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Using the Monitors’ Checklist to prepare for site visits

Published 2 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCCS briefing and action plan Management review Scheme champion

Sites should regularly review the CCS Code of Considerate Practice, Monitor Reports and complaints, to ensure they are being a considerate constructor. The Monitor’s checklist is provided to all sites prior to arranged site visits. The checklist is supplied to provide site management with an understanding of what Monitors are looking for and expect to see on site visits. Therefore, sites…


Safety Initiative to Ensure New Worker’s Competence: ‘The Red Dot’

Published 2 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBehaviour Communicate initiatives Risk information Site specific induction Training

It is vital that hazards and safety precautions are effectively communicated to the workforce. Measures should be implemented to ensure your workforce is well informed of the site rules and hazards posed to them. This is particularly important during the induction period. It is essential that management has full confidence in their workforce’s ability and competence to perform their tasks safely, to…


Developing new ways to reduce dangerous working activities on railway projects

Published 25 February 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives

Ensuring the safety of the workforce should be at the forefront of constructors’ minds. It is vital that all risks are identified and mitigated accordingly, minimising the potential risks posed to the workforce. Below is an example of a signal which has been developed to reduce hazards on railway sites: A new lightweight signal was pioneered, which could be carried and erected by…


Customised Hearing Protection

Published 24 February 2015 | Written by David Treacy
CategoriesMedical conditions Occupational health risks PPE Visual/hearing impaired

Site related health risks should be carefully monitored and addressed to ensure the safety of the workforce. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, requires that all hearing protection zones are identified by means of a sign. That is the reason why, Creek Road launched a customised solution for the workforce. There are two types of Customised Hearing Protection:…


Identifying Stress in the Workplace

Published 17 February 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Stress

Work-related stress is commonplace within the construction industry. Work-related stress has a number of knock-on effects, including, high blood pressure, low morale, poor decision making and can lead to mental health problems such as depression. For these reasons, it is important that managers interact with their workforce and are vigilant to any signs that employees may be suffering from work-related stress. Below…


Developing vehicles to monitor safety hazards for rail works

Published 29 January 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling debris Risk information

Ensuring the safety of your workforce is vital. The potential hazards posed by the nature of the work taking place and the environment in which individuals are working should be identified. In response, measures should be implemented to counteract these risks to ensure the wellbeing of your workforce. A number of sites effectively communicate the risks posed on site and…


Cycle scheme to facilitate transport between sites

Published 22 January 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCycle safety Minimised fuel use Plan RAMS review Travel plans

Innovative methods to minimise your sites carbon footprint should be actively sought. Many large projects have a number of sites working simultaneously, requiring operatives and management to regularly travel to and visit various sites, thus transport between sites is a necessity, often increasing the sites carbon footprint. In response to these requirements and increasing environmental problem, many sites have introduced a cycle scheme, to facilitate transport…


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 Minority groups

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…


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…


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…


Dust Control Equipment

Published 24 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Dust prevention Plant and 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…