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Social Value Portal

Published 29 May 2018 | Written by Miles Durrant
CategoriesCorporate Social Responsibility action plan Management review

Social Value refers to the wider financial and non-financial impacts of programmes, organisations and interventions, including the wellbeing of individuals and communities, social capital and the environment. As a result of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, the public sector must consider how the organisations that will potentially be commissioned to deliver required services will engage with the community…


Children’s building site safety book

Published 13 September 2017 | Written by Debbie Watson
CategoriesChild safety Legacy Schools

Caddick Construction worked with local grandmother, Chris Madeley, in her latest instalment of her Cones books which are based around a group of traffic cone characters who go on adventures in each book with a themed safety message. Chris has written 4 books so far; Meet the Cones, The Cones Make Friends, Cones on the Rails and Cones & Electricity….


App for visually impaired people

Published 10 July 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAdvance notice of disruptive works Sensitivity to neighbours Visual/hearing impaired

Construction sites should respect every member of the community and ensure measures are in place for disabled members of the public. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: Supported the development of an app which provides community information on safety barriers for visually impaired people. The Sight Line app provides an audio and large print text description…


Common tower proprietary escape stairs and stair wrap

Published 26 June 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Escape routes Falling debris Toilets

Working on tall buildings can be a dangerous activity. Contractors must consider the safety of their workforce and adjust working methods accordingly. Many such sites use a Common Tower – a temporary structure that is tied to the main building and is used in conjunction with rack and pinion construction hoists to provide access into the building under construction. See the…


Railway-Specific Ladder

Published 16 June 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling debris Working methods

Rail projects can be particularly dangerous for construction workers, with a number of additional safety hazards to consider. One such risk is rolling stock access. See the examples below to see how one site addressed this: The site originally used standard ladders, which were unsecured and had no handrails thus posing a safety risk. If there were no ladders available…


Enhanced Head Protection for Workforce

Published 2 June 2017 | Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesFalling debris Occupational health risks PPE

A-one+ keep the safety of our workers at the heart of everything we do. That’s why we took the opportunity to learn from some accidents to challenge the industry norm head protection. Within the highways community head protection is often worn as a mandatory part of PPE. Current helmets conform with BS EN397:2012 and offer protection from impacts and penetration…


Operative feedback form

Published 1 June 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFeedback/questionnaires Operative behaviour

Construction companies which specialise in providing labour must ensure that their workers are considerate and respect the community. See the examples below for how one company addressed this: At the end of the shift, the main contractor is required to fill in a site-specific feedback questionnaire. The questionnaire allows the contractor to provide feedback to operatives before they leave the…


Re-using water for road sweepers

Published 30 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHarvesting rainwater Water saving measures

Construction companies should ensure they are doing all they can to protect the environment. This includes minimising water usage and dust pollution. See the examples below for how one company addressed this: The company undertakes road repairs and operatives road sweepers for damping down dust. The company collects rainwater from large roof areas at the depot. This water is used…


Hydrogen Powered Noise Monitor

Published 26 May 2017 | Written by Ben Coughlan
CategoriesAir quality Carbon offsetting Noise

Costain have been working closely with one of their supply chain, Taylor Construction Plant, who supply our hydrogen power lighting solutions and CCTV systems. The Costain environment team were having difficulty in maintaining a reliable static noise monitoring capacity at remote sites away from site power supplies – the battery powered noise monitors were troublesome and needed regular battery changes, and…


Concrete Pavement Breaking

Published 26 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMobile machinery Sensitivity to neighbours

Breaking concrete paving during construction work can be a disruptive process for the community and local environment. Heavy rock breakers can be time consuming and cause noise pollution and excessive vibration. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site procured an eight-foot wide American rubber-tyred, self-propelled ‘guillotine-style rubbilising’ MHB Badger Breaker. It has 550 kg to…


Grout Pump Truck

Published 12 May 2017 | Written by Emmett Frawley
CategoriesDust prevention Spill control Water saving measures

JRL Group Ltd have devised a piece of equipment known as the Grout Pump Truck. The Grout Pump Truck is a self-contained system which replaces multiple site grouting activities. This mitigates environmental impacts, namely dust and waste pollution, while also having a positive influence on safety and quality. Environmental Benefits Reduction in dust generated as hand mixing does not take place…


Comprehensive Company Social Media Plan

Published 12 May 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunication Promoting Construction campaign Social media Updates Websites

Construction companies need to project a positive and professional image to secure business and improve the image of the industry. A key way of doing so is by having a presence on social media. See the examples below for how one company achieved this: The company appointed a dedicated Marketing and Communications Officer to focus on social media. They now…


Health and safety toolbox talk playing cards

Published 27 April 2017 | Written by Christina Thorn
CategoriesCanteen Recreation

The Croydon University Hospital Team have developed Galliford Try branded playing cards, delivering safety messages and toolbox talks. These have been placed in the welfare break areas to encourage site team bonding. We believe it is important to enforce common safety information in a unique way to make them memorable. Messages include: company-wide H&S announcements/ initiatives, health posters, fire action…


Public site progress fly through

Published 19 April 2017 | Written by Christina Thorn
CategoriesCommunication Enclosures First Impressions campaign Updates

At Croydon University Hospital we have constructed a means for the public to easily view site progress photos, complete with the artist’s impressions, through a goggle type viewer in our hoarding linked to a tablet displaying a slideshow of images. This is a low budget, unique production with a professional output to involve the community and installed at a height…