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GPS Display on Excavators

Published 19 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRisk assessments

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
CategoriesWaste management

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 Conserve of energy

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 Mapping Technology

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesModern methods of construction

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…


Using Datascope to Assign RAMS to Operatives

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControlled access

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…


Bespoke Safety Course

Published 10 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesConsultation on health and safety Risk assessments Training plans

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
CategoriesConserve of energy

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 Disadvantaged and minority groups support Feedback

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
CategoriesSupport for careers advice Training plans

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
CategoriesAdequate lighting Conserve of energy

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…


Efficient Spill Clean Up

Published 19 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSpill prevention

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…


Inmate Work Trial

Published 12 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDisadvantaged and minority groups support

Farrans Construction recently facilitated a work trial for an inmate who was serving the final weeks of his sentence. This was organised with the warden and education staff at HMP Maghaberry and Niacro, a voluntary organisation which aims to reduce crime and its impact on people and communities. Farrans Construction first met with the inmate on three occasions. He then began the…


Welfare for Wellbeing

Published 5 August 2019 | Written by Roxanne Thorpe
CategoriesCanteen Mental health

Psychological studies have shown that being exposed to nature is one of the most important health buffers for both physical and mental wellbeing. Research found individuals exposed to images of nature had the same positive effects as those who were close to woodlands, rivers and green/natural spaces. The effects include reduced anxiety, depression and stress. It also increased engagement and…


Datascope Digital Daily Activity Briefings

Published 28 January 2019 | Written by Fin O'Sullivan
CategoriesToolbox talks and daily briefings Workforce

The One Crown Place (OCP) project in London is currently using a digital daily activity briefings (DAB) board in partnership with Datascope to communicate daily activities in a faster cleaner, way. On previous projects this was done with marker pens and paper, then photographed and emailed out to trades which was time consuming. We have used this on previous projects…


Report It Safety App for Trades

Published 28 January 2019 | Written by Fin O'Sullivan
CategoriesEmergency preparedness

At Mace, we are keen to engage with our workforce and to pursue better methods in all areas of construction, especially when it comes to health and safety. At the One Crown Place project based in Broadgate, we have launched a safety app that our trades can use to simply speak up, and report issues on site via their own…