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Waterproof Membrane Installer Trailblazer Apprenticeship

Published 7 September 2020 | Written by Keely Warren
CategoriesPlan to positively promote construction Support for careers advice Training plans

This company is committed to helping meet the industry’s need for a multi-skilled and qualified workforce, by bridging the skills gap through the development and delivery of a wide range of training courses. This includes its award-winning apprenticeship, the ‘Waterproof Membranes Installer’ qualification as part of the Government’s Trailblazer initiative. Prior to the introduction of this apprenticeship, there was no…


Using Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Drivers with Construction Trainees

Published 7 September 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesContinuing professional development Engagement and commitment from the workforce

Adopting educational teaching methodology for construction trainees using Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) drivers as a guiding principle for the training framework developed with liaison with teaching professionals. This is part of the curriculum being adapted to use in the training of apprentices and for the development of an improved mental health culture on site. The principle consists of: Social:…


Tracking Systems for Monitoring the Movements of the Existing Bridge Deck

Published 7 September 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControlled access

The contractor has utilised a combination of two tracking systems for monitoring the movements of the existing bridge deck during works to replace and widen an existing rail bridge with minimal disruption to the rail networks. The project required the replacement of a railway overbridge structure. As part of this, the clear span was to be increased from 17.50m to…


Social Hub for Operatives

Published 7 September 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRecreational facilities Rest Suitable/accessible separate facilities

At this current time, the project management team felt that it was crucial for people to feel that a construction site is both a safe and welcoming space. To help achieve this the project erected a marquee. This structure, complete with artificial grass floor and chill out area, with comfortable furniture and plants, provides a social hub for the site….


Self Sanitising Door Handle Covers

Published 7 September 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCleaning and maintenance regime

The project team sourced self-sanitising door handle covers from ‘Purehold’. These were developed for health and care settings and are coated with an anti-bacterial coating that kills germs and reduces risk of infections spreading. The silver ion coating combats against pathogens deposited onto the surface of the handles. This cost effective solution contributes to infection control. An indicator on the…


Reducing Environmental Impact of Implementing a Temporary Car Park

Published 7 September 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEngage with community facilities Post completion impact report Prevention of surface water run-off Water saving measures

A large temporary car park has been formed on the footprint of what will be a sports pitch area. It is designed to be self draining as it is constructed using a gravel filled grid system, set at a level to allow it to be top soiled over as part of the permanent works. This removes the need for double…


Quieter Method of Removing Redundant Existing Piling

Published 7 September 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDust Noise

This company implemented a quieter method of removing redundant existing piling which has a driven enclosure casing sleeve facilitating the pulling of the piles without having to noisily break or excavate them with the advantages of low noise and dust reduction. The traditional method requires additional concrete to be overpoured above the cut off level by the piling contractor. This…


QR Code Signing In System

Published 7 September 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControlled access

The site is trialling a new sign in system using a QR code linked to a website. This is a company developed system and as such enables the company to collect specific data. The message on the QR code poster can be customised and the system has scope to deliver key health and safety information when the user signs in….


PowerCap Infinity Respiratory Protection

Published 7 September 2020 | Written by Gerard Newell
CategoriesPPE

Dust in the workplace is a significant issue. Looking at the HSE figures (2017) we can see that 18,000 new cases of work related respiratory disease were diagnosed and significant proportion of these were a result of exposure to silica. The Ferrovial Construction KAD Substructure project has required and requires a number of operatives to perform activities where dust is…


Improving the Safety of Tower Crane Lifting Operations

Published 7 September 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControls and expected behaviours Emergency preparedness

As the Tower Cranes (TC) became increasingly busy and the concrete frame was growing, it was becoming more apparent the traditional sounder methods used by the slingers, were not meeting the safety needs and an alternative was needed to make the operatives aware a lifting operation was occurring. The squistle was not loud enough and encouraged repetitive hand motions for…


Discussing the Issue of Racism with the Workforce

Published 7 September 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEDI/FIR training Supported by management

The site held a virtual meeting attended by over 150 staff to discuss racism following on the momentum created by the Black Lives Matter movement. The purpose was to educate people regarding the issues around race and to provide the psychological safety to make honest mistakes when talking about race and to learn from them. It was facilitated by the…


132kV Cable Protection Measures

Published 24 August 2020 | Written by Rachael Finlay
CategoriesCarbon offsetting

Our works on the Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA) project involved providing protection measures to a series of fragile high voltage (132kv) cables which one of our new roads has to cross. Preliminary proposals for the protection measures involved a series of steel-reinforced concrete beams spanning an array of reinforced concrete piles. This solution was highly carbon-intensive, and the asset…


Matterport Technology for Progress Reporting

Published 17 August 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRegular updates of progress Reviews and lessons learned Schools and nurseries

This technology creates a ‘digital twin’ of the construction site. Construction progress can be shared with all project stakeholders in particular the school staff, students and parents via a 3D virtual version of the project. The project has been scanned and a virtual version of the job has been uploaded that everyone can “walk around” similar to Google Streetview. This…


Interactive 4D Animation to Show Daily Construction Progress

Published 17 August 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRegular updates of progress Reviews and lessons learned

Creation of an interactive 4D animation that combines the BIM 3D Revit model with the latest animation technology. This model is then linked to the construction programme to inform the user on daily construction progress. This is interrogated by the site team using touch screen technology during daily short interval control meetings to inform construction planning, design issues and clash…


Coronavirus Back to School App and Care Packs

Published 17 August 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSchools and nurseries

All Vale of Glamorgan schools (70+) will be given support on how to operate safely when they re-open through an app designed, piloted and trialled at this project for the Contractor. The app offers general information and examples on how to introduce social distancing, as well as highlighting good practice in a range of scenarios, such as travelling to school,…