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Agricultural Sprayer for Curing Concrete

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Working methods

During concrete placement activity, the site utilised an agricultural inspired “Crop” sprayer to evenly apply the curing compound. By using this, the site team successfully minimised working from height as previously operatives were required to work from bridges spanning 11m.


Walkie-Talkie Contact Boxes

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDriver information Initiatives Safety plan updated Workforce information Working methods

Following concerns raised about the tight site constraints, the site team has introduced “Walkie Talkie Boxes” – in which portable radios are kept at particularly tight points on site (e.g. crossing points) to enable site personnel to communicate directly with the machine operators and banksman. All radios are taken in for security and charging each night and returned to the…


Rebar Mechanical Tying Gun

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods

Bam Nuttall have implemented rebar mechanical tying guns to increase efficiency and significantly reduce repetitive strain injuries. The tying gun provides a solution to the physically demanding, monotonous and time-consuming work of manual tying. Tying rebar involves handling heavy materials, working in awkward positions, and repeating the same hand twisting motions over and over. All of this can lead to…


Crowd Sourced Time Lapse Camera

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by Matt Bust
CategoriesCamera Facilities for visitors Goodwill Legacy Residents Sensitivity to neighbours Social media Websites

One of the main focuses for the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, is to get Wentworth Woodhouse on the map. During our school visits and career talks around the surrounding areas, it is overwhelming the number of people who have never heard of the iconic building. We wanted to help change that and get people visiting Wentworth. We wanted to create…


Project Post Cards

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by Matt Bust
CategoriesNewsletter Supply chain Trade contractors Updates Workforce

With so much happening across the Woodhead Group, we needed to find a new way to keep our site teams and supply chain informed and up-to-date with news and stories. We send postcards to our sites quarterly that are designed to showcase what makes the Woodhead Group different by focusing on our values and behaviours. Each quarter, we speak to…


Low Emission Micro Turbines

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Minimised fuel use Sustainable solutions

On their White City Living project, St James have been using modular micro turbines as a semi-permanent power supply. This power supply emits low levels of NOx emissions and high levels of oxygen (17 -18% oxygen rich). It is compliant with the EU’s Medium Combustion Plant and Non-Road Mobile Machinery Directives which regulate harmful emissions. It also goes beyond compliance…


Donating Supplies to the Men’s Shed Association

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGoodwill Re-use Recycle Reduce Residents Sustainable solutions

On their Alness Academy project, Kier have been collecting the paper-towels used at wash basins and donating them to their local Men’s Shed Association. Men’s Shed Associations are community spaces that bring people together for craft-work and social interaction. They use equipment provided by the site to convert the used towels into fire logs and distribute them to the local community.


Vehicle Mounted Ground Penetrating Radar

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLocal and special needs Obstruction Sensitivity to neighbours

On their UCLan Highways Improvements project, Balfour Beatty have been using a vehicle mounted Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). GPRs are used to conduct ground surveys in urban areas. These surveys have the potential to detect hazards prior to excavation. Vehicle mounted GPR result in minimal disruption compared to traditional pram type systems. In Balfour Beatty’s case, this is effective because…


Cardboard Tree Guards

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlanting Recycle Reduce Sustainable solutions Trees

The HS2 project aims to plant up to seven million trees along their Phase One Route. An issue presented by this aim is the amount of plastic tree guards that will be needed. Fusion have estimated that 39,000 tree guards will be used between October 2019 to March 2020. Due to the amount of plastic that may end up in…


Bespoke Cable Lifting and Delivery Trailer

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Unloading Working methods

The Hornsea project team identified a possible issue with the movement of cable drums to be used within their works. Weighing 33tn gross and having a working dimension of over four metres, the drums would prove a challenging move from the storage yard at PD Ports to the joint bay locations throughout the job. Previously the only way to move…


Electric Forklift Truck

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHybrid/electric plant Minimised fuel use Reduce Sustainable solutions

On their White Rose View project, RG Group have been using an electric forklift truck. This is charged via solar panels which are placed on an area of green space within the site. The electric forklift truck has been on site for a number of months now and will remain until the project is complete.


Smart Surfacing for Visually Impaired

Published 23 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGoodwill Residents Suppliers

On one of its projects delivered under the Highways Term Maintenance Contract, Tarmac laid tactile surfacing with inbuilt sensors and embedded technology which gives information to visually-impaired people through their sticks and canes which also have sensors built into them. This innovation was promoted from the early contractor involvement period by both the client and the contractor. This type of…


Personal Atmospheric Gas Monitor

Published 23 December 2019 | Written by Mark Johnson
CategoriesInitiatives Reporting Risk information Working methods

After attending a recent seminar on confined space working, we decided to look for a system that covers several needs, such as: Good ergonomics. Ease of operation. Good audible and visual alerts. Real time data upload. Able to replace separate two-way radio. We decided to trial the Blackline G7C and current field trials show that it does all of the…


Minimising Food Waste

Published 23 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGreen purchasing Reduce Sustainable solutions

Focus Logistics have started utilising the Orca food waste macerator as a sustainable way to process food waste from construction projects. The macerator mimics the natural digestion process, it works using the same principles that our body and other living organisms are governed by. It creates the perfect thermophilic biological environment for microorganisms to convert food waste into a liquid….


Feather Flags

Published 9 December 2019 | Written by Zoë Maunders
CategoriesBranding Corporate badging First Impressions standards Initial impressions

C F Construction (Collingham) Ltd has found that short-term highways maintenance works, or small refurbishment projects are often one of the hardest jobs to apply our company branding to. Therefore, we decided that we needed to overcome the problem and having put our heads together, we decided to utilise “feather flag” banners. The flags are simple, they make our sites…