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Exclusion Zone Warning System

Published 27 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBarriers Boundary security Protected and controlled access Safety signage Workforce information

The BAM Construction, Plant and H&S teams recognised there was an issue around exclusion zones on site. Exclusion zones and restricted zones are commonly used in the construction industry to keep people away from high risk activities including falling objects or moving plant and machinery. Typically, these zones are denoted by pedestrian barriers with statutory signage fixed on the barriers….


New form of procurement used for Derby Silk Mill project

Published 20 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesClients Cooperation Management review Suppliers Trade contractors

Speller Metcalfe has been contracted by Derby Museums to redevelop the facilities at Derby Silk Mill, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in order to open the whole museum to the public for the first time in 50 years. The scheme is the second in the UK to be delivered using the innovative Integrated Project Insurance procurement approach, following Speller Metcalfe’s…


Going the Extra Mile for a Local Resident

Published 20 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Residents

During a community drop-in session for their Scape Burnshot Bridge project, Balfour Beatty brought a 3D model of the bridge for residents to view through a VR headset. Unfortunately, a local blind resident was left disappointed as he thought it would be a physical model which he could have explored with his hands. The site team and client were really…


Broadband Reversing Alarms

Published 20 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesNoise Obstruction Sensitivity to neighbours

As a way to minimise disruption to neighbours, improve safety and to comply with the latest City of London Code of Practice, the 21 Moorfields project has specified that all delivery vehicles on the project should be fitted with broadband-only reversing alarms. Noise from broadband-only reversing alarms dissipates quickly at distance and thus reduces nuisance to neighbours. The frequency of…


Allowing Customers to Track Repairs Operatives

Published 20 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMinimised fuel use Reduce Travel plans

Wates are piloting a new tracking system that should improve the fuel efficiency of their repair service. The tracking system will allow customers to view their operative’s live estimated time of arrival. This will enable them to track the operatives approach on a real-time map. It also provides the customer with a link to the schedulers enabling them to cancel…


Conducting an Ethical Audit

Published 20 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDisadvantaged groups Illegal workers Modern slavery Supply chain

At Mace’s GPE Hanover Square project, a Turkish stone company were identified as a medium-high risk supplier based on their Sedex self-assessment questionnaire and inherent risk score. With the support of the Great Portland Estates client team, Mace instructed an independent consultant to carry out a Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) – to better understand the working conditions of their…


Agricultural Sprayer for Curing Concrete

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Working methods

During concrete placement activity, the site utilised an agricultural inspired “Crop” sprayer to evenly apply the curing compound. By using this, the site team successfully minimised working from height as previously operatives were required to work from bridges spanning 11m.


Walkie-Talkie Contact Boxes

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Initiatives Safety plan updated Workforce information Working methods

Following concerns raised about the tight site constraints, the site team has introduced “Walkie Talkie Boxes” – in which portable radios are kept at particularly tight points on site (e.g. crossing points) to enable site personnel to communicate directly with the machine operators and banksman. All radios are taken in for security and charging each night and returned to the…


Apprenticeship Link Up Event

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Schools

Nottingham City Council, the local Pythian Club and the site team held an innovative event to encourage young people to enter the construction industry. The “Apprenticeship Link Up” event was held on the 30th August on site. What made this event different from previous events was the aim to create an informal party atmosphere, which was achieved by having music…


Rebar Mechanical Tying Gun

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods

Bam Nuttall have implemented rebar mechanical tying guns to increase efficiency and significantly reduce repetitive strain injuries. The tying gun provides a solution to the physically demanding, monotonous and time-consuming work of manual tying. Tying rebar involves handling heavy materials, working in awkward positions, and repeating the same hand twisting motions over and over. All of this can lead to…


Using What3Words for Site Navigation

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Emergency procedures Initiatives Site security Workforce information

Clear directions to very specific locations across large construction sites can be challenging, particularly in emergency situations. The GBHP 17,000 square metre Royal Victoria Hospital Maternity construction project, located within a large hospital complex, is the first site in Northern Ireland to introduce the What3Words app as a means to improving communications and emergency responses to and across the whole construction project….


Custom-made, Laceless Construction Safety Boots

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by James Butt
CategoriesInjuries Occupational health risks PPE Weather protection

BMJV has developed two new custom construction safety boots for general ground workers (high ankle) and plant operators (low ankle), which aim to significantly reducing ankle-related injuries. The boots require no laces and instead use a BOA ratchet system (often found on snowboarding equipment), which provides ankle support while removing the reliance of personnel correctly tying traditional laces. They are…


bmJV ‘Spot On’ Cards

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by James Butt
CategoriesAttitudes Behaviour Benefits Recognition Reward

bmJV have developed, trialled and implemented a positive recognition and incentive tool, used to recognise ‘above and beyond’ behaviours (not limited to safety) called ‘Spot On’. The system uses scratch cards with every card being a winner with a chance of winning the following: Level 1 – £250 Level 2 – £100 Level 3 – £50 Level 4 – £10…


Quill Blasting

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Reduce Water saving measures Working methods

Within the confined space of the Thames Barrier flood gates, grit blasting was carried out to remove existing coatings to enable initial inspections to be undertaken. During the later inspections a decision was made to change from grit blasting to quill blasting. Quill blasting is a modern water, air and aggregate blasting system which uses up to 80% less water,…


Psychologist Group Sessions

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCounselling services Personal development Stress Trade contractors Training

At Ballymore’s Goodluck Hope project, a psychologist has been employed to design and deliver a bespoke programme which is specifically aimed at the workforce. Whilst confidential 1 to 1 sessions are offered, the main focus is a five week programme of interactive randomly-selected group sessions. The sessions are run like workshops, they are guided by the presenter but the group…