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Super Hoist for Reducing Working at Height

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Supervision Working methods

A super hoist was employed on the project to install ceiling mounted fan coil units to all six floors of the refurbishment. Health and safety issues that were identified while reviewing the installation methodology of the units were predominately in relation to work at height and manual handling, i.e. how to safely install an FCU approx. 1m x 1m x…


GPS Display on Excavators

Published 19 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Initiatives Risk information Vehicle enhancements

The large excavators on MPact-Thales are able to use GPS to maintain line and level control. Alongside the excavation model, MPact-Thales have developed a method for importing the utilities AutoCAD model into the excavator’s GPS display enabling operators to have a clear visualisation of the services within the areas they are working. These serve as a constant reminder of the…


Bar Code Waste Management

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesImplementation Management policy Monitoring Policy Reduce Site environmental plan

Focusing on waste reduction, the contractor has introduced a bar code scanning system for all trade contractors on their own designated waste. Trade contractors have a number of waste bins allocated to them and the usage is permanently monitored through the bar code system alerting the contractor if over usage is occurring. Financial penalties are given out if agreed waste…


Zero Carbon Satellite Welfare Cabins

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Energy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Minimised energy use Minimised fuel use

Zero carbon satellite welfare cabins are helping to lower the project’s carbon footprint. Instead of the traditional diesel units, solar PV panels on the roof generate sufficient power to charge the batteries and a hydrogen fuel cell provides a backup. This is their first use on a Highways project and the initial trials of two cabins have proved very successful….


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Technology

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAwareness Management policy Monitoring Site environmental plan

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping technology is being used to manage the environmental risks and visually present them to all project and supply chain staff, along with relevant links to data, documents and photographs. They plan to add in data on sensitive areas, including residents with special needs and technical information such as services, utilities and soil classification. To find…


Safer Method for Attaching Concrete

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Working methods

The detail of the method of attaching the top of the concrete ‘skin’ to the existing concrete wall has been revised to reduce working at height and Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). The original designed detail was to break out the existing wall to create a key for the tie in to make it water tight. The site team developed…


Using Datascope to Assign RAMS to Operatives

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Barriers Protected and controlled access Signing in Signing out

Datascope assigning RAMs to operatives – once inducted operatives review their RAMs with a supervisor using a tablet. They then sign using their finger print which attributes the RAMs to them and permits access to site up to the RAMs expiry date. If these expire before being reviewed, the operative is barred access to the work area until a review…


Respitory Protective Equipment for Welding Activities

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPPE Risk information Safety plan updated Working methods

Following research that exposure to mild steel welding fumes can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans, the site enforced mandatory use of full face air-line RPE for all welding activities. To find out more, click the link below.


Bespoke Safety Course

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Risk information Training Training Workforce consultation Workforce information

BAM Nuttall had identified a need to increase awareness of exclusion zones and safe zones. Research was carried out but neither the CITB nor recognised training agencies can provide the specialist resources that the company required. Site staff then set about determining the course content and the facilities required to create their own course. A one-day course was developed, aimed…


Roadmender Pothole Repair Machinery

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMinimised energy use Minimised fuel use Reduce Sustainable solutions Unloading

The site is using Roadmender pothole repair machinery which eliminates the need to take material to the tip through reusing it. The repair lasts longer so it is more efficient and there is less delay and disruption to the public. A 90% reduction in carbon footprint has been quoted for this method.


Monthly Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Toolbox Talks

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesConsultation Diversity Equality Feedback Inclusion Minority groups Religious considerations

All site and office based staff complete a monthly toolbox talk about equality, diversity and inclusion. Themes have included disability, LGBT+ and religion. To date, 1500 members of the team have participated. Videos, games, quizzes and presentations are just some of the formats used to date. Tool Box Talks have taken us from 4% to 80% Equality Diversity Inclusion training…


Considerate Constructors Scheme Work Experience Booklet

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Placements Training

The regional Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) champion has developed a booklet for work experience placements based around CCS, and this is being used on this site as a pilot for the work experience placement. It promotes the benefits of CCS to those considering entry into the industry and ties into question 2.4 of the Monitor’s Checklist: ‘Is the site actively…


Efficient Alternative to Individual Lighting Towers

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Lighting Minimised energy use Minimised fuel use

Sites that are not on a mains electricity supply often use individual lighting towers, each powered by a single generator, to provide lighting to site compounds etc. This can result in relatively high fuel use and associated carbon emissions. Volker Fitzpatrick chose instead to install a number of second hand street lighting columns, fitted with LED lights, linked to the…


Hybrid Energy Concrete Crusher

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHybrid/electric plant Minimised energy use Noise Sustainable solutions

Concrete is crushed on site using a hybrid crusher, which results in lower carbon emissions and reduced fuel consumption. Noise levels are also lower when running on electric power, an advantage when working in towns, cities and residential areas.


Efficient Spill Clean Up

Published 19 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHazardous substance storage Spill control

Morgan Sindall have trialled more efficient methods of managing spill clean up. One method was using Spill Hound. Spill Hound is built around a modified wheelie bin which includes a storage unit, brush, shovel, filter sieve, and unique absorption granules. The granules are made from a naturally occurring fibre that has been chemically modified to recover both oil and water-based…