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Retractable safety curtain for public protection during vehicle unloading

Published 26 January 2018 | Written by Lucy Shirley
CategoriesBarriers Boundary security CLOCS Falling debris Safety signage

In recognition of our CLOCS Champion status, on our 1-9 Seymour Street project, situated a short distance from London’s Marble Arch, the team devised an innovative, fire retardant, retractable safety curtain. The site is located on an extremely tight footprint, with no off-site loading/unloading areas. The curtain therefore serves as a protection barrier between the highway unloading point and the…


Donation of Briquette Makers

Published 4 September 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCharities/organisations Goodwill Schools Sustainable solutions

Sites should strive to work closely with their local community and engage them with the project to show a positive image of the construction industry. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site donated briquette makers to a local charity (Springboard) which supports the development of sustainable communities. Briquettes are blocks of compressed coal dust, charcoal, sawdust,…


Portable Emissions Monitoring

Published 29 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Carbon footprint reporting Mobile machinery

Air pollution is a huge concern for major cities in the UK, particularly London. Non-road mobile machinery is responsible for approximately 10% of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter emissions in London, so construction sites should be particularly conscious of their impact on the environment. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site was aware that there…


Creating a Beach for the Public

Published 29 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBusinesses Public Residents

Acts of goodwill go a long way towards fostering positive relationships between construction sites and their community. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site donated 20 tonnes of non-toxic sand to create a beach area for the public to enjoy. They also provided table tennis tables around town as part of the summer ‘Ping’ event….


Rejuvenating the Local Community

Published 29 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBusinesses Community liaison Legacy

Sites should always be mindful of situations in their local community and take appropriate steps to mitigate any issues that are raised by local residents. A construction project has the potential to leave lasting legacy by supporting the local community. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Local residents complained to the community liaison officer regarding a…


New Backfill Material

Published 29 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReduce Sustainable solutions

Sites should always be on the lookout for ways to minimise their impact on the environment. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: By using a new backfill material called Dämmer – Das Original, which is designed for the filling-in of boreholes and for underground stabilisation. This initiative saved £60,000 and 125 lorry loads of backfill, eliminating the…


Personal Proximity Sensor

Published 29 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesVehicle enhancements Working methods

On a busy site, collisions between operatives and plant machinery are a constant danger. It is difficult for both parties to be constantly aware of the other’s presence, so efforts must be made to prevent collisions. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site trialled a personal proximity sensor which acts as an anti-collision device. The…


Clean Construction Code

Published 29 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks

The health and wellbeing of the workforce should be a main priority for construction sites. Occupational health risks are particularly important in this industry, and sites must demonstrate a clear commitment to creating a safe work environment. See the examples below for how one site tackled this issue: Developed a Clean Construction Code, in conjunction with the WELL Standard, which…


Digital Pressure Tester

Published 18 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInspections Reporting

Gas installation works requires careful measurement of pressure to minimise safety risks and ensure the project is delivered successfully. Northern Gas Networks worked with ControlPoint to develop a system using wherever possible existing proprietary equipment and software. The system was simple pressure test equipment for both 100 & 350mbar application. The pressure test equipment connects to a smartphone, with an app to control the pressure test process and send data real-time to a…


3D Video Model of the Site

Published 17 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesApprenticeships Campaigns Schools

Encouraging the next generation to enter the construction industry requires showcasing all the great things about the sector. Using new technology will help engage and inspire the future workforce. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site developed a 3D video model of the first floor of the new building, which is an extension for a…


Re-using tar bound materials

Published 15 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHazardous substance storage Re-use Sustainable solutions

Sites must take necessary measures to minimise their negative impact on the environment. Contractors should seek methods of reducing waste and re-using materials where possible. See the examples below for how one road surfacing project achieved this: The tarmac roads needing resurfacing across the region had been tested and specialist advice sought to establish which roads contained tar bound materials,…


Drapes warning of live electrics work

Published 1 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Protected and controlled access Safety signage

Dangerous areas on site should be clearly marked to prevent accident or injury caused by someone being unprepared. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Lightweight curtains/drapes have been installed at the entrance to all internal areas with live electrics. The drapes are printed with a clear warning and hang below head height so they cannot be…


Crane grab system for positioning steel stanchions

Published 1 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWorking methods

Rail construction projects can be particularly dangerous for operatives and efforts must be made to minimise the risk of injury. See the examples below for how one site conducting electrification of a rail network addressed this: The site team developed a piece of equipment designed to ‘grab’ a steel stanchion, lift it off the rail truck, turn it through 90…


Carbon Coach Programme

Published 1 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesTraining Workforce

Environmental considerations must be at the heart of modern construction work, but it can be difficult to digest this complex information. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Esh Build received funding from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to produce a ‘Carbon Coach’ online training course for young construction workers. The course, largely aimed at apprentices,…


Company-wide safety philosophy

Published 1 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBehaviour Communicate initiatives Site specific induction Site-specific induction

Operative safety must be a top priority for contractors, with efforts made to disseminate relevant information and provide adequate training. See the examples below for one site’s comprehensive approach to this: The project intends to encourage all employees to act as responsible creative individuals, rather than just simply following instructions. The company developed a series of ‘Next Gear’ safety videos….