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Using 360 degree cameras on site

Published 12 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInspection Routes Site specific induction Traffic management

Using new technology can enable construction sites to better address safety concerns. Photography in particular can be a useful tool to record progress, map the site and share images with others. See the examples below for how one site developed this use of photography: Used a 360 degree camera, the Ricoh Theta S, which can record high resolution panoramic images…


Orchard Map

Published 12 May 2017 | Written by Cathal Ward
CategoriesAwareness Local materials Recreation

Loughborough STEMLab is located in the heart of a fruit trail that allows access to a wide selection of edible fruit. The ‘Fruit Route’ on campus is around 1km long with over 54 different varieties of edible fruit. By distributing a copy of the local Orchard Map to the site, operatives are given the chance to see what type of…


Environmental workshops in schools

Published 12 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAwareness Post-completion impact Schools

The problems facing our environment are one of the most pressing issues facing modern society. It is vital that industries like construction, which have the potential to cause pollution, be aware of their environmental impact. The younger generation must also be educated about the environment so they are aware of their own impact. See the examples below for how one…


Planting a tree for every new employee

Published 7 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Goodwill work Trees

Construction sites are increasingly aware of their impact on the environment and the carbon footprint of their activities. With this in mind, efforts have been made to offset carbon emissions, for example through tree planting initiatives. See the examples below for how one site implemented this initiative: The company pledged to donate one tree for every new employee. The employee…


Reducing energy usage on heating

Published 4 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDrying Energy saving measures Minimised energy use

Construction sites need to be aware of their impact on the environment and do all they can to minimise their energy usage. See the examples below for how one project building a halls of residence addressed this: Installed a blower heater system connected to the main heating source of the university and linked to the new rising service supplies of…


Making a carving from a felled tree

Published 27 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGoodwill Legacy

Construction work can cause a great deal of disruption for the local community. Contractors should be considerate towards their neighbours, and make efforts to improve relationships with their community. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Site worked with a local woodcarver to produce a carving from a huge felled tree. The carving represented links to the…


Banner pen displaying safety rules

Published 27 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesVisitor information Workforce information

All personnel on a construction site must be made aware of safety protocols. This should be done in a clear and engaging manner to ensure people understand the safety information. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: Freely distributed pens with an image of the project and a pull out banner measuring around 100mm by 50mm. One…


‘Connecting Our People’ Initiative

Published 27 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBenefits Inclusion

A considerate employer cares about the wellbeing of their workforce. This includes providing welfare facilities, ensuring health and safety, and fostering a welcoming site community. Many sites have initiatives to improve team working and reinforcing social interaction between operatives. See the examples below for this site’s innovative approach to workforce interaction: The ‘Connecting Our People’ initiative requires everyone to complete…


Carbon sequestration initiative

Published 27 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Planting

Climate change is an issue which affects us all, and construction sites must be mindful of their contribution to this process. Specifically, sites should monitor their carbon emissions and make efforts to reduce and offset these emissions where possible. See the examples below for how one site addressed this issue: Implemented a carbon sequestration initiative, which refers to carbon capture…


‘Time to talk’ sessions

Published 27 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCounselling services Mental health Stress

Mental health is a vital issue in the construction industry. Considerate employers who value their workforce will prioritise mental wellbeing alongside physical health. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: Introduced weekly ‘time to talk’ sessions, with a psychologist visiting the site once a week. Operatives were encouraged to discuss mental health and any stress-related issues with…


Hazard board fingerprint system

Published 27 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBehaviour Hazard board Workforce information

All sites must ensure operatives are aware of site health and safety policy and notified of daily hazards. While most sites display this information, it can be difficult to ensure that operatives are reading and taking in the information. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Installed a biometric fingerprint recognition system at the turnstile to the…


Safety hazard QR codes

Published 27 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesIdentification of near misses Risk information Workforce information

Construction sites are full of potential hazards, and contractors must take appropriate measures to ensure these are clearly identified. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: QR codes are posted around the site to enable operatives with smartphones to access information on all site hazards. The hazard information is displayed visually in 360 degrees. Operatives can report…


Interactive Safety Induction Video

Published 26 April 2017 | Written by James Low
CategoriesSite specific induction Site-specific induction Training

It is essential that health and safety issues are thoroughly addressed during the induction process, as this ensures the safety of all those on site. However, it can be hard to make this message memorable and ensure operatives pay attention to vital safety details. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site worked with a multimedia…


Schools innovation challenge

Published 19 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Schools

In order to move forward and face the challenges confronting the sector, the construction industry needs to think of new ways to improve how projects are delivered. Working with the local community can help bring a new perspective to developing these ideas, while at the same time fostering positive community relations. See the examples below for how one site approached this: Invited…


Ipsos MORI driver survey

Published 13 April 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesClients Consultants Feedback/questionnaires Public survey

It is essential that construction sites are mindful of their impact on the community, especially when the works involve a great deal of disruption. For instance, road improvement schemes can cause inconvenience to people in the local area. See the examples below for how one highway site addressed this: Highways England commissioned the independent polling body Ipsos MORI to carry…