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Exclusion Zone Warning System

Published 27 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBarriers Boundary security Protected and controlled access Safety signage Workforce information

The BAM Construction, Plant and H&S teams recognised there was an issue around exclusion zones on site. Exclusion zones and restricted zones are commonly used in the construction industry to keep people away from high risk activities including falling objects or moving plant and machinery. Typically, these zones are denoted by pedestrian barriers with statutory signage fixed on the barriers….


Internal Dust Monitoring

Published 27 January 2020 | Written by Kiu Tran
CategoriesAir quality Dust prevention

Where external air quality is actively managed on construction sites, Lendlease recognises that internal air quality, specifically while working in enclosed apartments, is often overlooked. Lendlease have responded by implementing practices to minimise or eliminate dust generation in work activities. Practices such as automatic collection of dust at source and ‘ban the broom’ policies are implemented on site, however there…


Going the Extra Mile for a Local Resident

Published 20 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Residents

During a community drop-in session for their Scape Burnshot Bridge project, Balfour Beatty brought a 3D model of the bridge for residents to view through a VR headset. Unfortunately, a local blind resident was left disappointed as he thought it would be a physical model which he could have explored with his hands. The site team and client were really…


Broadband Reversing Alarms

Published 20 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesNoise Obstruction Sensitivity to neighbours

As a way to minimise disruption to neighbours, improve safety and to comply with the latest City of London Code of Practice, the 21 Moorfields project has specified that all delivery vehicles on the project should be fitted with broadband-only reversing alarms. Noise from broadband-only reversing alarms dissipates quickly at distance and thus reduces nuisance to neighbours. The frequency of…


Allowing Customers to Track Repairs Operatives

Published 20 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMinimised fuel use Reduce Travel plans

Wates are piloting a new tracking system that should improve the fuel efficiency of their repair service. The tracking system will allow customers to view their operative’s live estimated time of arrival. This will enable them to track the operatives approach on a real-time map. It also provides the customer with a link to the schedulers enabling them to cancel…


Conducting an Ethical Audit

Published 20 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDisadvantaged groups Illegal workers Modern slavery Supply chain

At Mace’s GPE Hanover Square project, a Turkish stone company were identified as a medium-high risk supplier based on their Sedex self-assessment questionnaire and inherent risk score. With the support of the Great Portland Estates client team, Mace instructed an independent consultant to carry out a Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) – to better understand the working conditions of their…


Agricultural Sprayer for Curing Concrete

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Working methods

During concrete placement activity, the site utilised an agricultural inspired “Crop” sprayer to evenly apply the curing compound. By using this, the site team successfully minimised working from height as previously operatives were required to work from bridges spanning 11m.


Walkie-Talkie Contact Boxes

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Initiatives Safety plan updated Workforce information Working methods

Following concerns raised about the tight site constraints, the site team has introduced “Walkie Talkie Boxes” – in which portable radios are kept at particularly tight points on site (e.g. crossing points) to enable site personnel to communicate directly with the machine operators and banksman. All radios are taken in for security and charging each night and returned to the…


Rebar Mechanical Tying Gun

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods

Bam Nuttall have implemented rebar mechanical tying guns to increase efficiency and significantly reduce repetitive strain injuries. The tying gun provides a solution to the physically demanding, monotonous and time-consuming work of manual tying. Tying rebar involves handling heavy materials, working in awkward positions, and repeating the same hand twisting motions over and over. All of this can lead to…


Using What3Words for Site Navigation

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Emergency procedures Initiatives Site security Workforce information

Clear directions to very specific locations across large construction sites can be challenging, particularly in emergency situations. The GBHP 17,000 square metre Royal Victoria Hospital Maternity construction project, located within a large hospital complex, is the first site in Northern Ireland to introduce the What3Words app as a means to improving communications and emergency responses to and across the whole construction project….


Custom Laceless Construction Safety Boots

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by James Butt
CategoriesInjuries Occupational health risks PPE Weather protection

BMJV has developed two new custom construction safety boots for general ground workers (high ankle) and plant operators (low ankle), which aim to significantly reducing ankle-related injuries. The boots require no laces and instead use a BOA ratchet system (often found on snowboarding equipment), which provides ankle support while removing the reliance of personnel correctly tying traditional laces. They are…


Quill Blasting

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Reduce Water saving measures Working methods

Within the confined space of the Thames Barrier flood gates, grit blasting was carried out to remove existing coatings to enable initial inspections to be undertaken. During the later inspections a decision was made to change from grit blasting to quill blasting. Quill blasting is a modern water, air and aggregate blasting system which uses up to 80% less water,…


Psychologist Group Sessions

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCounselling services Personal development Stress Trade contractors Training

At Ballymore’s Goodluck Hope project, a psychologist has been employed to design and deliver a bespoke programme which is specifically aimed at the workforce. Whilst confidential 1 to 1 sessions are offered, the main focus is a five week programme of interactive randomly-selected group sessions. The sessions are run like workshops, they are guided by the presenter but the group…


Incident Notification System

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by James Butt
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Identification of near misses Initiatives Recording accidents Roads Working methods

bmJV have introduced an Incident Notification System to ensure that all relevant persons are informed of an incident occurring on site in a timely and factual manner. A text message is sent to pre-set distribution groups for each of four classification groups: Level 1 – Serious Incident Level 2 – Significant Incident Level 3 – Minor Incident Level 4 –…


Crowd Sourced Time Lapse Camera

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by Matt Bust
CategoriesCamera Facilities for visitors Goodwill Legacy Residents Sensitivity to neighbours Social media Websites

One of the main focuses for the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, is to get Wentworth Woodhouse on the map. During our school visits and career talks around the surrounding areas, it is overwhelming the number of people who have never heard of the iconic building. We wanted to help change that and get people visiting Wentworth. We wanted to create…