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Keeping Gutters Clear

Published 13 October 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBuilding maintenance Falling debris Initiatives

Maintaining cleanliness is essential for good appearance but it is important to ensure safety during the process. One site started to use a system called ‘Skyvac’ to clear out gutters up to four stories high from ground floor level; This comprises a high powered suction pump on a portable trolley that easily fits into a van and extendable poles to…


Visibility of temporary works

Published 30 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBarriers Inspections Risk information

A number of temporary works (non-scaffolding) are currently on site; these temporary work elements (e.g. temporary propping systems, edge protection, temporary bridge) are being inspected at regular intervals to ensure their safety. The inspections are logged in the office and any potential issues rectified. However, the question was posed how all parties on site would be aware that a certain…


Public voting feedback

Published 30 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFeedback/questionnaires Public survey

Interaction with the community can provide valuable feedback and improvements. Communication between site and the public is key in obtaining feedback. The easier this is the better. One site below demonstrated this in the example below: Site had voting devices with four buttons (smiley face to grumpy face) for the public to press for the site to get instant feedback: Issues…


Mobile Smoking Area

Published 30 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAshtrays Discreet areas E-smoking Litter Smoking

The image of the site portrays the image of construction. On a large site such as Seymour Link road, with constantly changing working areas the main welfare areas are at either end of the job hence going for a cigarette break would take a significant amount of time out of the working day. Therefore, the need for secondary smoking areas was established and…


Utilising Fitbit technology

Published 8 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealth screening

Monitoring the health and wellbeing of the workforce should be consistent. Individual health and safety should be monitored so management and the relative advisers can manage the wellbeing of the workforce. This can be difficult on a construction site due to time and the sheer size of the workforce. The below example demonstrates how one site overcame this challenge: The…


Shoring box safety

Published 8 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBarriers Falling debris

Innovative solutions should always be encouraged if it means improving site safety. Safety can always be improved but sometimes it takes a more creative and ‘outside the box’ approach. Such an idea can be the difference in preventing the day to day risk of a particular task or even the attitude of an entire workforce. The example below shows how…


I chose to look the other way

Published 8 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCampaigns Employed Recognition

Personal messages are very effective in communicating important messages. In order to maintain the importance of health and safety and keep up effective reminders, the message should be communicated through various platforms. One site demonstrated this through the example below: The site has taken an innovative approach to developing a short video of the ‘Don Merrell’ Poem – ‘I Chose…


Identifying risks with thermal imaging

Published 8 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInspections Reporting Risk information Universities

Anticipating danger is crucial in assessing the risk factor of an area. Some dangers cannot be found with the human eye or without very close inspection. It is therefore important to implement alternative techniques to assess and identify risk. One site achieved this level of inspection through the below example: Together with Cambridge University the site has developed and has…


Reducing emissions for tool delivery

Published 8 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMinimised fuel use Travel plans

Any attempts to reduce carbon emissions are hugely helpful towards protecting the environment. Finding ways to reduce transportation can be beneficial for many reasons including cutting back on carbon emissions and fuel. The below example shows how one site achieved this: Tool hire company vehicle travel distances are avoided by the use of the e-pod facility which is set up in…