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Temporary MOVA Traffic Management System

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPedestrian safety Public diversions Routes Traffic management arrangements

A temporary MOVA traffic management system was implemented on a busy roundabout where improvement works were taking place. Due to the large volumes of traffic using the site, maintaining proactive traffic control and management, including retaining controlled pedestrian crossings, was critical during construction. The team developed the idea of operating a MOVA control on a temporary traffic light system. This…


Fault Alert System for Dewatering Equipment

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesIncident procedures and emergency preparedness Management policy and planning Water saving measures

The site used dewatering equipment that was installed with telemetry. This means that any malfunctions with the float switch activation will result in an alert. Any faults could result in serious flooding out of hours. However, the system is working 24/7 so if this did occur a response can be quickly organised. This system has the potential to prevent large…


Bespoke Maintenance Plate

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling debris Occupational health risks Working methods

The site used a bespoke maintenance plate to aid in pulling the top wire on a transmission tower. The new plate design allows for the block (or pulley) required to pull the new wire to be hung just outside of the top of the steel structure. Previously the block had to be attached within the structure by removing steel bars in…


Remote Control Balcony Fixing System

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInjuries Occupational health risks Vehicle enhancements Working methods

The site have reduced the risks associated with installing balconies. This has been done through using precast balconies that are installed with a remote control device and a pin. The pin is used to lock the balcony in a temporary position whilst the permanent fixings are installed. This method requires less working at height than standard balcony installation.


Colour Coded Tagging for Lifting Equipment

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesManagement Training Workforce information

The site has developed colour coded plastic tags, that are used to identify the status of every item of lifting equipment such as chains, slings and shackles. Following validation of respective testing certificates and associated method statements, each component that is used in everyday operation is coded. The colour coding provides time restricted approval. This enables surety of equipment to…


Flexible Crane Exclusion Zones

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Boundary security Controls Driver information Protected and controlled access Supervision Vehicle enhancements Workforce information Working methods

The standard anti-collision system allows for exclusion zones to be set up by a controller at the base of the crane. These zones are set as ‘permanent’ unless changed by the supplier (SMIE) technician, with the operator only being able to turn the zone off to enable engaging free-slew when the crane is not operating. The issue with this standard…


Tethering Items for Working at Height

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling debris Initiatives Supervision Supply chain engagement Working methods

The site are using nut sockets which can easily have a lanyard attached so that they can be tethered to an operative. A nut which needs to be fixed is then placed in the socket and a small screw holds it in place. The first few turns of the nut on the thread secure the nut after which the socket…


Sludge Removing Robot

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue

During Gas Holder demolition works, residue needed to be removed from the floor of the tank. Previously this used to be a manual operation undertaken within a confined space. However, Northern Gas Networks worked with a tank cleaning organisation to develop a piece of kit that could move the residual material to the tank openings without manual intervention/confined space works….


Chatty Cards

Published 11 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCounselling services Mental health Mental health first aiders Stress Worker fatigue

Chatty Cards are a stand-alone development from Sir Robert McAlpine’s Chatty Café initiative. They are cards with feelings and phrases printed on them which can enable an individual to find the words to express how they feel. This can also allow for a private conversation in a crowded workplace. The cards are now available commercially as an independent initiative derived…


Static Plastic Paper Posters

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCanteen Client permission Posters

This project was a short duration where many of the finishes to walls were completed early meaning the display of posters could result in stains or damage to new paintwork. The client also controlled the communal areas and were unhappy about having posters displayed on their walls. To resolve this, the site sourced ‘static’ plastic paper that adheres to walls…


Temporary Access Way for Island Platform

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLocal and special needs Obstruction Sensitivity to neighbours Unloading Utility works

During this rail project the team were required to gain access to an island platform for materials, plant, and equipment. To do this, they used 2400mm x 1200mm wide x 300mm polystyrene blocks that were covered with steel road plates. This built a three metre wide temporary access way which is level with both platforms and is capable of carrying…


Dust Reducing Plasterboard Shear

Published 4 November 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Occupational health risks Working methods

The site are using a plasterboard shear which reduces the airborne dust associated with cutting such material. This improves the general air quality of the site and allows plasterboard to be cut inside without the health and safety risks of dust lingering. It has also had the additional effect of reducing Stanley Knife use. See below, for a video demonstration…


Air Quality for the Workforce

Published 28 October 2019 | Written by Gwen Blair
CategoriesAir quality Initiatives Occupational health risks Working methods

The Kier Site team had known early on the extreme working conditions involved in creating a new basement, in an existing building, which included demolition and excavation works in relatively confined spaces as well as installing new steel structures. To improve the working environment, the team introduced the LIFA HepaClean 4000 negative air machine. The powerful machine is ideal to…


100% Recyclable Polypropylene Hoarding Signboards

Published 21 October 2019 | Written by Jane Foster
CategoriesRe-use Recycle Reduce Sustainable solutions

On this site, we have been using fully recyclable material for signboards from Green’s Signs. The Polyline Foam is a new material on the market within the signage industry that we’re looking to use for all of our site signage going forwards. As part of our #challengegreen project, this was introduced as a substitute material to Foamex. Polyline foam is…


Tagging System for Temporary Works

Published 21 October 2019 | Written by Jane King
CategoriesRisk information Working methods

The site has been using colour coded plastic tags to identify the inspection status of every item of lifting equipment, chains, slings, shackles etc. for some time. They are fixed to each component used in every lifting operation, following validation of respective testing certificates and associated method statements, and they provide time restricted approval. This enables surety of equipment to…