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Raising Money to Construct Buildings in Uganda

Published 13 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCharities/organisations Goodwill

Raising money for national and international charities helps raise goodwill in the community and makes a meaningful impact on the world. This company took their charitable activities abroad and used their skills to offer practical assistance to people in need. See the examples below for how the company achieved this: Raised £32,500 through charity dinners to build a new mill…


Emergency procedures: GPS identification card

Published 20 July 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency procedures

The safety of your workforce is paramount and a risk assessment and emergency plan should be regularly updated. Emergency procedures should be implemented and effectively communicated to your workforce. Below is an example of how sites can use GPS cards to locate emergency situations: All management staff and resident liaison officers carried a credit card sized GPS/3G identification card; This card could…


Face Fit Mask Stations

Published 13 July 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks PPE

Securing the wellbeing of your workforce is essential. This is important when certain activities result in air contamination through dust or fumes. Measures to minimise the hazards to operatives should be actively sought and encouraged on site. Below is an example of how sites can protect their workers from breathing in harmful substances: All operatives were provided with free face fit mask…


Proactively supporting your workforce: Trauma Risk Management

Published 1 July 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesManagement attitudes Occupational health risks Stress

Work-related stress effects a significant number of people within the construction industry. It is important that site managers take a proactive approach to tackle this issue and provide appropriate support for staff. Below is an example of how sites can support the workforce: Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) is a trauma focused peer support system, which builds resilience by basing itself on keeping…


Recognising and Addressing the Issue of Worker Fatigue

Published 30 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRest Worker fatigue

It is essential that the health and wellbeing of your workforce is taken into consideration and that your workers feel valued and well looked after. Site management should identify potential aspects that may negatively impact employees wellbeing or their ability to effectively perform tasks and implement measures to offset these. Below is an example of how a site ensured the wellbeing…


Using battery powered cutters

Published 25 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
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Sites should consider their impact on the community, environment and workforce and look for ways to reduce or balance any negative issues.  An assessment of the working environment should take place before the project commences, to appropriately assess the risks and identify the procedures required to effectively and safely fulfil the project. Below is an example of how a site adapted equipment to accommodate…


Utilising technology on site to make safety improvements

Published 24 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReporting

Technology can provide a great aid for construction sites. Technology allows methods to be adopted that previously were unavailable, helping to secure the safety of operatives, through identifying safety hazards and developing methods to offset these. Below is an example of how a site utilised technology on site: A helmet mounted camera system was adopted for real time technical inspections while work…


Controlling noisy work: Cutting chamber

Published 24 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesNoise

The nature of construction work can be noisy and disruptive to the surrounding community. Loud work is often unavoidable, however the time and way these practices are conducted can be monitored and controlled to cause as little disruption as possible. Below is an example of how noisy work can be controlled on site: A new cutting chamber was introduced; It…


Contributing to local businesses

Published 23 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBenefits Businesses Local shop

Sites should embrace the project as an opportunity to leave a positive lasting impression within the community. Giving back to and supporting the local community, helps to promote the considerate nature and the positive image of the industry. Below is an example of how sites can contribute to local businesses: Employees spending money in local shops placed their receipts in…


Communicating information to your workforce via canteen table tops

Published 23 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCanteen Posters

Your workforce should be constantly informed and reminded of any developments, hazards and safety information around site.   New and engaging ways to communicate information to your workforce should be actively sought. Below is an example of how sites have displayed important messages in the canteen area: Clear perspex covers over the canteen table tops were introduced; A range of information/support notices were placed underneath to…


Sun protection in the workplace: UV bracelets

Published 22 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Weather protection

Construction work can pose a number of health and safety risks. It is the responsibility of not only management but also operatives  to take precautions to safeguard themselves from the hazards posed on site. A significant proportion of construction work is performed outside, with operatives exposed to different types of weather conditions. During the summer months, the workforce needs to be…


Raising environmental awareness amongst primary school children

Published 19 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAwareness Local shop Schools Universities

It is important to protect and preserve the natural environment. Construction sites can utilise their knowledge and skills of protecting the environment to engage with children, to pass on their experience to the younger generation and raise awareness of important environmental issues. Below is an example of how a site has raised awareness amongst the younger generation: To raise awareness…


Minimising the requirement for staff to access live railways

Published 18 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInspections Protected and controlled access

Risks to operative’s safety should be carefully monitored and minimised as much as possible. Due to the nature of construction work, a number of hazards are presented to operatives on a daily basis. It is the responsibility of site managers and operatives alike to identify and minimise these potential risks to safeguard everyone working on site. Below is an example…


Ensuring everyone understands their role on site using ‘project information cards’

Published 17 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWorkforce information

Everyone on site should understand their role and how this fits in with the overall project. This encourages better working practices and results, as well as a building a team spirit on site. One site achieved this by handing out an operative card after each induction: A project information card was produced; The card was plastic and credit card sized…


Effective Communication on Site: Text messaging Service

Published 17 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSupervision

Effective communication is essential to ensure a safe site. Everyone working on the project should be kept up to date and any changes, risks or hazards should be made clear. This will help to ensure that everyone is fully aware of any potential site dangers and allows individuals to best prepare and safeguard their own wellbeing. Below is a simple but…