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Flexible Crane Exclusion Zones

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Boundary security Controls Driver information Protected and controlled access Supervision Vehicle enhancements Workforce information Working methods

The standard anti-collision system allows for exclusion zones to be set up by a controller at the base of the crane. These zones are set as ‘permanent’ unless changed by the supplier (SMIE) technician, with the operator only being able to turn the zone off to enable engaging free-slew when the crane is not operating. The issue with this standard…


Tethering Items for Working at Height

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling debris Initiatives Supervision Supplier engagement Working methods

The site are using nut sockets which can easily have a lanyard attached so that they can be tethered to an operative. A nut which needs to be fixed is then placed in the socket and a small screw holds it in place. The first few turns of the nut on the thread secure the nut after which the socket…


Harmful Noise Reducing Ear Defenders

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks PPE Worker fatigue

The site manager has discussed introducing electronic ear defenders which amplify ambient sounds to enhance the wearer’s awareness of their environment whilst providing hearing protection for sounds that are above 82 decibels. These have the benefit over traditional ear defenders or plugs given that noise is not entirely eliminated below this level. This allows the wearer to communicate with their…


Sludge Removing Robot

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue

The site works consist of the demolition of a non-operational gas holder. Rather than using an operative to remove the sludge from within the holder, the site team are using a robodozer. This is a remote controlled bulldozer that is small enough to fit into confined spaces but has the capacity for carrying out waste removal work. This significantly cuts…


Chatty Cards

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCounselling services Mental health Stress Worker fatigue

Chatty Cards are a stand-alone development from Sir Robert McAlpine’s Chatty Café initiative. They are cards with feelings and phrases printed on them which can enable an individual to find the words to express how they feel. This can also allow for a private conversation in a crowded workplace. The cards are now available commercially as an independent initiative derived…


Instaboom GS6 Overhead Barrier

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by John Quarless
CategoriesAccess/egress Barriers Boundary security Protected and controlled access Roads Site security Traffic management

This mobile barrier is a solar powered solution to overhead protection. It is a first in the industry and there is currently nothing similar on the market. Currently, the industry relies on signs, goalposts and blue cones. A system that stops a vehicle that is too high from passing through was needed and the Instaboom GSX barrier does this through a…


Increasing Safety with Brick Jackets

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHousekeeping Safety signage Scaffold protection Tidiness

The company uses proprietary “brick jackets”, branded with the company logo, to protect bricks from the frost and the rain. The jackets also keep the bricks in neat stacks and prevent them from being accidentally knocked over and spilling onto the scaffold, where they become a trip hazard. The jackets are manufactured in bright colours, so are clearly visible to…


Redevelopment of a Community Area

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBranding Communication Community liaison Enclosures First Impressions campaign Goodwill Scheme posters/banners Signage

Part of the redevelopment of Fosse Park, the Fosse Park Community Area started life as a conceptual idea that an area could be provided for the local community to view the project from a position of safety on a platform overlooking the site. Since the original concept, this has now developed into a much more practical opportunity to engage the…


Improved Workwear

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesConsultation Drying Feedback Laundry

Research shows that creating a positive work culture can do wonders for productivity. If you establish a work culture that employees are excited to be part of, they’ll be happier with their jobs. Happier employees are more likely to exceed expectations! Crofton Interiors adopts this ethos in all areas of the business, therefore changing the workwear to suit the needs…


Promoting the benefits of Earthing/ Grounding across the Business

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Mental health Recreation Rest Stress

With the Managing Director growing up in New Zealand, he is keen to share his cultural experiences with all the workforce, Grounding or Earthing is something that he recommends and recently after further research the company decided to promote this across the business. Earthing or Grounding is where you put your body in direct and uninterrupted contact with the earth….


Riser Protection through utilisation of RiserSafe® system

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by Tom Webster
CategoriesBarriers Falling debris Working methods

Falls from height continue to be one of the biggest killers in construction. To minimise the risk of working at height in risers, the One Crown Place team have gone beyond internal and external recommendations in riser safety, challenging standard practice by designing out this key risk on the project by implementing the RiserSafe ® system. RiserSafe®, developed by a…


Plastics Scorecard

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by Lynne Potter
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Reduce Report to company level

At Mace, we launched our ‘Time To Act’ campaign on plastics in 2018. We have companywide focuses for elimination, reduction, trialling alternatives, and sharing our successes with our other projects to replicate. As part of our construction focus we developed a ‘plastics scorecard’. This is a checklist with a number of pre-requisites, along with many additional options for plastic reduction…


Static Plastic Paper Posters

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCanteen Client permission Posters

This project was a short duration where many of the finishes to walls were completed early meaning the display of posters could result in stains or damage to new paintwork. The client also controlled the communal areas and were unhappy about having posters displayed on their walls. To resolve this, the site sourced ‘static’ plastic paper that adheres to walls…


Temporary Access Way for Island Platform

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLocal and special needs Obstruction Sensitivity to neighbours Unloading Utility works

During this rail project the team were required to gain access to an island platform for materials, plant, and equipment. To do this, they used 2400mm x 1200mm wide x 300mm polystyrene blocks that were covered with steel road plates. This built a three metre wide temporary access way which is level with both platforms and is capable of carrying…


Eco-friendly Car for Public Use

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFacilities for visitors Goodwill Minimised fuel use

As a goodwill gesture, CEL has purchased an eco-friendly car which is parked outside of the development’s central Hub building. All residents who register to become part of the Car Club, and have a full driving licence, are able to use the car on a “journey specific” regime basis. They are permitted to use the car around the local Bath…