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Magic Therapy Sessions

Published 9 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health

Ballymore have started monthly ‘magic therapy sessions’ at their Royal Wharf project. The therapy is used to provide a short break from the stresses of work and life. The therapy has been successful in reducing employee stress. Evidence of this was shown when the therapy successfully calmed the tension between two staff members who were previously arguing. Staff at Ballymore…


Full Time Onsite Psychoanalyst

Published 9 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Training plans

On their Royal Wharf project, Ballymore have invested in the expertise of Mr Denis Hevey who is now their full time resident psychoanalyst. Denis specialises in mindset evolving, coaching, and positive performance. Workshops are provided for both Ballymore and Trade Contractors which focus on team building, collaboration and personal development. By appointing a resident psychoanalyst, Ballymore aim to improve relationships…


Digital Screen Mounted to Hoarding

Published 9 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCompany and out of hours contact information provided Notice board Signage

On their Ponteland Schools & Leisure Centre project, Kier have trialled a digital programme to provide more information to the public and convey key messages to their supply chain, operatives and staff. The programme displays the real time progress of the site and also provides detailed information on the project for the public. It is displayed on a 55″ screen…


Special Arrangements for Colleagues with Children

Published 9 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFinancial/debt management

WDC have provided vital support to one of their employees who has been granted joint custody of his children. Due to his working hours, the employee has to take his children to a childminder. The site have made special arrangements to allow the employee to leave work in order to do this and have also agreed to cover the cost…


RAPID System for Hazard Reduction

Published 9 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesNear miss Unsafe condition reporting

The site has incorporated a new system for quantifying risk potential. It follows the steps: Record, Apply, Pin-point, Inform, Develop (RAPID). The tool has been developed to eliminate occupational illness/ disease. It aims to reduce/ eliminate health risks from commencement of design through to the construction stage. The process is to analyse the volume and type of hazard data recorded,…


Fatigue Control System

Published 9 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControlled access

To address fatigue, the site access control system flags up when operatives have exceeded certain trigger points. This temporarily stops their access to the site. They are then asked to complete a questionnaire on fatigue devised by HealthWORKS Newcastle. Chill out zones are set up so everyone is able to find time to relax away from the working environment.


All Bright Road Lining

Published 9 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAdequate lighting

Tarmac have developed ‘all bright’ road lining which incorporates crystals. The purpose of these crystals is to make the road lining clearer for drivers, helping them to follow the markings whilst travelling at night. This road lining is four times brighter and more durable than standard lining which increases safety to road users.


Boltless Trapezoidal Tunnel Lining

Published 9 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOffsite construction Prefabrication

The Carnwath Road Riverside tunnelling team have pioneered the design and use of a boltless trapezoidal tunnel lining. The design eliminates associated HAVS exposure for ring building operatives. Operatives no longer have to reach and stretch to get to bolt pockets with heavy spanners thus reducing manual handling risks. Noise levels are reduced which aids essential communication during ring building…


Dry Vapour Unit to Reduce Odours

Published 2 December 2019 | Written by Hayley Breach
CategoriesWater saving measures

The site team have installed a Dry Vapour unit which, through a system of temporary pipework, releases dry vapour that prevents the release of nuisance odours from the site’s tank. The vapour that is produced captures and neutralises hydrogen sulphide, ammonia, methane, and other heavy odours. The unit uses between 1 and 2.5 litres of water per week (depending on…


Waste Water Heater

Published 2 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesConserve of energy

The site team have installed a system in their welfare facilities which uses reclaimed heat, normally lost via our urinal and basin waste pipes, and uses it to increase the incoming temperature of the cold water supply feeding the water heater for our hand basins. The innovative idea behind this system is utilising human by-product to save energy consumption and…


Safety System for Crane Drivers

Published 2 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency preparedness

The site team have installed an innovative safety feature onto their Wolff Luffing Jib Tower Crane. It has been fitted with the latest ‘Articrane i-Raptor Davit Crane Rescue System’ with a body stretcher on the high level driver’s platform. In the event of an emergency, such as a heart attack, this feature will get a crane driver back to ground….


Hydraulic Punch Driver

Published 2 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnergy efficient plant and equipment

The site are using a battery powered hydraulic punch driver. It has an aluminium head which is designed to rotate at 360 degrees. This enables the operator to use the punch in a confined space. This helps avoid injury as manual handling is reduced and there is no longer a need to use a jig saw within an awkward position….


Punjabi Language MEWP Test

Published 2 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDisadvantaged and minority groups support English not as first language support Feedback Training plans

The site encountered a problem with Punjabi speaking concrete workers failing the MEWP training. Upon further investigation they found that the IPAF do not provide the test in Punjabi despite it being the UK’s third most spoken language according to last UK census. The site team created a case study regarding the addition of a Punjabi language test paper and…


Safety Conversation Starters

Published 2 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesConsultation on health and safety

BAM Construction’s Capital Square Office Development in Edinburgh has introduced Safety Conversation Starters. These are cards that have been designed to instigate safety discussions during toolbox talks with operatives, safety meetings and workshops carried out by health and safety management. There are 12 main topics on the cards for example; access/egress, lifting operations, falling objects and safety in the office….


LED Stop and Go Boards

Published 2 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAdequate lighting Positioning of equipment, lighting and CCTV

The site have incorporated LED illuminated manual stop and go boards. These provide many benefits starting with greatly improved visibility and hence safety for operatives. The ability to respond quickly and efficiently to reported problems, particularly at night when the system is combined with halo-light fitted hardhats, increases road safety for all. This is an improvement to a long standing…