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Use of Local Suppliers

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesProducts sourced locally Tracking and recording of local contribution achieved

The site team has been concentrating on using sub-contractors and suppliers from the local area. The contractor originally intended to use a timber and aluminium hybrid window produced by Senior Architectural Systems (SAS) in the construction process. However, local licensed companies were unable to produce this system without jeopardising trade with existing customers, so the company successfully changed the specification…


Smart4Life Digivans

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesNewsletters

The site was instrumental in the company fitting out a van with computers and digital equipment under a venture called Smart4Life. The van is stationed near the site for a day and manned by site staff. The local residents are allowed free use of the equipment and help is given with job applications and CV writing. Advance information on the…


Weatherproof Paper

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReduced use of single use plastics

The site has decided not to use laminated notices due to the fact that these cannot be recycled. Instead, all notices that would ordinarily be laminated are printed on paper that has recycled plastic within it. The sheets look like ordinary paper but have a similar consistency as new sterling notes. They are also recyclable. To find out more, click…


National Apprenticeship Week Inspired Video

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPromoting construction as a career choice Support for careers advice Workforce development plans

This Berkeley site has been the driving force behind the production of a hit YouTube video based on their involvement in this year’s National Apprenticeship Week. This #NAW2019 themed video aims to inspire any young people potentially considering a career or apprenticeship within the construction industry. The site has been recognised by the Royal Borough of Greenwich as the best…


Turning Plastic Waste into Building Materials

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReduced use of single use plastics

There has been a distinct practice to reduce and try to eliminate single-use plastics, which involves turning plastic waste into ecobricks. Personal use sized commercial water bottles are used to collect waste, and are filled with plastic film from traditional sources such as empty crisp packets, food wrap, plastic bags and many other sources to achieve a specified weight and…


Monitoring Dust, Heat and Humidity

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWorkplace dust monitoring

A member of the site team has designed and constructed a small, lightweight, battery powered device to monitor airborne dust generated in close proximity to potentially offending works. It can also be adapted to monitor heat and relative humidity. Via a telephone link, it sends an alarm or notification to a designated member of the management team if inappropriate levels…


Stop Knocking Alert

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesNoise

This is an alert system designed by the site team which allows the client (BBC) to alert the site if any activity is interfering with a filming schedule. The site is divided into colour zones; the alarm in the area causing nuisance will flash and vibrate (it is not an audible alarm by design). Work will then cease until the…


Occucare

Published 16 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess to health practitioners and counselling services Health and wellbeing

Overbury and Mace have both introduced ‘Occucare’ on their sites to protect the health and wellbeing of their workforce. Occucare is a one of a kind, 24/7 healthcare service offered to all personnel working on site, as well as their family members. Occucare is a free phone line that connects to medically qualified professionals when you have any health-related issues….


QR Codes on Site Machinery

Published 16 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControls and expected behaviours

Both Robertson Construction and Careys Civil Engineering have developed an innovative checking system for plant safety. With the steady increase in plant and mechanical equipment being used on site, ensuring each item was properly maintained, tested and driven was easily overlooked. Certificates of compliance accompany the plant, giving all relevant details of testing, dates of validity and more. In addition,…


Adapted Excavator Bucket

Published 8 April 2019 | Written by Jane Elder
CategoriesRisk assessments

This bucket adaptation was developed to deal with several issues relating to health and safety. It also reduced waste and improved quality. The concrete lorry was able to discharge directly into the bucket and from there, the concrete would be placed accurately into the foundation. The design of the bucket meant that the chute could be directed exactly where the…


Healthy Communities Programme

Published 8 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity engagement Diet Schools and nurseries

Esh Construction came up with the Healthy Communities idea when awarded a project which comprised of the construction of three new football hubs. The construction project itself is to promote healthier living within the local communities and encourage residents to get involved in grassroots football through first class sports facilities. The theme of Healthy Communities was to introduce the new…


Site Access Lights and Hold Point

Published 8 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControlled access Risk assessments

In an effort to change the way we approach health and safety on Project 622 at John Radcliffe Hospital, we have created a way to make sure that work never begins on an unsafe site. Using the Access Light System and the access gate to the live site area, in the morning before work has begun, the site is set…


High Frequency Word Fans: ‘Dyslexia and Visual Stress’ Campaign

Published 2 April 2019 | Written by Holly Lewis
CategoriesDisadvantaged and minority groups support Literacy and numeracy support Workforce development plans

It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have dyslexia in the UK, so we wanted to take a look at how we could help operatives who have dyslexia or suffer with visual stress. By introducing the ‘Dyslexia and Visual Stress’ Campaign, we have been able to develop several ways in which we can support our site operatives. One way…


Rooting Around to Protect Trees

Published 2 April 2019 | Written by Madeline Stoneman
CategoriesLandscaping

TPMD is delivering a unique, tailored approach to caring for trees in proximity to its working sites. Using NJUG’s best practice guidelines as its starter, the HSEQ Manager is working with each site to look at individual tree types and root patterns, along with the possible impacts and mitigation of root damage. Working across Thanet on Southern Water’s major sewer…


Using Digital Business Cards to Reduce Waste

Published 12 March 2019 | Written by Hayley Newman
CategoriesConserve of resources

As part of their commitment to reducing waste, in 2019, Willmott Dixon Interiors brought the humble business card into the 21st Century by going digital. The cards, made from 100% recyclable PVC, have an embedded NFC chip offering a ‘tap and scan’ feature. When the card is activated, a branded page appears with a link to the Willmott Dixon Interiors…