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Safer Method for Attaching Concrete

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Working methods

The detail of the method of attaching the top of the concrete ‘skin’ to the existing concrete wall has been revised to reduce working at height and Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome. The original designed detail was to break out the existing wall to create a key for the tie in to make it water tight. The site team developed an alternative…


Using Datascope to Assign RAMS to Operatives

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Barriers Protected and controlled access Signing in Signing out

Datascope assigning RAMs to operatives – once inducted operatives review their RAMs with a supervisor using a tablet. They then sign using their finger print which attributes the RAMs to them and permits access to site up to the RAMs expiry date. If these expire before being reviewed, the operative is barred access to the work area until a review…


Respitory Protective Equipment for Welding Activities

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPPE Risk information Safety plan updated Working methods

Following research that exposure to mild steel welding fumes can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans, the site enforced mandatory use of full face air-line RPE for all welding activities. For more information regarding this innovation, please download the attachment below.


Bespoke Safety Course

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Risk information Training Training Workforce consultation Workforce information

BAM Nuttall had identified a need to increase awareness of exclusion zones and safe zones. Research was carried out but neither the CITB nor recognised training agencies can provide the specialist resources that the company required. Site staff then set about determining the course content and the facilities required to create their own course. A one-day course was developed, aimed…


Gliding Lessons for Operatives

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRecreation Rest

For rest and recreation, operatives take gliding lessons with the adjacent gliding club, and all of the site personnel have now flown.


Roadmender Pothole Repair Machinery

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMinimised energy use Minimised fuel use Reduce Sustainable solutions Unloading

The site is using Roadmender pot-hole repair machinery which eliminates the need to take material to the tip through re-using it. The repair lasts longer so it is more efficient and there is less delay and disruption to the public. A 90% reduction in carbon footprint has been quoted for this method.


Hard Hat Safety Attachment

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks PPE Risk information

The site are using hard hats which contain an attachment which alerts operatives if noise levels are too high, they’re working at height, and if no movement is detected after a certain period.


Ecosmart ZERO Cabin

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

We have commissioned several Ecosmart ZERO units. This is their first use in UK construction. The cabins are powered by a combination of an emission free hydrogen gas powered fuel cell, which is almost completely silent and emits only pure water vapour, and an advanced solar power system, which on summer days can meet up to 100% of the power demands.


Monthly Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Toolbox Talks

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesConsultation Diversity Equality Feedback Inclusion Religious considerations

All site and office based staff complete a monthly toolbox talk about equality, diversity and inclusion. Themes have included disability, LGBT+ and religion. To date, 1500 members of the team have participated. Videos, games, quizzes and presentations are just some of the formats used to date. Tool Box Talks have taken us from 4% to 80% Equality Diversity Inclusion training…


Simulated Asbestos Enclosure Training

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by John Houlihan
CategoriesOccupational health risks Training Training

To further develop, measure and assess the competency of operatives working within a live asbestos environment, a dummy asbestos enclosure was erected with adjoining three-stage airlocks and bag-locks from tubular scaffold materials. The enclosure was fully sheeted; a viewing panel window was cut out of the sheeting; and prohibitive, mandatory and cautionary safety signage was displayed on the enclosure. Operatives…


Single-use Plastic Incentive Scheme

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnvironmental policy promoted Promoting achievements Reduce Workforce

We have introduced a monthly incentive scheme where a £50 voucher is awarded to the employee who comes up with the best idea to reduce single use plastic and packaging in the office or on site. We have had a very positive response from the workforce resulting in approaches to our suppliers to change their packaging which has been very…


Tinnitus Tailor App

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by Jade O'Hara
CategoriesMedical conditions Noise Occupational health risks

At a Project Scheme Champion’s meeting, one subcontractor advised on their issues with tinnitus and how they have managed the condition by using a mobile phone app. The Tinnitis Tailor app provides background sound therapy, which greatly reduces the effects of tinnitus. As tinnitus is a common condition (affecting around 30% of people) and brought about by changes in noise…


Completing the Scheme’s e-learning course as a Toolbox Talk

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by Jade O'Hara
CategoriesE-learning Toolbox Talk Training Workforce

The site team registered the site as a whole on the Best Practice Hub, which allowed them to hold interactive workforce TBT’s using the e-learning modules – attendees are taken through the course followed by the quiz with answers discussed. Upon completion, pass certificates are displayed on the site’s best practice wall. To date, only the introductory module has been…


Championing Back to Work Mums

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by Jeremy Bayliss
CategoriesDiversity Inclusion Recreation Working hours

We have launched a “Championing Back to Work Mums” scheme with the aim of attracting more women to return to work and get involved in the industry after having children. As a company we value women in our industry and we are committed to respect, treat fairly, encourage and support women within our company. As an incentive, we have introduced…


Speaking posters to translate safety messages

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by Marilla King-Smith
CategoriesLanguage differences Posters PPE Site specific induction Workforce information

We recognise the importance of effective communication for maintaining safety and order on site. A large percentage of our workforce do not speak or read English as their first language, therefore much of our critical safety and wellbeing information is translated into the appropriate languages and displayed as posters in the appropriate working areas. However, we appreciate that, with so…