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SRM System

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCertifications Monitoring Supply chain

This sited uses an SRM system to monitor all vehicles and deliveries. It also holistically tracks, monitors and projects environmental risks. The system provides the following benefits: Reduces risk to the project. Monitors all deliveries and vehicle movements (not just timber) such as concrete, waste, fuel and fit-out deliveries. Eliminates manual data handling and human error/misjudgement. Ensures compliance. Sends alerts…


Robotic Concrete Cutter

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Mobile machinery Noise Occupational health risks Sensitivity to neighbours

To minimise the risk of vibration and to reduce noise and dust, the site researched the potential of a robotic concrete cutter and crusher for use in forming an opening in a very thick concrete bunker wall in a confined area. The robotic concrete cutter provided flexibility for effective work in a confined space and the quiet, electric-powered hydraulics allowed…


Dust Reducing Plasterboard Shear

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Occupational health risks Working methods

The site are using a plasterboard shear which reduces the airborne dust associated with cutting such material. This improves the general air quality of the site and allows plasterboard to be cut inside without the health and safety risks of dust lingering. It has also had the additional effect of reducing Stanley Knife use. See below, for a video demonstration…


Air Quality for the Workforce

Published 28 October 2019 | Written by Gwen Blair
CategoriesAir quality Initiatives Occupational health risks Working methods

The Kier Site team had known early on the extreme working conditions involved in creating a new basement, in an existing building, which included demolition and excavation works in relatively confined spaces as well as installing new steel structures. To improve the working environment, the team introduced the LIFA HepaClean 4000 negative air machine. The powerful machine is ideal to…


100% Recyclable Polypropylene Hoarding Signboards

Published 21 October 2019 | Written by Jane Foster
CategoriesRe-use Recycle Reduce Sustainable solutions

On this site, we have been using fully recyclable material for signboards from Green’s Signs. The Polyline Foam is a new material on the market within the signage industry that we’re looking to use for all of our site signage going forwards. As part of our #challengegreen project, this was introduced as a substitute material to Foamex. Polyline foam is…


Tagging System: Temporary Works

Published 21 October 2019 | Written by Jane King
CategoriesRisk information Working methods

The site has been using colour coded plastic tags to identify the inspection status of every item of lifting equipment, chains, slings, shackles etc. for some time. They are fixed to each component used in every lifting operation, following validation of respective testing certificates and associated method statements, and they provide time restricted approval. This enables surety of equipment to…


Flexible Working Pilot Scheme

Published 21 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBenefits Employed Feedback Management attitudes Personal development

The pilot was introduced to try and bring our working practices in line with other industries who are more open to change, recognising the need to acknowledge that millennials will make up 50% of the workforce by 2020. The shifting employee demographic expectations are such that without change we as an industry run the risk of discouraging new talent and…


Remote Controlled Crane Suspended Lifting Beam

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by Magdalena Andres
CategoriesInitiatives Vehicle enhancements Working methods

A remote-controlled load management system for all crane operations, which eliminates the need for human held taglines to control suspended loads, has been launched in the UK on Thames Tideway KEMPF Construction Site. Lift and orientation specialist Verton has developed a system which can be applied to suspended loads of all sizes and across industries including infrastructure, engineering, construction, general…


Posture Improvement Campaign: Soter Spine

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by Rachel Butler
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Occupational health risks

Soter Spine Analysis is a 10-15 day program which helps coach you to use better working postures and avoid ergonomic injury. It consists of a wearable device and mobile application. The device measures all the bending and twisting movements you make then calculates if the movement is hazardous. The app synchronises with the app, recording the data. If you make…


Eave Noise Reduction Ear Defenders

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks PPE Working methods

The site has been trialling the use of the Eave Noise Reduction Ear Defenders. A common issue with standard ear defenders is that they are taken off when operatives want to communicate with each other. This then puts the operatives at risk of permanent damage to their hearing. These ear defenders appear to solve this issue. They contain microphones and…


Plastic Packaging Prize Draw

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInvolvement Management policy Promoting achievements Recycle Reduce Site environmental plan Supply chain

Morgan Sindall are dedicated to reducing their plastic waste, one area they have identified as a target is a reduction on the amount of plastic delivered to site as packaging. The process involves monitoring the deliveries to site and each delivery which contains zero plastic waste results in an entry into the site competition. The winning supply chain member is…


Demonstrations of Brake Reaction Testing and “Beer Goggles” to Simulate Impaired Driving

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by Nicholas O'Connell
CategoriesAttitudes Behaviour Campaigns Communicate initiatives Training

To further promote safety for vulnerable road users in line with CLOCS, as well as promoting employee safety, a member of Kildare County Council held a road safety and drink awareness talk onsite. Discussing issues and giving role-play demonstrations such as: Managing Driving for Work Alcohol consumption effects Local accident hotspots Speed limits in the regional area Impaired vision due…


Resident-friendly Scaffold Covering

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Local and special needs Obstruction Sensitivity to neighbours

The HSE standard for external works on high rise buildings mandated Monarflex covering to the scaffold. This would have meant no views out or direct daylight for over a year. This was deemed to be medically harmful to a number of tenants, particularly those with autism. The site negotiated with suppliers and HSE and obtained approval for triple stitched netting…


Alternative power source for site compound

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Energy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Post-completion impact

For the duration of the project, the site has established a site compound, welfare area and site offices on Endeavour Wharf within the tourist centre of Whitby. The compound’s power supply is a mains connection of approximate 56kVA capacity which provides a stable, reliable supply of energy and has the added benefit of reducing noise and carbon emissions compared to…


Interactive Environmental Site Data

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAwareness Initial environmental assessment Rivers/watercourses Site environmental plan Wildlife

The team have again utilised the GIS initiative to add value to the environmental sector in a most advantageous way. Utilising iPad’s, they have overlaid the linear map of the project area with six different layers of relevant environmental data. The site teams can obtain data such as: consent requirements, details of ownership, flood areas, ecology, archaeology and many other…