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Company Intranet

Published 25 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesE-learning Feedback Intranet

Communication is key in establishing effective working methods and results. A construction project is comprised of many moving parts, responsibilities and teams. It is therefore useful to establish a central and openly accessible platform of information and communication. This will improve the efficiency of working practices and project development as well as creating a more integrated workforce. The examples below…


Thermal imaging camera

Published 3 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInspections

Maintaining a high level of site awareness is crucial to ensure safety. Hot works must be given extra consideration both during and after the activity has completed for the day. There is potential that an unexpected flame could create a fire hazard as well as operatives or visitors being vulnerable to burns. One site demonstrated this by the example below:…


Optima-Life

Published 3 August 2016 | Written by Cathal Ward
CategoriesConsultation Health screening Healthy lifestyle advice

Optima-life works with organisations that are committed to a long-term strategy for their people. Their objective is to provide a service that will ultimately benefit the health and well being of those taking part. The scheme works on a six stage level; Stage 1: An in-depth online questionnaire is distributed to those in the scheme, this monitors Psychology, Productivity, Physiology and…


Snapchat Geo-Filter

Published 3 August 2016 | Written by Cathal Ward
CategoriesColleges Community liaison Pre-start information Programming Public Schools Updates

In a recent PiperJaffray survey, 28% of teenagers consider Snapchat their preferred social network with Instagram falling just slightly behind. Statistics show that Snapchat has over 100 million daily active users, with more accounts created each day. It made sense to use the app as a marketing tool in the Aldercar Community College Site, an area that has a high…


Virtual reality goggles

Published 3 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFeedback/questionnaires Residents Updates

Including the local community in the project is important to raise the image of construction. Providing opportunities to involve the community establishes a considerate and respective relationship. This in turn allows greater communication and co-operation between site and community, improving the image and service of the industry. The below site demonstrates this through the below example: The use of virtual…


Teaching first aid for schools

Published 3 August 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDefibrillators Emergency procedures First Aid Induction and training Schools

Teaching valuable skills benefits both the community and the image of the industry. It is important for the industry to share its knowledge and expertise with local communities. This not only improves the image of construction but transfers valuable skills for any individual’s future. The example below shows how a site encouraged learning about first aid skills amongst the younger generations:…


Air Purification Unit

Published 30 June 2016 | Written by James Low
CategoriesAir quality Enclosures

Air Purification Units (APUs) are re-locatable units based on the concept of a living wall to reduce air pollution. Partnering with Treebox, these have been integrated into the external hoarding of a Mace project site located on a road with some of London’s highest pollution levels. The system capitalises on natural air purification benefits of plants and microbes enhanced with…


Displaying Working Areas

Published 27 June 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHazard board Reporting Safety plan updated Workforce information

Advising areas of caution, risk or general work is important in gathering potential safety information. Construction sites are full of high risk areas with lots of people doing different jobs. It is therefore incredibly important to communicate and co-ordinate what type of work is occurring and where. One site achieved this using an interactive system: The touch screen TV is…


Working Without Tower Cranes

Published 27 June 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesClients Obstruction Routes

Alternative working methods should be used to increase productivity and also reduce community impact. Innovative working practices can not only provide solutions for more productive working but also ways to reduce disruption. The examples below show how one site demonstrated this: The project represented a unique construction challenge where the client advised at tender stage that a strategy must be developed…


Lifelong Learning

Published 16 June 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmployed Literacy training Numeracy training Personal development Training

Continuous learning development should always be encouraged for the workforce. It is important to provide opportunities to develop the workforce. This can be directly associated with the company’s interests and future, as well as the individual themselves. Such training is vital towards raising standards of the industry’s skilled workforce and also maintaining engaged and ever-progressing employees. One site demonstrated this…


Groundwater Remediation

Published 16 June 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHazardous substance storage Improvement Rivers/watercourses Spill control

The environment should be considered a high priority before, during and after construction activity. Contractors have the resources and manpower to make a difference. Opportunities should therefore be taken to improve the environment for the local area, providing a solution as well as leaving a lasting legacy for the future. One site went above and beyond its necessary activity on-site…


Online Visitor System

Published 16 June 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFacilities for visitors Feedback/questionnaires Intranet Regular review Signing in Signing out Visitor information

Visitors to site should always feel welcomed, safe and secure. It is important that visitors are comfortable in understanding the site through inductions, safety procedures, project information and general interest. This not only ensures a positive and safe experience during the time of visit but also promotes a professional and accommodating image for the industry. One site achieved this by using an…


Pedestrian perimeter barrier

Published 15 June 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Boundary security Entrance Property security Protected and controlled access Safety signage Site security

Site access should be carefully maintained in order to reduce the risk to the general public. The boundary of the site should be clearly marked during both the day and night. This is to notify the local community, visitors and workforce where access is permitted and restricted, eliminating safety risks and also trespassing. The site below ensured this safety measure…


Conservation Dogs

Published 15 June 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInvestigation Specialist input Wildlife

Pre-emptive effort should always be made to ensure the protection of local habitats. Environmental conservation should be a high priority as construction work can have devastating effects if not coordinated properly. It is not just the local wildlife that is in danger, the impact on the community living in and around the site is also at risk. The example below shows…


Landscaping Competition

Published 15 June 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccommodation Entrance First Impressions campaign Initial impressions Surrounding roads/pavements Tidiness Workforce involvement

Attempts to raise appearance standards helps to improve the profile for the site and industry as a whole.  Sites should strive to improve first impressions in order to generate a high level of appearance for site visitors, the public and their own workforce. The example below demonstrates how a site developed an innovative approach to maintain an exceptionally clean and well-presented compound…