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Using ‘AdBlue’ on plant machinery

Published 25 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Mobile machinery

Construction is a key contributor to air pollution and contractors should seek ways to minimise emissions from their activities. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: The project team are piloting a scheme whereby only forklifts using AdBlue can be used on site. AdBlue reduces the harmful nitrogen oxide emissions of diesel engines, converting harmful mono-nitrogen oxide…


Minimising impact on protected species

Published 25 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAwareness Birds Goodwill work Post-completion impact Wildlife

When sites have the potential to impact negatively on protected species, special measures should be taken to protect these species and ensue their continued viability. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: The site passed along the fringe of a Whooper Swan (amber listed species) winter feeding site and the contractors took full responsibility for the protection…


Ticketless System for Recording Deliveries and Vehicle Movements

Published 25 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReduce Sustainable solutions

Considerate constructors should seek to eliminate waste as much as possible, seeking new systems to ensure the site leaves a minimal impact on the environment. See the examples below for how one site approached this: The site introduced a Duty of Care Waste System which is operating a ticketless system for recording all deliveries and vehicle movements. The process is an…


A Collaborative Approach to Removing Loose Components when Working at Height

Published 25 July 2018 | Written by Tina Gunnarsson
CategoriesFalling debris Working methods

On The Madison project, Balfour Beatty encouraged a collaborative approach with all subcontractors on site to carry out a site-wide reassessment of its Working at Height safe systems of work. All parties were encouraged to create innovative solutions and mitigate risk in their own areas of work. Magnetic Tethering The façade contractor highlighted a narrow shim that was very challenging…


Lifting device for steel beams and columns

Published 9 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesWorking methods

Manual handling puts operatives at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders. Sites should do all they can to minimise this risk and devise new working methods where possible. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: The site used a special lifting device for steel beams and columns. The lifting hook is used for lifting the steel members once…


Periscopes for the community to view site works

Published 9 July 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Facilities for visitors Goodwill

Is it important that local residents feel involved in a project and are able to track progress, in order to foster positive community relations. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: As the development is immediately adjacent to a primary school, the site team decided to make it easy for the children to safely watch what is…


Site-specific Sustainability Route Map

Published 26 June 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesActual vs target Environmental policy promoted Notice board Promoting achievements Site environmental plan Workforce

It can sometimes be difficult to communicate sustainability issues to the workforce and present this information in an easy-to-understand way. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: The group as a whole has a Sustainability Route Map which, while informative and depicting the group’s good environmental intentions, was not making operatives aware of their site’s actions towards…


Comprehensive Mental Health Booklet

Published 26 June 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Stress

Mental health is a crucial issue in the construction industry and contractors are increasingly aware of the need to break the stigma on site and provide clear guidance on where employees can go for advice about mental health issues. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: As part of Mental Health Week, the site held a 10…


Using Recycled Materials to Create Welfare Facilities

Published 11 June 2018 | Written by Liz Waters
CategoriesRe-use Recreation Recycle Rest Sustainable solutions Universities

At 1 Finsbury Avenue, part of the 10 year re-development framework for Broadgate, we invited students from the University of East London to prepare a competition design for our site welfare facility. From the competition, five students were chosen and given a paid placement to develop a welfare proposal for the project which encompassed wellbeing and sustainability. Part of the…


Arndale MSCP Column Strengthening

Published 11 June 2018 | Written by Rob Hendley
CategoriesParking

An £85 million redevelopment of the Arndale Shopping Centre in Eastbourne included an additional 22 retail units, seven restaurant units, a multiscreen cinema and a significant extension to the multi-storey car park. A two-storey extension to the existing multi-storey car park was planned as part of the redevelopment. The existing concrete columns of the car park had to be strengthened…


Clean Air Kits to measure NO2 levels on site and tackle air pollution

Published 11 June 2018 | Written by Heather Cornwell
CategoriesAir quality Goodwill work Improvement

Our site, Wyndham Park in Grantham, is a locally renowned green area for local residents. Due to the earth works we were introducing plant and machinery to the area, so as a considerate constructor we wanted to monitor and reduce the impact these machines would have on the ecosystem. To help site combat air pollution, Robert Woodhead Ltd ordered a…


Acoustic Camera for focused noise mitigation

Published 29 May 2018 | Written by Eilidh Johnston
CategoriesCamera Noise

The piling hammers are the dominant source of noise from the ALBEF site and are in most cases the primary cause of noise complaints. It is essential to demonstrate that best practicable means (BPM) is being implemented and reviewed appropriately. Due to the size and mobility of this equipment and location near to tall buildings, it is practicably impossible to…


Dash Cams and CCTV Reviews

Published 30 April 2018 | Written by Kevin Roodt
CategoriesAttitudes Behaviour Supervision Training

We have fitted dash cams to our forklifts on site. This is not new in the industry but what is different on our site is the fact that at 3pm every Wednesday Berkeley Homes NEL along with our Goodmans Fields logistics company, Munnelly, review all CCTV footage around site and the dash cam footage. During this review we select a…