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100% Recyclable Polypropylene Hoarding Signboards

Published 21 October 2019 | Written by Jane Foster
CategoriesRe-use Recycle Reduce Sustainable solutions

On this site, we have been using fully recyclable material for signboards from Green’s Signs. The Polyline Foam is a new material on the market within the signage industry that we’re looking to use for all of our site signage going forwards. As part of our #challengegreen project, this was introduced as a substitute material to Foamex. Polyline foam is…


Tagging System: Temporary Works

Published 21 October 2019 | Written by Jane King
CategoriesRisk information Working methods

The site has been using colour coded plastic tags to identify the inspection status of every item of lifting equipment, chains, slings, shackles etc. for some time. They are fixed to each component used in every lifting operation, following validation of respective testing certificates and associated method statements, and they provide time restricted approval. This enables surety of equipment to…


Flexible Working Pilot Scheme

Published 21 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBenefits Employed Feedback Management attitudes Personal development

The pilot was introduced to try and bring our working practices in line with other industries who are more open to change, recognising the need to acknowledge that millennials will make up 50% of the workforce by 2020. The shifting employee demographic expectations are such that without change we as an industry run the risk of discouraging new talent and…


Remote Controlled Crane Suspended Lifting Beam

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by Magdalena Andres
CategoriesInitiatives Vehicle enhancements Working methods

A remote-controlled load management system for all crane operations, which eliminates the need for human held taglines to control suspended loads, has been launched in the UK on Thames Tideway KEMPF Construction Site. Lift and orientation specialist Verton has developed a system which can be applied to suspended loads of all sizes and across industries including infrastructure, engineering, construction, general…


Posture Improvement Campaign: Soter Spine

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by Rachel Butler
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Occupational health risks

Soter Spine Analysis is a 10-15 day program which helps coach you to use better working postures and avoid ergonomic injury. It consists of a wearable device and mobile application. The device measures all the bending and twisting movements you make then calculates if the movement is hazardous. The app synchronises with the app, recording the data. If you make…


Eave Noise Reduction Ear Defenders

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks PPE Working methods

A common issue with traditional ear defenders is that they prevent communication between operatives and make them less aware of their surroundings. This can lead to operatives removing them during works which potentially exposes them to dangerous levels of noise. The Health and Safety Executive has reported that 40% of users supposedly wearing hearing protection are not safe because the…


Plastic Packaging Prize Draw

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInvolvement Management policy Promoting achievements Recycle Reduce Site environmental plan Supply chain

Morgan Sindall are dedicated to reducing their plastic waste, one area they have identified as a target is a reduction on the amount of plastic delivered to site as packaging. The process involves monitoring the deliveries to site and each delivery which contains zero plastic waste results in an entry into the site competition. The winning supply chain member is…


Demonstrations of Brake Reaction Testing and “Beer Goggles” to Simulate Impaired Driving

Published 15 October 2019 | Written by Nicholas O'Connell
CategoriesAttitudes Behaviour Campaigns Communicate initiatives Training

To further promote safety for vulnerable road users in line with CLOCS, as well as promoting employee safety, a member of Kildare County Council held a road safety and drink awareness talk onsite. Discussing issues and giving role-play demonstrations such as: Managing Driving for Work Alcohol consumption effects Local accident hotspots Speed limits in the regional area Impaired vision due…


Resident-friendly Scaffold Covering

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Local and special needs Obstruction Sensitivity to neighbours

The HSE standard for external works on high rise buildings mandated Monarflex covering to the scaffold. This would have meant no views out or direct daylight for over a year. This was deemed to be medically harmful to a number of tenants, particularly those with autism. The site negotiated with suppliers and HSE and obtained approval for triple stitched netting…


Alternative power source for site compound

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Energy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Post-completion impact

For the duration of the project, the site has established a site compound, welfare area and site offices on Endeavour Wharf within the tourist centre of Whitby. The compound’s power supply is a mains connection of approximate 56kVA capacity which provides a stable, reliable supply of energy and has the added benefit of reducing noise and carbon emissions compared to…


Interactive Environmental Site Data

Published 11 October 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAwareness Initial environmental assessment Rivers/watercourses Site environmental plan Wildlife

The team have again utilised the GIS initiative to add value to the environmental sector in a most advantageous way. Utilising iPad’s, they have overlaid the linear map of the project area with six different layers of relevant environmental data. The site teams can obtain data such as: consent requirements, details of ownership, flood areas, ecology, archaeology and many other…


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 Supply chain 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…