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Visual Task Sheets

Published 24 July 2017 | Written by Kelly Player
CategoriesDaily briefing Workforce information

The site is aiming to remove excessively worded Risk Assessments and Method Statements. We have done this by developing a visual task sheet template which is being used by all parties on site. This initiative was deemed an innovation by the Scheme in 2015 for its method of ensuring workers are kept up to date with changes to working procedures…


Creating Opportunities to Encourage New Talent into the Industry

Published 8 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesColleges Create opportunities Labour Offsite construction Prefabrication

It is important to be actively encouraging new people into the industry. In recent years a skills shortage has become apparent and it is vital that this issue is addressed, to ensure the successful future of the construction industry. Sites should be making a conscious effort to engage with the local community, to demonstrate the various job prospects available for the younger…


Minimising the impact of tunnelling work

Published 13 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesObstruction Public diversions

Before embarking on your project, any potential disruptions to the local community as a result of your work should be identified and efforts made to minimise these disturbances. Traditional tunnelling methods dictate that existing tunnels must be internally propped before connecting into them. However, this method runs the risk of causing massive disruption and losing approximately 20m of standing space, which would…


Using technology to create safety zones on site

Published 13 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBoundary security Programming Protected and controlled access Supervision

The nature of construction work poses a number of potential risks to the workforce. It is vital to undertake a risk assessment and implement measures to prevent incidents, in order to ensure the safety of your workforce. Below is an example of how a site used technology to safeguard their workforce: A safety exclusion zone was set up, which prevented all those not…


Reinforcing simple safety messages

Published 13 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAttitudes Communicate initiatives

All employees should be aware of health, safety and environmental issues on and around site. Effective measures can be adopted to provide constant reminders to the workforce. Below is an example of a simple method of ensuring all employees on site were reminded of the relevant issues: Printed paper cups were provided by the company for use on site; The content on these printed…


Enhancing Carbon Dioxide Management

Published 13 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon footprint reporting Monitoring Site environmental plan

Constructors should monitor, record and aim to reduce the carbon emissions emitted from their sites. It is important that sites are environmentally conscious, utilising methods to reduce their carbon footprint. Recording site-specific data, is an effective way to start managing and reducing your carbon footprint. One site went over and above gathering individual data, to really understand their energy use and CO2…


Constantly improving techniques used on site: vertical draining

Published 13 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesImprovement Minimised fuel use Unloading Water saving measures

Sites should always seek to constantly learn and improve safety and environmental methods used on site. Below is an example of how a site adopted an alternative method, to minimise disruption to the local community and reduce carbon emissions: Wick (vertical) draining was carried out and then the contractor surcharged part of the site, resulting in the ground being stabilised and providing a suitable…


Environmentally Friendly Hoarding

Published 6 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnclosures Plastics and packaging Recycle

The work being undertaken should have a minimal impact on the environment. Measures should be actively sought and implemented to protect and enhance the environment. Below is an example of how environmentally friendly hoarding has been used on site: The hoarding was made from recycled plastic bottles; Although this was more expensive to obtain initially, the hoarding can be reused multiple times…


‘Tree of Life’ – Feature used to reach out to the local community

Published 6 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories24/7 contact information/arrangements Outlook

Effective communication is vital to establish and maintain excellent community relations. Sites should be proactive in establishing a line of communication with local residents, which not only shows that you are approachable, but you are also a considerate site. A good relationship with the local community is likely to offset any frustrations and complaints that may occur. The feature described…


Using VideoBadges to safeguard operatives

Published 2 March 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCamera Controls Workforce consultation

Sites should aim to ensure the highest levels of safety performance and protect the workforce and community as much as possible. Risk assessments of the environment and equipment should take place to identify any hazards posed to operatives. If potential risks have been identified in their work environment, the appropriate measures should be implemented to safeguard their wellbeing. Below is an…


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…


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…


Minimising Risks to Operatives Working on Highways

Published 13 February 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBehaviour Identification of near misses Supply chain Supply chain Supply chain Workforce consultation

The safety of your workforce is of paramount importance at every stage of the project. Due to the nature of the construction industry, work is often undertaken in unavoidably dangerous environments, such as highways. It is vital in these situations, that a thorough risk assessment is conducted and measures are implemented to minimise the hazards posed. Examples of how risks posed to operatives working on…