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Use of electric and hybrid vehicles throughout the company

Published 12 May 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCampaigns Energy saving measures Green purchasing Investigation Minimised fuel use Reduce Workforce

To reduce carbon emissions all company cars are now electric and there has been in-depth research undertaken on the availability of hybrid or all electric vans. This has eliminated over 30,000kg Co2 emissions a year on company cars. A route for purchasing electric vans has been sourced which will have a significant impact on emissions as the fleet is around…


Dignity bags for the homeless

Published 4 May 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill

The site provides a waterproof ‘dignity bag’ for the homeless around the site which includes toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, hand sanitizer, information on Coronavirus and a wide range of other sanitary type products. The bags are different for males and females and are tailored to the needs of the homeless person once the site team get to know them better.


Calendar created in collaboration with Action for Happiness

Published 4 May 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGoodwill Healthy lifestyle advice Occupational health risks Stress Worker fatigue

In collaboration with Action for Happiness a New Year calendar was implemented on site which shows a different suggestion for every day of the week in successive months. This calendar is communicated throughout the business via e-mail on the last working day of every month so that it is displayed on the first day of the month within canteens and…


Fox40 Handheld Electronic Whistles

Published 27 April 2020 | Written by Tatiana Meakin
CategoriesControls Driver information Emergency procedures Initiatives Working methods

This project like any other multi-crane project have crane loads traversing through the air all day. These loads on occasion will traverse over site personnel, this is a common occurrence in daily multi crane-lifting operations plus the radius path is not always accessible or blind to the slinger/signallers. Consideration to the load path is always considered by crane operators in…


Ultilow Low Temperature Asphalt

Published 20 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Energy saving measures Minimised energy use Reduce Timings Utility works

The scheme required a 40mm surface course to be placed during night-time closures of the busy A630 College Road Roundabout in Rotherham. Tarmac proposed to use Ultilow, Low Temperature Asphalt to permit as early opening as possible of the roundabout junction to minimise disruption to road users. Ultilow asphalts embrace proven technology to ensure that the material supplied performs as…


Plastic in the Environment

Published 20 April 2020 | Written by Tim Guilbert
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Recycle

In our normal process of work, we are regularly stripping small sections of UPVc coating off our lightning protection tapes and the method we use produces quite small slivers that could easily be picked up or even digested by birds and animals, as well as the more obvious creation of waste in working areas when left. To combat this, we…


Safe heating system implemented which reduce energy usage

Published 15 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Minimised fuel use Reduce

The site team has worked diligently to reduce its carbon footprint and as an example of this an innovative safe heating system was introduced to maintain the ambient temperature within work areas. The system incorporates 6 low energy heaters designed to cover an area of 175m3 and to maintain ambient temperatures between -13C and 18C. Each of the low-energy heaters…


Rechargeable Temporary Lighting

Published 15 April 2020 | Written by Darren Warner
CategoriesLighting Working methods

Whilst waiting for our temporary lighting to be installed we purchased eight portable and rechargeable LED light units with motion sensors were fitted. Each light fitting has four settings which allows different levels of light for different tasks being undertaken. They are small and compact and once fully charged they have a battery life of up to five hours and…


Promatic Roofing Gas Blow Torch

Published 15 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWorking methods

A safer roofing gas blow torch is being used by the roofing contractor on this project. The blow torch is used for felt roofing and has an excellent fire safety feature whereby as soon as the torch is put down, or left by the operators side, it switches off. Traditional blow torches remain on if dropped or left unattended. To…


Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil used on plant

Published 15 April 2020 | Written by Patricia Sempere
CategoriesMinimised fuel use Reduce Sustainable solutions

HVO is a high quality bio-based fuel which does not compromise the performance of the plant or engine, only improving the emissions related to plant operations within construction. Ferrovial trialled a HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) renewable fuel as an alternative to traditional diesel. The HVO was trialled in a 17t wheeled excavator and it was compared against a 22t tracked…


Fire Safety Grab Bag

Published 15 April 2020 | Written by Gino Salvatore
CategoriesDrills Emergency procedures First Aid

Lauren Shaw, a Galliford Try Highways graduate engineer, came up with the idea of a fire safety kit bag or ‘grab bag’ and this has been put forward for a company MAGIC (make a good idea count) award. The ‘grab bag’, a green luminous rucksack, contains a torch, clipboard, pens, first aid kit, fire safety briefing paper, fire extinguisher identification…


Weekly Occupational Health Visits

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Occupational health risks

Whilst having weekly meetings with the clinical team through their theatre works, the Site Manager and site staff have engaged with the hospital occupational health team. The site has arranged for a weekly drop-in surgery to be held on site every Friday lunchtime.


Translation of the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCultural needs Diversity Inclusion Language differences Literacy training Scheme posters/banners Workforce

On this project, the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice has been translated into Romanian (the principal language spoken on this site), which has then been professionally displayed around the site.


Tag Line Weight

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWorking methods

A tag line weight, made using a tennis ball filled with silicone to prevent it swinging in the wind, is used on this project. This solution was devised by the operatives undertaking the work. Without the tennis ball fitted, the tag line blows in the wind and trying to grab hold of it is difficult. The tennis ball is also…


System to provide real time temperature and strength gain notifications in poured concrete

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSensitivity to neighbours

The site is using the ‘Converge System’ which, by means of wireless sensors embedded in poured concrete provides real time temperature and strength gain notifications. This enables sequential concrete pours to be carried out without waiting for lab results, accelerating the build process with all the attendant benefits to the community. To find out more click the link below.