See the examples below for how one project achieved this: The site coordinated and worked with the school, subcontractors, suppliers and volunteers from the Woodland Trust. They built a timber learning area…


Simulating a trial to reinforce safety messages

Published 24 October 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAttitudes Behaviour Training

Safety policies should be reinforced and understood on site so that all personnel are aware of their importance. See the examples below for how one site took this a step further: To emphasise the importance of labelling live and dead electrical services properly, the site staged a mock incident. This involved selecting a time when an electrocution incident was deemed…