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Use of a Flywheel to Reduce Power Needed to Start a Crane

Published 11 January 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEfficient energy use Energy saving measures Reduce

It is recognised that when a tower crane is first started up it requires a ‘surge’ in electricity, and that the surge falls away once the crane is operational. To start the tower crane on this project would require the reinforcement or upgrading of the local electricity network, and a 300kVA generator is currently being used although this is an…


Safer Way of Carrying out Concrete Underpinning

Published 11 January 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Working methods

The project team have recognised the need to eliminate the risks associated with underpinning work. In collaboration with the subcontractor the have introduced a procedure for carrying out concrete underpinning to external walls where most of the work is carried out by a machine operator and therefore the need to enter an excavation was eliminated and a reduced number of…


Purpose Designed Vacuum Grab Attachment

Published 11 January 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Injuries Occupational health risks Working methods

The project commissioned a local company to manufacture a purpose designed vacuum grab attachment. The manual lifting of heavy (60kg) empty cabinets over barriers and into place has been replaced by mechanical lifting of the cabinets already fitted with electrical gear. The offsite fitting and testing of the gear has also reduced the need for multiple on-site works.


Purehold Welfare Door Handles

Published 11 January 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCleaning regime Medical conditions Occupational health risks

All all existing welfare door handles we changed to those of the “Purehold “ design which are 99.9% effective in killing bacterial such as coronavirus. These were developed for health and care settings and are coated with an anti-bacterial coating that kills germs and reduces risk of infections spreading. This was seen as a simple and cost effective way of…


Project Progress Updates in British Sign Language

Published 11 January 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLocal and special needs Sensitivity to neighbours Updates

Ensuring that you can update as many people as possible about your project is necessary to engage with the public. Progress updates have been produced in British Sign Language and audio formats and distributed by the Leeds Society for the Deaf and Blind. Feedback from the Leeds Society is positive testimony to how well the initiative has been received.


Near Field Communication Tags

Published 11 January 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPosters Workforce information

Near Field Communication Tags are located in the site canteen and throughout the welfare area to share key information with the workforce in a digital and more engaging method.  This is also to reduce the amount of posters being displayed on site that are very often ignored. NFC tags are passive and do not require a power source.  The tags…


MEWP Mounted Mechanical Board Lifting Attachment

Published 11 January 2021 | Written by Richard Deaville
CategoriesInjuries Occupational health risks Supply chain engagement Working methods

One of the contractors suppliers working with adrylining specialists on the Midlands Metropolitan University Hospital project have developed, trialled and is now using a MEWP attachment that lifts boards. The system allows one person in a MEWP to install plasterboard ceiling panels and simplifies the positioning of plasterboard at ceiling levels. The system has reduced installation time and uses one…


E-Lift Trigger Action Pole

Published 11 January 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Working methods

The site is now using extension pole accessories for use with Paslode Fixing Guns for working at height to provide a safe, fast and comfortable solution for working at height installing electrical cable management. The benefits of using this includes: Simple design – easy to assemble and operate, working from a comfortable position. 30% lower actuation force and low recoil…


Analytics Software used to React to Safety Critical Incidents

Published 11 January 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControls Cycle safety Pedestrian safety Traffic management

Analytic software was introduced by the project to cut the time taken to react to safety critical incidents in live lanes with temporary traffic management arrangements in place. The software analyses CCTV images to alert the two CCTV operators, who are manually monitoring 68 cameras, to any stationary vehicles, pedestrians or foreign objects and automatically operates signals and sends SMS…


3D Printed Concrete Ditch Headwalls

Published 11 January 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBarriers Initiatives Occupational health risks Working methods

The project team has been looking for an alternative for the construction of ditch headwalls. The usual method is to fill hessian sand bags with concrete and place them by hand. This involves manual handling risks and working on slippery slopes while carrying the bags as well as the challenges of filling them. The site has teamed up with Weber…


Virtual Delivery Directions via QR Code

Published 14 December 2020 | Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesAccess/egress Driver information Language differences Language Differences Protected and controlled access Traffic management Visitor information Workforce information

The team at the IRR & BioQuarter Enabling infrastructure project in Edinburgh identified a need to provide clear instructions to delivery drivers arriving to site. As the site is adjacent to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and sits on the emergency access route for ambulances reaching the A&E department, it is of vital importance to ensure that deliveries can quickly and efficiently…


Using 360 Survey as a Real Time Project Progress Platform

Published 14 December 2020 | Written by Mary McMullan
CategoriesInitiatives Inspections Reporting

The contractor have invested in a digital platform, known as 360 Survey, which allows real time project progress capture which helped to strengthen digital excellence within the company. With 360 Survey you can view projects as if you were onsite. It provides access to 360-degree progress photos which are organised by location and time, enabling a walk through of each…


Acoustic Enclosure Tent

Published 7 December 2020 | Written by Paul Moran
CategoriesDust Noise Plant and machinery

For removing the existing raft foundation, the team carried out a number of different methodologies to reduce noise, vibration and dust from the operation in consideration to the local residents. The best method they discovered was to encapsulate the works within a large acoustic tent enclosure. This assisted in retaining the dust, noise and vibration inside the work area where…


Progressive Screed Wagon

Published 18 November 2020 | Written by Alice Ashpitel
CategoriesEfficient energy use Efficient fuel use Energy saving measures Plant and machinery Reduce Reporting and offsetting Working methods and equipment

The project team used the Progressive screed pump lorry to deliver waste, carbon and time savings on a tightly constrained site. This lorry carries all materials it needs to site, with an integral screed pump to mix and deliver 10m3 screed without any separate deliveries or storage required on site. There are several benefits of using this which are: Waste…


Odour Monitoring Units ‘Electronic Noses’

Published 18 November 2020 | Written by Henry Latham
CategoriesAwareness Investigation Involvement Monitoring and reporting Supply chain Working methods and equipment

During pre-construction, the project team were looking for a method to objectively understand odours being released from remediation activities required on the former gasworks site. Existing methods currently rely on subjective sniff testing. The project team challenged their consultants to come up with an alternative method. Following discussions with remediation consultants, AECOM, the project team at Poplar procured three odour…