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Checking for Illegal Workers

Published 8 January 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesIllegal workers Spot checks Supply chain Training Workforce

At the Dudley House site, Willmott Dixon has implemented new training on the issue of Modern Slavery. This is to ensure that the supply chain carries out the necessary checks to ensure that all areas of the supply chain have the legal ‘ok’ to be working on site. Willmott Dixon used Ppac to carry out authentication checks on behalf of…

Don’t Let it Fall, Paul!

Published 8 January 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAttitudes Behaviour Campaigns Communicate initiatives Workforce information

At the Derby Market Hall site, Wates have launched a new safety campaign to remind operatives to keep their tools safe at height. The campaign includes the production and use of a floor mat at site entry points indicating the risk of tools not tethered. The picture on the floor mat is of a 14 storey building site, looking down,…

Cancer Awareness Course

Published 8 January 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealth screening Healthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Supply chain Training

The site has appointed a ‘Cancer Champion’, David Armstrong, who is a cancer survivor. David recognised that construction is still a male dominated industry, and believes that men are reluctant to seek medical attention until it is often late. At the National Horizons Centre, Wates launched an on site Cancer Awareness Course, a course which Wates will soon be introducing…

Wall of Fame and Social Media

Published 8 January 2019 | Written by James Smith
CategoriesCharities/organisations Communication Community liaison Social media

We have been working on a Wall of Fame, located on our prominent West elevation facing the Leeds Merrion Shopping Centre. Yorkshire legends have been put up on the wall, to select a name we have generated voting polls via LinkedIn and show the results on that social media platform and Instagram. Some of our posts have received over 9,000…

Professional Careers in Construction Webinar

Published 8 January 2019 | Written by Amanda Swoboda
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Schools

Kier Construction hosted a live Webinar session which was available to all schools across Wales. Aimed at pupils in Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form, the session looked at: Professional job roles in the construction industry including Operations Director, Site Manager, Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Estimator and Community Benefits Manager. Importance of work experience. Routes into professional construction including traineeships, apprenticeships,…

Concrete Washout

Published 8 January 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesImprovement Sustainable solutions Water saving measures

The washout was required to address the concerns of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) regarding the potential harm associated with the release of highly alkaline (high pH) waters into the environment during concreting and grouting. The concrete washout was required to capture and treat wash water generated from the washing of truck mixer chutes on concrete delivering lorries. The…


Published 8 January 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Goodwill Schools

Kier has developed a game called ‘Kieropoly’ in efforts to demolish common misconceptions of construction and to build understanding through a combination of fun, myth-busting questions along with technical construction questions. The students’ knowledge of construction is tested as they battle against each other as they answer questions and respond to scenarios and true and false quizzes that are unique…

Environment Detector Measures

Published 8 January 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesImprovement Monitoring

In other confined spaces environment detector tubes, VOC units, Personal Atmospheric Gas Monitors and similar equipment are generally used to measure atmospheres. However, most of the equipment only operates background monitoring, real time and alarm if anything is present. Northern Gas Networks have set a precedent in terms of the detail, content and wide range of testing that is undertaken…

Black Hat Training Programme

Published 8 January 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Supervision Training

The Black Hat Training Programme is a Kier company-wide initiative. The aim of the Black Hat Training Programme is to provide you with the knowledge of the Kier mandatory requirements for supervisors working on Kier construction sites, ensuring you have ownership and responsibility for the individuals you put to work with the overall goal of delivering our projects safely, on…

Reducing Concrete Waste

Published 10 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRe-use Sustainable solutions

At Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm, there is an approximate total of 17,500 cubic metres of concrete being used for the Wind Turbine Foundations, which would lead to some left over concrete from ‘make-up loads’ or rejected loads. Therefore, instead of the left over concrete going to waste each day, we have adopted a method of utilising waste and the left…

Integrated Hoist Run Off System

Published 10 December 2018 | Written by Patrick Smith
CategoriesInjuries Scaffold protection Working methods

The hoist gate system means the gap in edge protection is never present. This produces a fully enclosed hoist ramp system with no space to get limbs or material caught between the hoist and the building during operation and ensures no materials can drop out. It also reduces scaffold installation at the edge of the building, keeping work to one…

Operative Recognition Scheme

Published 10 December 2018 | Written by Elaine Glover
CategoriesRecognition Recreation Reward Supply chain

The site team have launched a new operative recognition initiative which incorporates measures to seek improvements in all sections of the code. Each month, points are awarded to operatives and subcontractors for car sharing, submission of safety observations and good ideas, daily number of steps completed, completion of Considerate Constructors Scheme e-learning courses, participation in local community engagement activities, outstanding…

Long Reach Excavator

Published 10 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Working methods

VHE Construction used a long reach excavator to place soils within the gasholder to form the ramp down from high level to the dumpling, so we could access the lower levels with the large earthworks plant to complete the infilling of the gasholder. In order to compact the soils into the ramp, we lowered a remote controlled Rammax roller into…

Careers Fair and Site Visit for Disadvantaged People

Published 10 December 2018 | Written by Vicki Johnston
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Create opportunities

The Graham Farrans Joint Venture (GFJV) attended a Careers Fair inside a local prison with over 168 inmates who are getting released over the next year. The team collected CVs and gave positive and inspiring advice on the skills required to obtain jobs in the construction sector. Recent statistics have shown that with employment, re-offending can be reduced by 30%….

Turning ‘Waste’ into Toys for Pre-School and Special Needs Children

Published 4 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Nurseries Re-use

One particularly successful, yet simple, initiative to turn waste into educational tools involved using old PPE, product samples from the site and things found around the site office to create Bespoke Busy Boards for toddlers. Busy Boards are designed with the ‘Montessori’ learning style in mind; kinaesthetic learning through using your hands and senses to figure out processes. Focusing on…