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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…


Master Mover SM100+

Published 7 December 2020 | Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Occupational health risks Worker fatigue

The MasterMover is an electric tugging machine. The device was procured from the market and its attachment has been specifically designed and tested to fit the frame of the Portable Utility Cupboards (PUC’s). Familiarisation training has been delivered by supply chain to all PME operatives handling these units. The attachment was made specifically to move the portable utility cupboard on…


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…


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…