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Eliminating Harm through Rock Wheel Trencher

Published 25 October 2021 | Written by Sandra Evenden
CategoriesWorker fatigue Working methods

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
CategoriesProtected and controlled access Worker fatigue Working methods

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 Counselling services Helplines 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 screening Initiatives Worker fatigue

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
CategoriesAir quality Worker fatigue Working methods Working methods and equipment

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…


Easy Air Wedge

Published 16 August 2021 | Written by Bruno Tiosso
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods

On this project they have implemented the use of Easy Air Wedge to install doors. Easy Air Wedge is a lifting aid, which can lift up to 140kg, using an air pump system. When installing doors, Easy Air Wedge is placed under the door and pumped up to raise door to required level. The benefits to use this equipment are…


Lateral Transport Unit

Published 12 July 2021 | Written by Olivia Hack
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods

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
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Occupational health risks Worker fatigue

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 Healthy lifestyle advice Mental health Stress 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 Healthy lifestyle advice Mental health Stress Wellbeing events Worker fatigue

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…


Lift Protection

Published 7 April 2021 | Written by Marilla King-Smith
CategoriesAccess/egress Initiatives Working methods

For this company that works as a strip out and enabling company the waste removal activities represent the largest task item within the Risk Assessment and Method Statement. This can result in considerable amounts of manual handling and physical ability Therefore they have looked at ways to reduce the effects of ill health and Musculoskeletal disorders on the workforce by…


Fatigue Management Controls for 24 Hour Working

Published 29 March 2021 | Written by Emily Edwards
CategoriesControls Health screening Management Occupational health risks Worker fatigue Workforce information Working methods

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
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods

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 Occupational health risks

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…


‘Spotlight on… worker fatigue’ follow-up article

Published 27 January 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess to health practitioners Healthy lifestyle advice Mental health Mental health first aiders Occupational health risks Recreation Rest Stress Wellbeing events Workforce consultation Workforce information

In September 2019, the Scheme launched ‘Spotlight on… worker fatigue’ to raise awareness of this significant health and safety issue facing the industry. How can fatigue affect health and safety? Fatigue can slow reaction times, create lapses in judgement, reduce concentration and coordination, diminish cognitive ability and cause individuals to underestimate risk. In the construction industry, individuals can often endure…