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Arts-Based Mental Health Therapy Project

Published 1 August 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity engagement Mental health

Mental health is one of the most pressing issues facing the construction industry today. Contractors should do all they can to demonstrate their commitment to helping those in need, whether among the workforce or in the local community. See the examples below for how one site approached this: The site was located near the mental health wards at a local…


Visual and Hearing Impairment Helmet Stickers

Published 24 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDisadvantaged and minority groups support Hidden disabilities support

It is important for the safety of all involved on a construction site that those with visual and hearing impairments are clearly identified. This will ensure operatives and site management make the necessary accommodations for their needs. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Provided stickers for visual and hearing impaired operatives to attach to their clothing…


PPE Shoulder Bag

Published 11 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAppropriate workforce appearance PPE

To maintain a professional appearance, construction sites should require the workforce to remove their PPE when leaving site. However, this rule can be hard to enforce and sites should look for ways to incentive operatives to care about their appearance. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Project branded draw string shoulder bags are provided to all…


Project Information App

Published 11 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAdvance notice of disruptive works Communication of any expected disruptive works Company and out of hours contact information provided Regular updates of progress Social media

Construction sites should endeavour to keep residents updated with all relevant information to minimise the potential for disruption. This is particularly the case when a site is located in a busy area; these sites must look beyond the traditional newsletter approach to keeping residents informed. See the examples below for how one site near London Liverpool Street station approached this:…


Career Pathway Poster Campaign

Published 11 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPromoting construction as a career choice Signage

With an impending skills shortage, it is vital that the construction industry makes a concerted effort to attract new recruits. One of the most effective ways of promoting construction careers is through poster campaigns. See the examples below for how one site developed this concept: Rather than use standard format posters, the site team developed their own poster campaign to…


Noise Monitoring Equipment

Published 11 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesNoise

Occupational health risks are a major concern for the construction industry and sites should be making every effort to ensure their workers’ safety. The main risks involved in construction work are exposure to excessive dust and noise. See the examples below for how one site addressed noise levels: The site worked with a local specialist sound monitoring company (PULSAR) to…


Flexi Flag

Published 11 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesColleges and universities Cycle safety

While working in busy urban centres, contractors must minimise dangers posed to the public. This is particularly the case for drivers, who must be aware of vulnerable road users. See the examples below for how one site tackled this issue: The company launched a competition for design students at Nottingham Trent University to design a system to improve safety for…


Sight Line for the Partially Sighted and Street Works App

Published 10 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDisability and special needs facilities Identify potential impacted communities Visitor access and facilities

Construction sites should take extra precautions to ensure that partially sighted local residents and wheelchair users are aware of the works and do not put themselves in danger. See the examples below for how some sites have addressed this: Street Works Info is a system for signing and guarding street works sites that communicates extra information to pedestrians, particularly those…


Dust Suppression Unit

Published 26 June 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDust Landscaping

Dust is a constant issue on construction sites, and one that must be minimised to reduce impact on residents and reduce health risks to operatives. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Adapted a vehicle and developed a ‘Dust Suppression Unit’ in partnership with their small road cleaning company. The vehicle pumps a large volume of water…


Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic

Published 26 June 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon reduction

Tunnelling works such as those involved in the London Underground extension can pose a number of logistical concerns and safety risks. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Used Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) in concrete invert reinforcement bases at the step plate junction. GFRP reinforcement is 75% lighter than traditional steel reinforcement. The weight reduction reduced…


Protected Tree Root Survey

Published 16 June 2017 | Written by Rob McCarthy
CategoriesIdentification of flora, fauna and natural resources Involvement Protection of existing natural habitat

A protected tree was identified as being at risk from the construction of the Northern Line Extension ventilation Shaft site at Kennington Green. In addition the Ailanthus altissima (or Tree of Heaven) had particular value to local residents providing screening to their properties and ecological interest. In order to fully assess the likely impacts on the tree and the potential…