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Using Flocculation to Minimise Muddy Water Leaving the Site

Published 13 March 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLocal and special needs Sensitivity to neighbours

The site team identified that their site is susceptible to soil runoff. This means there is an increased risk of muddy water leaving the site. To resolve this, the site used biodegradable flocculants. These were placed within a stream of water that was produced by the construction activity. The flocculants collected silt and soil as the water passed through it….


Resilient Protection for Underground Cable Duct Systems

Published 13 March 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReduce Sustainable solutions

The site is using a new system called ‘CUBIS Multi Duct’ which is a multiple duct cable protection system used for underground ducting systems. These units are quickly assembled by connecting metre long sections with a unique push fit system, manufactured from high density polythene, which are lightweight and have a high strength to weight unit. This allows shallower burial…


Passive Speed Monitoring

Published 13 March 2020 | Written by Ben Powell
CategoriesCLOCS FORS Roads Speed limits Traffic management Traffic management arrangements Vehicle enhancements

The system is a GPS-based electronic monitoring software which monitors through plug-in trackers issued to the driver upon arrival at the project. Issued with drivers’ rules, the monitor is plugged into the vehicle’s 12 volt socket outlet and instantly starts transmitting the position and speed of the vehicle. This means for all the time the vehicle is on the multi-plot…


Fitting PIR to Temporary Lighting

Published 13 March 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLocal and special needs Sensitivity to neighbours

Wates’ Matthew Arnold School project is situated within a residential area. Due to its location, there is a larger risk of producing light pollution that can become a nuisance to local residents. In order to prevent this, the site team have fitted their temporary lighting with passive infrared (PIR) sensors. These ensure that the lights are only active whilst someone…


Automatic Plant Safety System

Published 13 March 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Driver information Protected and controlled access Vehicle enhancements Working methods

The site team has developed and introduced a system to prevent people from being harmed by their site’s plant. If someone enters within a certain area, an alarm fitted within the plant activates. This alerts the driver that it may not be safe to resume working as someone is within their vicinity. There is a further zone labelled the ‘Red…


Onsite UV Scanning for Occupational Cancer

Published 9 March 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealth screening Healthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Occupational health risks

Employees working on the M1 J13-J16 Smart Motorway T3 project are able to have themselves checked for long term sun damage and cancer. These checks are conducted by an onsite nurse using a UV scanner. Where necessary, employees are also given guidance about whether they need to seek further advice. The process has identified a significant number of people who…


Ice Warning Signs

Published 9 March 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Risk information Safety signage Workforce information

The project team have procured Ice Guardian temperature measurement and warning signs for use on their site. These signs display a prominent snowflake symbol and flash with LEDs when the temperature drops below 3 degrees Celsius. This indicates to those working on site that there is an increased risk of ice forming. Such a warning allows those on site to…


Sharing Passivhaus Knowledge

Published 9 March 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReduce Supply chain Sustainable source Trade contractors Training

Kier’s St Sidwells Point project has been designed to the Passivhaus standard. This means that once finished, the leisure complex will use significantly less energy for heating and cooling than an average building of similar size and facilities. In order to share industry knowledge, the development team and principal contractor has integrated the design and construction processes within a training…


Apprentice and Trainee Site Manager Scheme

Published 9 March 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesApprenticeships Careers advice Employed Placements Training

St Modwen Homes has had an active involvement in developing new people in the industry through the company’s “Apprentice & Trainee Site Manager Scheme”. This scheme is a detailed programme which facilitates development and progression over 4 years, from Apprentice to Trainee to Assistant Site Manager. The programme is modular based, requiring attendees to spend time in various departments (H&S,…


FREDIE Notice Board

Published 9 March 2020 | Written by Owen Winters
CategoriesDiversity Equality Healthy lifestyle advice Inclusion Language differences Mental health Notice board Posters Stress

As part of being accredited as Leaders in Diversity, we have set up a notice board on site to promote the values of FREDIE: Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement. A FREDIE calendar highlights events throughout the year, such as Mental Health Awareness Week, Black History Month, Pride and Time to Talk Day. There is also a Wellbeing Calendar…


The 5 W Construction Challenge

Published 9 March 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Schools

To encourage Secondary School Students to become more actively involved during their Educational Site Tours, Robertson introduced an activity called the 5 W Construction Challenge. It was apparent from previous site tours that some of the students were much more confident that others in asking questions. To resolve this, Robertson wanted to provide an experience that engaged all students and…


23 Tonne Prefabricated Roof

Published 9 March 2020 | Written by Aimee Nicol
CategoriesBirds Offsite construction Plant and machinery Prefabrication Vehicle enhancements Working methods

Robertson Homes brought in a 100 tonne crane to lift the prefabricated top back onto one of the historic towers of Great Glen Hall. The tower was one of the features damaged by fire in 2007, but has recently been lovingly rebuilt to its 19th-century glory. One of two being restored, the Western tower was the first to receive its…


Rewarding Employees for Donating Blood

Published 2 March 2020 | Written by Jeremy Bayliss
CategoriesGoodwill Posters Recognition Reward

We have decided to encourage our workers to give blood. We have done this by creating leaflets that are displayed on all of our sites encouraging our workers to become blood donors. In return, we will reward them with an extra half a day’s pay on top of their wages if they register to give blood. A blood donation truly…


Electroelsa Tower Crane Lift

Published 2 March 2020 | Written by J Wilby
CategoriesOccupational health risks Plant and machinery Vehicle enhancements Working methods

The Electroelsa Tower Crane is an investment in our workforce that allows personnel and small materials to be lifted up and down the side of a tower crane. This allows for quicker and safer climbing of tower cranes for operators, inspectors and managers as required. It also allows the transport of materials that do not have to be manually carried…


Traffic Light System to Monitor Noise Levels

Published 2 March 2020 | Written by Hayley Newman
CategoriesNoise Occupational health risks Visual/hearing impaired Working methods

The site team at Quarry House have developed a simple automated traffic light system (with red and green lights), which has been positioned outside an acoustic enclosure and is used to attenuate noise from metal cutting to identify the level of noise within the enclosure for those considering entry. This has allowed the workforce to take better precautions to protect…