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English Lessons and Other Qualifications for Speakers of Other Languages

Published 16 August 2021 | Written by Wally Alvarez
CategoriesBenefits Cultural needs Disadvantaged groups Diversity Equality Illegal workers Language Differences Literacy training Modern slavery Numeracy training Training

This contractor have been working collaboratively with Lambeth College and London South Bank University (LSBU), to pilot a  programme which aims to upskill diverse members of their workforce who are foreign and often struggle with the English language, providing them with the opportunity to learn and feel more comfortable engaging with other people on site. This voluntary course will also…


Virtual Work Experience for Neurodiverse Students

Published 10 August 2021 | Written by Laura Regan
CategoriesCharities/organisations Disadvantaged groups Equality Schools

Working with The Courtyard, a school specialising in working with children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and/or communication needs, the contractor developed a six-week work experience specifically for neurodiverse students. This programme involved designing a welfare facility with coronavirus restrictions, using Matterport, DALUC and Google Sketch Up – this was based on a real-world problem for the project….


Story Sacks for Local Schools and Nurseries

Published 10 August 2021 | Written by Sophia Barnes
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Nurseries Schools

This contractor is running a story sack drive for local primary schools and nurseries in Lincolnshire. Story sacks consist of a sack containing a book and toys and games based upon the theme of the book. They are a resource which children can take home, read and enjoy with their family, before returning and swapping for another. The site manager…


Safety Footwear

Published 10 August 2021 | Written by Lucy Ward
CategoriesPPE

Following a near miss when a steel prop fell on to an operative’s boot missing the steel toe cap, which fortunately only led to bruising, the sites contractor decided to investigate alternative safety footwear that had mid-sole protection. The contractor has since introduced the STLFLX Metguardz Metatarsal and Lace Protector Boot for their operatives to wear. The footwear has increased…


Fall Protection Management System

Published 10 August 2021 | Written by Laura Regan
CategoriesBarriers Communicate initiatives Controls Falling debris Workforce information

Every element of edge protection on the site is assessed by the contractor when it is put in position. Once they have assessed and signed off that element of edge protection, this is logged on the Fall Protection Management System on Fieldview and provided a QR code. This system allows the area of edge protection to be allocated to a…


Community Safety Alarm

Published 10 August 2021 | Written by Lucy Ward
CategoriesBoundary security Child safety Pedestrian safety Safety signage Site security

At this project the river walkway is very open to the public so following the Sarah Everard abduction and murder, and the subsequent protests, they decided to introduce a community safety alarm system. They have put up two alarm buttons around the perimeter of the site and if the button is pressed it will set off an alarm in the…


Signol Application in the Construction Sector

Published 2 August 2021 | Written by Rafaele Santos
CategoriesEfficient energy use Efficient fuel use Management Travel plans

Signol is a software and proactive communication service that uses behavioural science to motivate and influence key decision-makers in transport operations to consistently implement sustainable best practices. Signol can generate measurable changes in behaviour by framing feedback with behaviourally informed nudges and incentives. This software uses the latest behavioural science to motivate and influence decision-makers in transport operations, not only…


Carbon Offsetting Incentives

Published 2 August 2021 | Written by Matthew Hugo
CategoriesCarbon management Planting Reporting and offsetting

This contractor is trying to create a more environmentally and carbon aware workforce through a number of different schemes. Seminars are a good way to do this however, they have found the best way is through incentives. By incentivising carbon offsetting through their employee of the month programme, they are creating a culture that is more aware of the carbon…


Effective Workforce Development through Mentoring using Cloud Technology

Published 19 July 2021 | Written by Chris Dransfield
CategoriesMentoring Training

This contractor in partnership with Australian based company Mentorloop, have rolled out an approach to improve mentoring support across the project. The cloud-based system uses specialised algorithms to provide the best possible matches across the team, creating matches which otherwise may not have been obvious. It can be accessed from anywhere and provides updates and alerts to both mentors and…


Tool Tethering Learning Hub

Published 12 July 2021 | Written by Jordan Perrin
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Controls Falling debris Workforce information Working methods

On this project they have come up with the idea of a Tool Tethering Learning Hub to help their operatives with understanding the importance of tool tethering to prevent injuries and near misses from occurring. Something they we stand by is ‘Nothing touches the floor’. This is very important as the site is a high rise frame with many of…


Lateral Transport Unit

Published 12 July 2021 | Written by Olivia Hack
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods

Due to the complex nature of manoeuvring heavy, pre-cast soffit slabs in a site with many logistical constraints and challenges, the project engineers researched into what they could use to facilitate the movement of the slabs, whilst also reducing the associated health and safety risks. The slabs are required to be moved between different levels and different columns which, is…


Improving Health and Safety Outcomes through Better Buildability

Published 12 July 2021 | Written by Alistair Guthrie
CategoriesCampaigns Communicate initiatives Management Workforce consultation Workforce information

As part of the contractor’s drive to improve health and safety outcomes the project team were asked to consider how better buildability could help contribute to this drive. The project prepared a paper titled ‘Improving Health & Safety Outcomes through Better Buildability’ and this has been taken into the wider business as best practice. A presentation was prepared alongside the…


Drone Mounted GPR Surveys

Published 12 July 2021 | Written by Jasvir Sandhu
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods

This contractor mounted a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) onto a drone to remove the constraint of having suitable ground conditions for a trolley mounted device as well as reducing the risk of a slip, trip or fall for the operatives. This development allows a GPR survey to be undertaken without the need to set foot on the ground. The sensor…


Teacher Information Packs

Published 5 July 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Community liaison Schools

Schools and colleges have been impacted massively during the pandemic. They are increasingly worried about the creation of a generation of ‘lost’ students with no sense of aspiration or employment. On this project they were asked to support the Foundations client group and wider education communities suffering due to the global pandemic. After discussing the issues with the local college…


Promoting Oral Hygiene to the Workforce

Published 5 July 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice

The company strive to provide ways for their employees and subcontractors to be both happier and healthier and it is seen that there are benefits of good oral hygiene. The mouth serves as a vantage point for detecting early symptoms of systemic diseases. Systemic diseases such as diabetes, often start to become apparent as a mouth lesion or other dental…