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Protecting the Knees of the Workforce

Published 30 November 2020 | Written by Jeremy Bayliss
CategoriesMedical conditions Occupational health risks Worker fatigue

During construction projects that require lifting heavy loads, the project team have noticed that despite the workforce following the correct guidelines regarding lifting heavy loads their knees were under increased pressure that could inevitably over time lead to knee injuries. After some research, they came across knee boosters and joint supports that gives the extra support for knees when lifting…


Wearable Exoskeleton

Published 12 October 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Occupational health risks Worker fatigue

The project team have been using an ‘Exoskeleton’ system. This piece of equipment is manufactured by Hilti, and whilst it is mainly used in the USA, it is relatively new to the UK and is something that is very uncommon and will be used on this project. This is a wearable exoskeleton, and its aim is to reduce fatigue and…


Desk Cycle Pedals

Published 12 October 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Occupational health risks Stress Worker fatigue

Desk cycle pedals are provided to use whilst sat at a desk to encourage a more active lifestyle for the operatives. This avoids a sedentary work day with various health benefits including reducing the risk of Deep Vein thrombosis (DVT), releasing endorphins that boost operatives mood, digestion and brain function.


Individual Voting Pads

Published 26 May 2020 | Written by Cameron Blackwell
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Occupational health risks Training Worker fatigue

To engage better with the workforce and improve feedback, the EARPS team purchased a set of voting pads to use during extended SOS presentations and Stand-Downs. These voting pads allowed questions to be asked of the workforce and provide feedback on initiatives, site arrangement, and fatigue management. They are also used to keep our quarterly stand downs interactive by using…


Worker Fatigue Focus

Published 16 March 2020 | Written by Eliza Morris
CategoriesCampaigns Consultation Feedback Healthy lifestyle advice Mental health Posters Rest Stress Worker fatigue

As a company, Mark James Complete Building Services have been supporting the recent ‘Spotlight on… worker fatigue’ campaign. We also recognise that mental health issues and fatigue can sometimes come hand-in-hand, and this is something we are focused to support our employees with. We launched our campaign with an online survey, which was sent via email to all our employees…


Plywood Panel Lifter

Published 24 February 2020 | Written by Sam Mayo
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods

The removal of plywood panels from the underside of a cast concrete slab has always been an issue. The panels weigh 29kg each and require a team of five to lower them to the ground, with manual handling and working at height risks. A purpose made panel lifter is now in use, which has been a great success. The benefits…


HAVS Calculator App

Published 17 February 2020 | Written by Amy Stockton
CategoriesInitiatives Management Medical conditions Occupational health risks Worker fatigue

At CR Civil Engineering, we know how important it is to minimise workers exposure to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVs) and how difficult it can be to calculate exposure if multiple tools are used in one shift. To help, we have developed a smartphone app which Site Managers and Foremen can use to make the calculation as simple as possible….


Heras Fence Lifter

Published 3 February 2020 | Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesInjuries Occupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods

The project team have recently ordered two Heras fence lifters for their site, which makes carrying a panel so much easier for operatives. It only requires one person to lift the fence panel, and also prevents them from accidentally twisting their hands or wrists. The lifters were priced at under £20 each, making them a cost effective way of reducing…


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…


Manually Operated Concrete Tampers

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by Padraig Enright
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods

Manually operated concrete tampers have been made in NRCP2 for concrete levelling works on ducting trenches along the new runway. These handheld tampers were made to make the work of the operative more efficient as well as much more comfortable and less arduous. These manually-operated concrete tampers have many advantages which include: Highly durable with no moving parts. Waist-height handles…


Health and Wellbeing

Published 13 January 2020 | Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesCanteen Recreation Rest Stress Worker fatigue

Morgan Sindall and its subcontractors all have strong beliefs regarding the wellbeing of the workforce and staff. As a result, during a sit down with our subcontractors, we all decided as a team to stop all work on Wednesdays between 9 and 10 am, and in this hour, only using phones for social purposes rather than taking work calls and getting…


Combatting Fatigue, Anxiety and Depression

Published 17 December 2019 | Written by Anna Bramley
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Mental health Occupational health risks Posters Stress Worker fatigue

At Robertson we believe that a healthy workforce is a happy workforce! We value our workforce and understand that mental health problems and fatigue can affect anyone at any time. We operate an open door policy where employees and subcontractors can talk to a manager or Mental Health First Aider in absolute confidence. We provide a free helpline that offers…


Fatigue Control System

Published 9 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Attitudes Protected and controlled access Signing in Signing out Supervision Worker fatigue Workforce information

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.


Hydraulic Punch Driver

Published 2 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods

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….


Moodbeam Device for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Published 28 October 2019 | Written by David McPherson
CategoriesMental health Stress Worker fatigue

‘Moodbeam’ devices are currently being trialled on this project. The aim of these wristband devices is to support meaningful conversations in relation to the user’s mental health and wellbeing. The device logs sleep and activity, and the user presses a yellow button on the device when feeling happy and a blue button when feeling unhappy. The device connects to an…