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Text Message Alert System

Published 24 June 2019 | Written by Rhys Roberts
CategoriesAccess/egress Communicate initiatives Footpaths and diversions Protected and controlled access Reporting Risk information Roads Traffic management Workforce information

During the winter months, access to the construction site could become treacherous with ice and snow, due to the remote location of the site. As part of the winter working plan for the site, a text message alert system was introduced that warned all employees, subcontractors, clients and other contractors on the site that the roads to site were impassable…


Social Enterprise Revolution

Published 24 June 2019 | Written by Katerina Papavasileiou
CategoriesBusinesses Corporate Social Responsibility action plan Local shop

Mace at Greenwich Square Block Three is committed to procuring products and services from social enterprises. A social enterprise directs its profit to solve a social issue, therefore, increasing our contribution to society. As these organisations were not part of the key supply chain, we started small, identifying the ones that it would be easier to introduce on site. We…


Fatigue Monitoring System

Published 24 June 2019 | Written by Kevin Roodt
CategoriesMental health Occupational health risks Worker fatigue

Considering the importance that the HSE places on fatigue and working excessive, along with our focus on Mental health, we decided to have Datascope create a way in which to record and clearly indicate the number of hours worked per operative per week. A report is then automatically created and sent to the Goodmans Fields management team to review on…


Bespoke Plasterboard Clamp Trolley

Published 24 June 2019 | Written by Kevin Roodt
CategoriesIdentification of near misses Occupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods

These custom made/ bespoke trolleys were designed in a collaboration between Goodman’s Fields management, our dry lining contractor, BDL, and their parent company, Carey. They are standard trolleys that are modified to incorporate adjustable clamping arms to keep various sized boards in place whilst being transported around sight. We decided to carry out this modification as we found that, using…


PM10 Real Time Dust Monitors

Published 17 June 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Carbon footprint reporting Environmental policy promoted Initial environmental assessment Monitoring Site environmental plan

In order to set the highest standards in environmental monitoring and awareness, the E03 project has bought, installed and used two Aeroqual dust sentry real-time monitors. These PM10 dust monitors offer continuous, long-term monitoring in all conditions with notification emails being sent automatically, should the set limits be exceeded at any point during the construction stage (200μg/m3 as a 15…


Geotechnical Slope Rigs

Published 17 June 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesVehicle enhancements Working methods

Back in February 2018, CAN Site Manager Wayne Whillis and Project Manager Hazel Farnell made a site visit to the project in Scarborough. During the visit, Wayne raised some concerns that the drilling equipment CAN were currently using could be improved to make moving drills around all the different slopes much easier and safer for operatives, as it was such…


Geotechnical Pallet Lifters

Published 17 June 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods

An idea that a CAN Site Manager came up with when working on other projects was a spring loaded pallet lifter to try and reduce manual handling for operatives when working with our grout plants. In principle, it was a pretty simple but very effective piece of kit that was manufactured for the Scarborough project. When a 1.5 ton pallet…


Construction Live 2019

Published 17 June 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Colleges Schools

Balfour Beatty has continued to build on the previous innovations achieved through online broadcasting. Early trials in 2015 enabled mass participation through short broadcasts using meeting room technology and site tours via iPads. The Construction LIVE initiative has taken the lessons learned and developed a series of events linking projects, careers and STEM education together to provide a meaningful and…


Creation of a Bespoke Degree Programme

Published 17 June 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesApprenticeships Careers advice Careers advice Colleges Create opportunities Employed Personal development Placements Training Universities

Redrow Homes decided to engage with several educational establishments to create a bespoke degree focusing on the residential area of construction, which will hopefully result in a much improved industry image. The degree programme has been written collaboratively between Liverpool John Moores University and Coleg Cambria in North Wales, with the programme being delivered at Coleg Cambria in Wrexham. The…


Willmott Dixon take on what3words

Published 17 June 2019 | Written by Kay Ortatepe
CategoriesAccess/egress Emergency procedures Routes

What if you could guarantee that your deliveries would turn up to the correct gate first time round? What if you could provide anyone with your exact location even if your site does not have a postcode or easy location reference? And how about providing the emergency services with a precise entry point when the unexpected happens? what3words has given…


Collaboration Between Scheme-Registered Sites to Engage with the Community

Published 17 June 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCCS briefing and action plan Cooperation Create opportunities Residents Sensitivity to neighbours

Gas distributer Northern Gas Networks (NGN) has introduced a reach-out scheme to make contact with neighbouring Scheme-registered sites and collaborate in community involvement. Use is made of the Scheme’s Construction Map to identify the potential sites which can share individual skills and expertise in supporting and contributing to local communities. In autumn 2016, NGN approached Scheme-registered site in Beverley run…


Use of Nerada Technology to Treat Waste Water

Published 10 June 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRivers/watercourses Spill control

The objective of the new plant is to address the storm water surge effect on the quality of the waste water being discharged into the River Medlock. This process is identified as “Nerada”, a Dutch originated process. The final phase is the start-up, which takes around six months for the biological process to achieve the designated levels of treatment and…


Bucket Barrow

Published 28 May 2019 | Written by Jane Foster
CategoriesWorking methods

We’re pleased to have broken new ground with Australia’s BucketBarrow. Bucket Barrow integrates four heavy duty buckets and one multipurpose scoop into a quality tough built wheelbarrow. This has been trialled on our site at Hornsea Leisure Centre in East Yorkshire by the steel erectors, and has proved to be a great success in them managing the nuts, bolts and…


Marine Piling in UXO Risk Areas

Published 24 May 2019 | Written by Jose Gonzalez
CategoriesInitiatives Risk information Working methods

The piling and civil works of the London City Airport expansion are carried out in a basin formed by the Thames River and the King George V dock. Working in this environment presents a unique constraint for the overall safety of the airport, its operations, the general public and the nearby residents, particular when using floating equipment and carrying out…


Bespoke Precast Placement Unit

Published 24 May 2019 | Written by Jose Gonzalez
CategoriesAccess/egress Rivers/watercourses Working methods

The piling and civil works of the extension of the London City Airport are carried out while the airport remains fully operational. This poses two major safety and security constraints for the installation of the precast concrete units, some of them weighting up to 42 tons. As a result, installation must be done from marine spread, since security and safety…