A list of entries tagged with Worker Fatigue

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Safe Handling of Surveying Equipment

Published 9 May 2022 | Written by Anne Edwards
CategoriesHealth risk assessments and monitoring Positive reinforcement for good safety practices

Engineers can carry a lot of heavy surveying equipment whilst out on site. One of the heavier items they carry is a theodolite which can weigh up to 12kg. As this equipment is stored in a case, the weight cannot be spread across the body but is instead distributed to the one hand causing the body to twist when walking…

Angled Material Trolley Accessory

Published 20 December 2021 | Written by James Rawlings
CategoriesMaterials management

In the early stages of this project it was identified that the method for transporting 3 metre lengths of mechanical and electrical materials such as pipework, trunking, cable tray, Unistrut, cable basket etc. from the basement loading bay to the fit-out floors was a challenging task. This was because the designated goods lift is under 3 metres long. Therefore the…

Use of Ball Bearings to Manoeuvre Heavy Loads

Published 9 November 2021 | Written by Meena Bhogal
CategoriesControls Lessons learned

Cement boards are used in various applications on the project such as being rendered for gas farm walls and soffits. The boards are drilled into for fixing, and over 1,400 holes are required. Previously, this was a laborious operation as the operative needed to lift and rotate the board to drill the holes. These boards weigh approximately 13 kg/m2 so…

Eliminating Harm through Rock Wheel Trencher

Published 25 October 2021 | Written by Sandra Evenden
CategoriesModern methods of construction

The traditional method of saw cutting trenches can be time consuming and expose workers to risks such as noise and flying debris as well as  fatigue if carrying out the task over prolonged periods of night time closures. In order to minimise these risks, athe contractor trialed the use of a rock wheel trencher on their projecy and it significantly…

Crane Hook Manipulator

Published 14 October 2021 | Written by Lewis Haines
CategoriesControlled access

As a result of site constraints with a limited distance to the NWR fence, combined with their complicated façade installation process, they needed a specialist device for installing some of their façade components. They used ‘Alice’ – their hydraulic remote controlled crane hook attachment. This prevents the number of operatives having to work around a suspended load and can turn…

Providing Support to Employees and their Families

Published 6 September 2021 | Written by Alec Taylor
CategoriesAccess to health practitioners and counselling services Mental health

This contractor is providing free access to the Canada Life ‘WeCare’ app and website, plus AIG’s bereavement support helpline for all construction employees and their immediate family members. The Canada Life WeCare app is a service with access to a 24/7 online GP, mental health counselling, a get fit programme, plus legal and financial support as well as diet and…

Safeguard Hard Hat Tracking

Published 31 August 2021 | Written by Lucy Wainwright
CategoriesHealth risk assessments and monitoring Inspection and assurance

On this project they are using a wearable device that attaches onto a hard hat to recognise the unique movement patterns of users completing tasks. With location and environmental sensors, the Safeguard device can provide workforce-wide insight at a level that has not been possible before. The primary function of the Safeguard device is to help improve safety by mapping…

Thermocouple to Assess Concrete Strength in Real Time

Published 23 August 2021 | Written by Danica Chambers

This contractor is using a thermocouple to assess concrete strength. The thermocouple is fixed by cable ties and then connected to the wireless transmitter. The contractor will then cast and pour the concrete and using the web portal view the results Using this method of concrete testing has benefits for the project which are: The requirement for manually making cubes…

Lateral Transport Unit

Published 12 July 2021 | Written by Olivia Hack
CategoriesEnergy efficient plant and equipment

Due to the complex nature of manoeuvring heavy, pre-cast soffit slabs in a site with many logistical constraints and challenges, the project engineers researched into what they could use to facilitate the movement of the slabs, whilst also reducing the associated health and safety risks. The slabs are required to be moved between different levels and different columns which, is…

Height Adjustable Desks in Site Office

Published 12 July 2021 | Written by Imogen Tanqueray

On this project in the site office they are using desks that are adjustable by height. This has allowed staff more flexibility in their working environment, whereby staff can choose to work standing or sitting, and can change throughout the day. These desks have been received really well by the team, especially for those with chronic back pain who feel…

Mindfulness Development Workshop

Published 29 June 2021 | Written by Katy Bald
CategoriesAccess to health practitioners and counselling services Mental health Wellbeing events

This contractor have devised a staff wellbeing measure to ensure all staff have the access and opportunity to help them manage their day-to-day wellbeing. Research has highlighted that many people find practising mindfulness helps them become more aware of the present moment and can help them enjoy the world around them more and understand themselves better. The way people think…

Insight Timer

Published 5 May 2021 | Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesAccess to health practitioners and counselling services Mental health Wellbeing events

As an employer, the contractor has a duty of care to ensure that health, safety and wellbeing, and that of others, is not affected whilst at work. They also has a legal duty to manage the risks from fatigue, irrespective of a person’s willingness to work extra hours or preference for certain shift patterns or social reasons. They have implemented…

Fatigue Management Controls for 24 Hour Working

Published 29 March 2021 | Written by Emily Edwards
CategoriesControls and expected behaviours

Major transport infrastructure projects often require periods of working around the clock during planned closures (e.g. on the rail network, motorways). This contractor recently executed a 9 day period of 24 hour working during a ‘blockade’ closure of the Network Rail East Coast Mainline. Various blockade specific controls were introduced around fatigue to protect workforce safety and wellbeing, including the…

Window Glazing Robots to Minimise Manual Handling

Published 16 March 2021 | Written by Sarah-Jane Davies
CategoriesModern methods of construction

To install windows on this project they have been using Winlet glazing robots to minimise the manual handling involved by the operatives. The robots provide remote controlled lifting and weigh just 1800kgs with full counterweights, and can be used to operate across low load bearing floors. The machines use powerful vacuum lifters to hold glass and other loads safely. The…

Mood Meter

Published 1 March 2021 | Written by Irina Ursu
CategoriesMental health

The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has had a marked effect on people’s mental health. The Lack of social life and continued work had some impact on construction workers. Being at work most of the times, the contractor identified the need for creating support from colleagues and managers. They decided to introduce mood meter. Arriving onsite, workers are encouraged to take…