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Interviews to Assess Supervisors’ Qualifications

Published 5 January 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesManagement Qualifications Supervision Supply chain Trade contractors

To ensure a safe and well managed site, all personnel should be appropriately qualified to undertake the tasks assigned to them. This site wanted to guarantee levels of training and competencies, using methods over and above what was already implemented on site: Trade contractor supervisors were given an interview to assess their competencies; If any deficiencies were identified, the project team management worked…


Ensuring High Standards Across Sites

Published 5 January 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesImplementation Plan Training

It is vital that projects are completed to a high standard and waste produced on site is reduced at every given opportunity. Outlined below is a system that has been developed to ensure uniformity of standards on various sites. This system has proved effective to reduce waste, whilst also providing a training aid for the workforce: A container was used to pre-construct…


Health and Wellbeing Support System App

Published 25 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Medications Programming

Maintaining a healthy workforce should be made a priority. It is vital that operatives should feel supported and that their work is not negatively impacting their health. A number of sites either organise for nurses to regularly visit site or have a nurse on site to address any health issues or concerns held by operatives. One site has exceeded these provisions by…


Training Seminar on Domestic Violence

Published 25 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBullying Harassment Training

A number of issues affect members of your workforce, from mental illness to discrimination. It is important that you promote a safe, considerate and respectful working environment, to effectively support the individual needs of your workforce. Below is an example of how sites can provide an understanding of issues facing individuals: A training seminar was held on site, where the police undertook a…


First aid call points

Published 25 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDrills Emergency procedures First Aid

Construction sites should constantly seek to improve their health and safety protocols. Construction work accompanies a high occupational risk to all operatives, for this reason it is vital that all health and safety protocols are effectively implemented, updated and communicated to all members of the workforce. Below is an example of how sites have updated their safety protocols to improve their…


Supporting a diverse workforce

Published 25 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDiversity Equality Inclusion

The construction industry should be open to skilled workers from all backgrounds. Sites should have a culture of acceptance and inclusion, with all workers  shown fair treatment and respect. The importance of equality and diversity should be acknowledged by all on site and management should seek to take measures to support all those on site to achieve these values. Every effort should be made…


Near miss ‘touch screen’ reporting system

Published 25 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesIdentification of near misses Phone Recording accidents Reporting

All accidents, incidents and near misses should be recorded and used for lessons learnt, to ensure continuous safety improvement on site. A great deal can be learnt from trends in accident reporting. The reporting process should capture all relevant information, but also be quick and simple to do. Examples of how sites have recorded near misses and accidents include: A mobile…


Using drone technology to minimise risks to operatives

Published 25 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPrivacy Risk information Site security

The risks posed on site should be minimised whenever possible. On occasion the dangerous nature of the construction industry cannot be avoided, it is therefore essential that certain activities such as demolitions are well planned and embarked on with caution. Sites have minimised the risk to their workforce by: Using aerial surveillance drones to check the security of the demolition…


Hazibags

Published 25 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHazardous substance storage Spill control

It is essential that every site gives careful consideration to its potential impact on the natural environment. As part of the environmental plan,  there should be safe working practices for dealing with hazardous waste, to ensure that it is stored, handled and transported correctly. Arrangements should be made for appropriate refuelling areas, and bunded tanks, drip trays and spill kits should…


YellowJacket system

Published 25 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGuidance Tidiness Workforce involvement

The YellowJacket health and safety online system is a tool developed by Mace and now owned by BRE, that can be operated from your desktop or on your tablet/phone, helping a construction site to manage quality, environmental, health and safety performance. This system enables a better management of health and safety performance on site by ensuring all your data is in one…


Recyclable office furniture

Published 24 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRe-use Recycle

Protecting and preserving the environment should be at the forefront of constructors’ minds. Careful consideration should be given to how the site’s activities may impact on the environment and steps taken to minimise all forms of pollution; in order to protect the natural environment. A pro-active approach to identify and tackle environmental issues that occur on site will demonstrate the industry’s commitment to respect, protect…


Engaging with and contributing to the local school

Published 24 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSchools Trees

Contributing to the local community can help establish positive relationships between the site and neighbours. Giving back to and supporting the community will help you to promote an excellent image, as well as demonstrating the considerate nature of the construction industry, towards the environment in which you’re working. Efforts to engage with local schools should be made by all sites, regardless of time or budget. Examples of…


Cased Secant Piling

Published 24 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDebris Organisation Tidiness Waste

A good internal and external appearance of a construction site is vital in promoting a positive image of the industry. A site should look clean, tidy and professional, to help build valuable relations with both clients and the community; whilst also demonstrating a well managed and considerate business. Methods to maintain a tidy and well-organised site are important to demonstrate that you are…


Implementing a davit rescue system to improve safety

Published 24 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency procedures Escape routes

Constant improvements to existing safety systems should be sought, to ensure the most contemporary equipment and methods are being utilised to secure workers’ safety. Learning from accidents is vital to keep the industry up-to-date with the latest measures to prevent accidents; while also ensuring the most effective responses. This will show that you care, whilst also promoting the industry’s social awareness…


Dust Control Equipment

Published 24 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Dust prevention Mobile machinery

The creation of dust is a very common cause of complaint for the construction industry. Dust not only poses a health hazard for those working on site, but is also the root cause of many complaints made by the public. It is therefore essential that appropriate methods are adopted to minimise the risk of dust on sites, to safeguard workers’ wellbeing, as…