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Ideal Candidate Workbook

Published 6 August 2018 | Written by Kirsty Allan
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Personal development

Robertson Group has been focusing heavily on encouraging people into construction. As part of this we have run numerous employability skills sessions. We found that presenting on how to create the perfect CV and prepare for an interview was useful but ultimately did not leave a lasting impression. We therefore created The Ideal Candidate workbook to compliment these sessions. The…


Cycling initiative – Staying Alive @ 1.5!

Published 3 August 2018 | Written by Alan Cawley
CategoriesAttitudes Behaviour Cycle safety

Due to increased motoring costs, traffic congestion and the use of bike to work schemes there has been a huge increase in the amount of cyclists using the roads. The Staying alive at 1.5 stickers were incorporated into a Tool Box Talk at the PDM Plant Upgrade Project and was issued to the workforce promoting the virtues of not overtaking…


Providing Safe Access to Construction Floors

Published 1 August 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Protected and controlled access

Ensuring the safety of operatives is of paramount importance on all sites. See the example below for how one site addressed this: Design changes were carried out to stairwell walls within apartment blocks which allowed for the installation of precast concrete staircases fitted with permanent handrails to be erected. This provided immediate progressive safe access to construct floors above without…


Brake Testing Machine

Published 25 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInspections Mobile machinery Traffic management

One of the key causes of fatalities on construction sites is vehicle and plant movement. Regularly maintaining and checking vehicles on site is essential to a comprehensive safety policy. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: To ensure all large machinery brakes are working the site implemented brake testing on all rubber wheeled plant, including articulated dumpers,…


Temporary ‘trapdoor’ to reduce plasterboard manual handling

Published 25 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBehaviour Working methods

Repetitive manual handling causes stress on the body and can lead to severe health problems in later life. Sites should do all they can to minimise operatives’ manual handling to secure their safety. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: The site created and implemented a high-quality temporary ‘trapdoor’ that has been produced and installed in all…


Monthly focus on key industry issues

Published 25 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBullying Harassment Inappropriate language Toolbox Talk

All those working on site should feel welcome and not be subject to foul, offensive or inappropriate language. See the examples below for how one site addressed the issue of language: The site has introduced a ‘Monthly Spotlight’ on important issues. The current focus is on foul, offensive or inappropriate language on site and the effect this can have on…


Bluetooth Sensors to Monitor Traffic

Published 25 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPublic diversions Timings Traffic management Traffic marshal

Traffic alterations as a consequence of works can pose a safety risk when drivers are faced with disruption to their routines and sites should manage traffic issues appropriately. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The local council was concerned with traffic flow passing the works, which was controlled by temporary traffic lights. The site team sourced…


Mobile Lane Barrier and Road Rake

Published 25 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBarriers Roads Vehicle enhancements

Highways works propose unique risks to workers due to their proximity to dangerous areas and measures should be taken to minimise these risks. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site implemented two measures to improve safety during highways works. The Road Rake clears up debris mechanically, eliminating the need for carriageway crossings, live lane working…


Smart Metering System for Temporary Electrics and Water

Published 25 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnvironmental policy promoted Monitoring Site environmental plan

Environmental impact can never be effectively managed if consumption is not accurately monitored. See the examples below for how one Ultra Site achieved this: The site introduced a smart metering system to automatically read, record and send monthly energy and water consumption data to the sustainability team and project management team so they can monitor the cost and efficiency of running the site;…


Giant Tetrahedron Challenge

Published 20 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Diversity Equality Schools

Construction has an infamous gender imbalance which the industry needs to redress. Working with young women can help tackle false perceptions of the industry and promote construction careers. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site supported the local council’s Women in Engineering and STEM event for secondary school aged females. The site team delivered a…


Tags for Protective Barriers and Fencing

Published 20 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesActual vs target Monitoring Site environmental plan

Shielding sensitive environmental receptors is crucial to protecting the local environment and leaving a positive legacy. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Similar to ‘scafftags’, the site team procured tags for attachment to protective barriers and fencing that isolate environmentally-sensitive areas and features from site activity. These tags can also be used by management to record…


Leaving a legacy through constructing bird and seal hides

Published 9 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBirds Improvement Legacy Universities Wildlife

Large-scale projects should work with the local community to ensure the project leaves a positive legacy on the surrounding environment. See the examples below for how a flood alleviation scheme achieved this: The site team approached several universities, including Teesside, Northumbria, Leeds and Leeds Beckett to provide designs for a seal hide. Originally the idea of the seal hide came…


Biometric Solutions for Security

Published 9 July 2018 | Written by Heidi Salmons
CategoriesSigning in Signing out Site specific induction

The traditional signing in book has become an archaic method of knowing who is on site due to the potential for missing or wrong information. Biometric solutions vastly improve security as fingerprints are truly unique passwords, however, as construction sites aren’t the cleanest of environments, the Biosite system has been developed to be able to read and process a match…


Zero Emissions Dumper

Published 9 July 2018 | Written by Farid Zadeh
CategoriesGreen purchasing Minimised fuel use

In order to contribute to zero emissions, the site implemented the use of an electric dumper. The dumper aided in clearing site waste and distributing materials. This also aided with reducing manual handling by using the dumper to transport materials within the building, without giving off any harmful fumes. To find out more about the dumper, click the link below.


Using a drone to measure stockpile levels

Published 9 July 2018 | Written by Sandra Evenden
CategoriesWorking methods

Sisk have employed an Ariel mapping company to continually monitor and quantify stockpile levels within a storage area used to hold good materials for use on future schemes. Air hound are a new company offering services which are traditionally carried out by engineers which can be carried out by small aircraft safer and more efficiently and often more accurately than…