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Air conditioned helmets

Published 12 January 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWeather protection

Qatar University has developed air conditioned helmets for site operatives. The helmets are solar-powered with a built-in fan that reduces the skin temperature of construction workers by up to 10 degrees centigrade. A solar panel fixed on top of the helmet powers a fan to take in hot air, which is then cooled by phase change materials and filtered onto…


The Situation Engine: Experience-Based Safety Training

Published 5 September 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesTraining Universities

Changing the safety behaviour of workers on site needs more than PowerPoint presentations and information sheets. Changing behaviour requires a change in attitude, and there is no better way to impress upon a worker the need to prioritise safety considerations than for them to experience how accidents happen, witness the consequences, and discuss appropriate responses with their peers. The Situation…


Agro-waste for the Development of Sustainable Construction Material

Published 25 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMinimised energy use Reduce Sustainable solutions Sustainable source

This initiative tackles three major challenges often faced by developing countries: a shortage of conventional construction materials due to limited availability of natural resources; the pollution from energy-intensive production of building materials and the accumulation of unmanaged agricultural waste. Turning these three problems into an opportunity, experiments were carried out to discover whether sugarcane bagasse ash (SBA) could be the main…


Tree Planting to Offset Carbon Emissions

Published 12 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesActual vs target Air quality Carbon offsetting Landscaping Local groups Planting Trees

Any attempt to counteract carbon emissions through offsetting not only proves a corporate sustainable attitude but also contributes to supporting environmental awareness locally and globally. Carbon offsetting is a sustainable strategy that focuses on voluntarily supporting the environment to compensate for the emissions that have been generated. North American contractor Harbison-Mahony-Higgins Builders, Inc. (HMH) approached the non-profit organisation Sacramento Tree Foundation (STF), in order…


Overseas examples of best practice for working in cold weather

Published 6 January 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWeather protection

Workers often face difficult working environments due to the various weather conditions they have to work through. Consideration should be given to the conditions facing operatives and the measures that can be developed and implemented to counteract the impact of these environments. There are also several guides from around the world, in places where cold weather working is a much larger issue,…


Safe Walkway Route

Published 28 September 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
CategoriesBarriers Footpaths and diversions Protected and controlled access Safety signage

The safety of workers, visitors and the public on and around any construction site is vitally important. A shielded ‘green route’ walkway was installed, to enable pedestrians to walk safely and stay protected from the heavy construction traffic. The ‘green route’ ran from the welfare facilities to the construction site and PPE was not required on this route. The route continued around the…


Workplaces should have a sun protection programme in place

Published 5 August 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Weather protection

Construction workers have an increased risk of developing skin cancer due to their prolonged exposure to outdoor conditions. It is important to acknowledge these risks and take a proactive stance to prevent harmful exposures. The Australian construction industry have taken measures to safeguard their workforce, with the Cancer Council Australia recommending that workplaces should have a sun protection programme in place,…


Mapping complaints received

Published 20 July 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
CategoriesComplaint procedure Outlook Regular review

There should be an effective system on site for recording and monitoring complaints and compliments received. Employees on site of the Doorstroom Station project in Utrecht, used a mapping system to record complaints. When a complaint was received, the site manager pinned the location of the complaint on a map; this was located in a prominent area of the construction site…


Goodwill gestures to dog walkers

Published 20 July 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
CategoriesGoodwill Operative behaviour

 It is always important to consider the impact that your site will have on neighbours and the public. Showing courtesy and respect to the local community will help to build good relations and leave behind a positive impression of the industry. Below is an example of how the site counteracted the closure of a dog walking area: For work to…


Screened walkway to allow staff to safely cross a busy road

Published 17 July 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
CategoriesFootpaths and diversions Public diversions Roads Routes Screening of facilities

Specific local road safety issues should be identified, considered and communicated to ensure that operatives, pedestrians and cyclists remain vigilant and safe. One site carried out a risk assessment and found that the busy main road was a potential risk to the workforce trying to cross. As a result, a screened walkway was built which allowed site workers from OV-SAAL Zuidtak…


Shipping Coordinator to improve safety on waterways

Published 9 July 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
CategoriesFeedback/questionnaires Management review Regular review Routes Safety plan updated Timings

Beens Group uses a shipping coordinator for the Major Maintenance Waterways project, to ensure that other vessels can pass safely. The shipping coordinator records all ships that are passing through with the website marine traffic and by visual observation. A list is made of these ships complete with date, time and location. The aim is to contact the captains and…


Distribution of bike lights

Published 9 July 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
CategoriesCycle safety

Work on site should be carried out with a minimum impact on local residents and businesses. The site found that the cycle route to a nearby high school ran alongside the construction site. To ensure the safety of cyclists, traffic wardens were situated at busy access roads to monitor the flow of site traffic and delivery vehicles. On top of this, LED bicycle…


Noise monitoring system for railway project

Published 9 July 2015 | Written by Heather Wilkins
CategoriesNoise

As construction work on one of Banedanmark’s (Rail Net Denmark) new tunnels begin, the company monitored its noise levels closely to reduce the impact on local residents. Due to open in Autumn 2018, the 60 km double-track electric railway, between Copenhagen and Ringsted, will be Denmark’s first railway for high-speed trains and enable passenger trains to achieve speeds of up to…


Concealed feet

Published 8 July 2015 | Written by Els Geurts
CategoriesFootpaths and diversions Obstructions

Sites should have appropriate fencing in place to segregate areas for workers, visitors and the general public. Where road or footpath diversions are necessary, barriers and fences should be implemented to avoid unnecessary risk. As part of the re-development, concealed feet for fencing were used. These were a considerate safety system as they used up less space and prevented any potential trip hazards. They…


Morning Exercises for Construction Workers

Published 20 May 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCampaigns Daily briefing Recreation Workforce consultation

Skanska have developed the ‘Injury Free Environment’ initiative, to get workers focused on safety. Employees in the construction industry are often exposed to physically heavy workloads and tough conditions and the industry generally suffers from high levels of absenteeism. With this in mind, Skanska encouraged more than 600 construction workers in Nashville, to take part in a 10 minute stretch and flex workout…