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Health and Wellbeing – Thirsti Puck

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by Michael Coyle
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Worker fatigue

Here at Signature Barnet we have been trailing a new initiative amongst the site team to monitor and increase hydration using the ‘Thirsti Puck’ throughout 2020. The Puck is designed to improve hydration, helps to regulate blood pressure and digestion as well as preventing kidney damage as well as other performance health benefits. The device works alongside an app that…


Rebar Cages On-Site Prefabrication Jig

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by Patricia Sempere
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods

To achieve better production rates on the roof slab of the Kilo Substructure, Ferrovial Agroman developed a factory-like workstation by engaging a specialist designer to standardise the rebar detailing of over 1,200 cages, and predefined a template (jig) to form the base of the workstation. This process allows for mass, efficient fabrication. The project team trialled an A-Frame type scaffold…


An Improvement to Woodpole Construction

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by Amy Fraser
CategoriesFalling debris Initiatives Injuries Recording accidents Supply chain engagement Workforce consultation Working methods

In December 2019 there was a communication sent across Power T&D with regards to an incident that occurred during works undertaken by another Overhead Line contractor. During the construction of an H-Pole Structure, there was a requirement to lift the top end of the structure with an excavator approximately 200mm to allow bolts associated with the steel work to be…


Supporting Non-UK Workers

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCanteen Disadvantaged groups Management attitudes Minority groups Personal development Recreation Training

There is a quiet screened area within the canteen to facilitate the use of tablets freely available from the site by the workforce. Comprehensive information and support is displayed to assist non-UK workers applying for UK settlement.


Using Mannequins to Ensure Operatives Know the Correct PPE for Each Task

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives PPE Workforce information

The complexity of the various project activities creates the need to ensure an operative has a clear understanding of the correct PPE that should be worn for the task in hand. This has been enabled by the use of 5 fully manoeuvrable Mannequins. Operatives are challenged in a fun based hands-on induction to dress each of the mannequins to match…


Positive Lifting Steelwork Attachment to remove the risk of incorrect slinging

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Workforce consultation Working methods

Following a request for all subcontractors to produce a best practice proposal the steel work supplier put forward a Positive Lifting Steelwork Attachment proposal. This was a lifting ‘grommet’ installed at the calculated central point of gravity for each steel member. This ensures that the risk of incorrect slinging is removed, improving safety as well as saving time, increasing productivity…


Real-Time Point of Contact Mission Room

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControls Emergency procedures Initiatives Management Supervision Workforce information Working methods

The mission room system has been extended by including a real-time point of contact for each team of operatives and any individual workers on site. The radio units have a transponder which is observed on the mission screen so the site project manager has a real-time view of where each team or persons are. Solitary workers such as environmentalists, line…


Autism Friendly Road Signage

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPublic diversions Routes Traffic management arrangements

Workshops were held on site raising the awareness of autism, extending to the mental health first aiders. After communication with TfL, London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Speedy Hire, the Wardian site team implemented a structure that provides informational supplement in the form of road signage for upcoming road and pedestrian closures as these can have a negative impact on…


Robot used to fit glazed window units

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods

A site SHE audit revealed the need for special equipment to install the very heavy special insulating windows required for Best Practice Passivhaus construction. The site liaised with the subcontractor involved and in conjunction with a specialist specified an electric battery powered design ‘robot’ that was specially manufactured to hydraulically pick up the glazed window unit and place it in…


Bucket Dust Extractor Attachment

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Reduce

The site has trialled and is now using a bucket dust extractor attachment. This enables tradesmen to mix mortar, grouts, etc., in buckets safely and conveniently and has the following benefits: Eliminates dust from mixing mortar and grout in buckets Engineered from nylon, making it virtually indestructible Does not allow dust to escape the top of the bucket The device…


Noise Test Summary Board

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAdvance notice of disruptive works Investigation Monitoring Noise Notice board Sensitivity to neighbours

A clear noise test summary board was devised to communicate the permissible tools to be used at set times given the KPMG Headquarters had staff working on the 11th and 13th floor above and below the working floor. The board shows the type of activities which can be carried out and machinery which can be used at different times of…


Mova M8 Traffic Signal Control Strategy

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRoutes Timings Traffic management arrangements Utility works

On the A630 College Road Roundabout Junction in Rotherham, the latest MOVA M8 signal control technology has been specified to replace the existing control. This is the very latest traffic light system and is believed to be the first use in a temporary situation to manage traffic more efficiently during the roadworks. The main safety and user benefits are: MOVA…


Fulmax Booth Used to Engage the Workforce

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInduction Induction and training Pre-start information Updates Workforce

The use of a ‘Fulmax Booth’ has been introduced to promote and meaningfully engage the workforce on the benefits of ‘getting it right’ with the public and the key areas focused on by the Considerate Constructors Scheme. New operatives on their first day must participate in a VR pre-filmed walk  from the site welfare area on the south of the…


Reusable Flexible Cable Ties

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRe-use Reduce

To reduce single use plastic wastage PHP Building Services are using 300mm long flexible cable ties in place of the traditional nylon cable tie. Once a cable is locked in place by the flexible cable tie, the unused section of the tie can be cut off and used again. With a traditional nylon cable tie, the unused section (of the…


Reducing packaging of electrical components

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGreen purchasing Supply chain Sustainable source

The company are using on this project their supplier’s ‘Kitting Service’. Individual components, for example light fittings, or all the electrical components/fittings for a single room or area, are supplied in secure plastic pallets, with zero or minimal packaging. The pallets are collapsible and are returned to the supplier.