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Sustainable Alternative to Traditional Spill Granules and Spill Catcher

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReduce Sustainable solutions Sustainable source

The site has decided to switch from the traditional spill granules and spill catcher to SaveSorb which is a natural product made from Veriflora, a certified sustainable Canadian sphagnum peat moss. For more information regarding this innovation, please see the attachment below.


Traffic Marshal Gloves

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Initiatives PPE Roads Supervision Traffic management arrangements Traffic marshal

The site are running a trial on a new set of gloves designed specifically for traffic marshals. There is a lot of vehicle movement on the project and besides competency and all the other control measures in place, the site wanted something extra that could make a difference. The chosen glove is rated at cut level 5. This provides the protection…


Geo-grid/ Geo-textile Laying Sledge

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Behaviour Controls Initiatives Protected and controlled access RAMS review Supplier engagement Working methods

The site team have introduced a  geo-grid/ geo-textile laying sledge which they have developed. This has improved the safety and productivity of the project. For more information regarding this innovation, please see the attachment below.


Environmentally-friendly Hydro-demolition Alternative

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAwareness Improvement Noise Rivers/watercourses Wildlife

The site team has undergone underwater excavation in rock using rockwheel aka cold milling. The main scope for the project comprises of repairs to the existing masonry walls, using a combination of concrete, structural grouts and mortars, and replacement stone blocks from a local quarry. Scour and erosion to the toe wall was recognised as a potential source of weakness…


Working at Height Manager

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling debris Initiatives Safety plan updated Scaffold protection Supervision Working methods

The first dedicated ‘’working at height’’ manager supervised the assembly of a large piece of hanging scaffold which was lifted above a wash tower and lowered into position. This eliminated 70% of the working at height involved with the project. Mace also encouraged its supply-chain to reduce risks which led to its scaffolding contractor producing a hop-up platform that has…


Site Digital Engineering

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Risk information Safety plan updated Training Workforce information

The site has created a digital model which links design information with current risks on site so that these can be viewed in the office in 3-D. The site has also digitised non-conformance reports and linked these to graphical (or non-graphical) data so that they are included in the 3-D model. The 3-D model also contains all benchmarks on the…


Suicide Prevention Training

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Occupational health risks Stress

The site team investigated the suicide rate within the construction industry and discovered, via The Office of National Statistics, that between 2011 and 2015: people working in construction were 63% more likely to die by suicide than the national average. There were over 1,400 suicides in construction in five years, more than any other profession. This was three times higher…


Identifying Risks via a Site Survey

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Management Reporting Safety plan updated

Balfour Beatty employed an independent company to carry out a safety climate survey of all staff, workforce, designers, clients and subcontractors on site. The purpose of the survey was to explore the risks that individual may take, their views on managers, their understanding of acceptable behaviours, whether they take risks over time, whether they were asked to take risks and…


Health & Safety QR Codes

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency procedures First Aid Initiatives Injuries Risk information Visible first aiders

Taking on board the possible delay between an accident on site and going back to the office to find out the medical/medication records, the site has created QR stickers to be placed inside helmets. Using a mobile phone, the QR code can be scanned which identifies the operative and gives medical information as well as next of kin. This can…


Monitoring Operative Vibration Levels

Published 23 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Reporting Risk information Supervision Weather protection

New generation “Havi watches” have been introduced. When worn, operatives have their actual vibration levels – relative to Hand-arm Vibration (HAV) – measured and recorded. Each day, the data is uploaded onto a docking station for analysis. The wrist device is calibrated each day and an alarm is activated if the pre-agreed exposure level is recorded. The device that was…


GPS Display on Excavators

Published 19 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Initiatives Risk information Vehicle enhancements

The large excavators on MPact-Thales are able to use GPS to maintain line and level control. Alongside the excavation model, MPact-Thales have developed a method for importing the utilities AutoCAD model into the excavator’s GPS display enabling operators to have a clear visualisation of the services within the areas they are working. These serve as a constant reminder of the…


Bespoke Re-usable Racking/ Stillages

Published 16 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesManagement policy Plastics and packaging Reduce Sustainable solutions

To reduce packaging waste Thorpes have designed, in-house, bespoke re-usable racking/ stillages for transporting joinery components to site. The racking/ stillages come in a variety of sizes and are designed to fit on their delivery vehicle’s tail lift. The racking/ stillages also help reduce manual handling.


Bar Code Waste Management

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesImplementation Management policy Monitoring Policy Reduce Site environmental plan

Focusing on waste reduction, the contractor has introduced a bar code scanning system for all trade contractors on their own designated waste. Trade contractors have a number of waste bins allocated to them and the usage is permanently monitored through the bar code system alerting the contractor if over usage is occurring. Financial penalties are given out if agreed waste…


‘Zero Carbon’ Satellite Welfare Cabins

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnergy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Minimised energy use Minimised fuel use

‘Zero Carbon’ satellite welfare cabins are helping to lower the project’s carbon footprint. Instead of the traditional diesel units, solar PV panels on the rooves generate sufficient power to charge the batteries and a hydrogen fuel cell provides a backup. This is their first use on a Highways project and the initial trials of two cabins have proved very successful….


GIS Mapping Technology

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAwareness Management policy Monitoring Site environmental plan

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping technology is being used to manage the environmental risks and visually present them to all project and supply chain staff, along with relevant links to data, documents and photographs. They plan to add in data on sensitive areas, including residents with special needs and technical information such as services, utilities and soil classification. To access…