An Improvement to Woodpole Construction

Published 12 May 2020 | No comments
Written by Amy Fraser
CategoriesFalling debris Initiatives Injuries Recording accidents Supply chain engagement Workforce consultation Working methods
In December 2019 there was a communication sent across Power T&D with regards to an incident that occurred during works undertaken by another Overhead Line contractor. During the construction of an H-Pole Structure, there was a requirement to lift the top end of the structure with an excavator approximately 200mm to allow bolts associated with the steel work to be...

Cabbed Dumpers

Published 27 April 2020 | No comments
Written by Jasvir Sandhu
CategoriesDriver information Vehicle enhancements Working methods
The use of cabbed dumpers on this project has given the operators a better working environment due to being able to work in a dry air-conditioned cab rather than an open air seat as previously. Also, several of the cabbed dumpers that are used can be driven by the operator in the direction that he is facing by rotating the...

Long Term Arrangement to Donate Surplus Pallets to a Local Community Group

Published 15 April 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesBusinesses Charities/organisations Community liaison Recycle
The project team set up an arrangement with a local business Strathspey Railway who rely heavily on donations and volunteering from local community. As part of long term relationship, Strathspey Railway were supported to register for waste and transportation transfer licences Strathspey Railway require large amounts of timber to power coal steam engines and will make use of surplus timber...

Noise Register and Promotion through Staff Poster

Published 15 April 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCampaigns Workforce information
The site foreman created a Noise Assessment sheet for site operatives The sheet was created as a poster and is displayed in the welfare area to raise awareness of the noise levels of various machinery which is used on site. The poster promotes noise levels from 1m and also whether ear protection is required when tracking machinery.

QR Code Armband for Works Permit

Published 8 April 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesBarriers Initiatives Protected and controlled access Working methods
A new Permit to Works QR armband system was created by the project team, and is now being adopted by other sites as a result. Red bands are issued for hot works permits, blue bands for ladder permits and green bands for AWNES/Permits to Break Ground. The coloured armband system makes it easy to identify if a permit has been...

Supporting Older People

Published 23 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Residents
Balfour Beatty has been working closely with the Stanley Development Trust (SDT) on several initiatives as part of our ongoing engagement with local communities. The SDT was formed in 2008 to improve the quality of life and environment in the village of Stanley and its surrounding area. A monthly lunch club was started in 2015 by the SDT’s Care and...

Taytech System for Surface Runoff Treatment

Published 23 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesAwareness Rivers/watercourses Surface water
The project operates in close proximity to 10 sensitive watercourses. A feature of the project is the large amount of earthworks required and managing the potential site run off is absolutely imperative in protecting the surrounding environment. The project partnered with Taytech – a company who provide a dosing system which utilises more environmentally friendly coagulants to help remove suspended...

FairStart Scotland

Published 23 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesCampaigns Labour Placements
Balfour Beatty are working with a number of different employability providers to create opportunities for people to find work and train. A key partner in this endeavour is Remploy, who are delivering the FairStart Scotland programme on behalf of the Scottish Government in Tayside. FairStart Scotland builds on the success of other transitional services such as Work Able Scotland and...

Local Volunteering with Men’s Shed

Published 23 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesGoodwill Labour Residents
Volunteers from the project team attended Stanley Men’s Shed in October to help them progress plans to create a Community Orchard at Stanley Mills. Stanley Men’s Shed has been working with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to plant a community orchard in land surrounding the car park at Stanley Mill where the group regularly meet. Agreement in principle for the orchard...

Supply Chain Community Benefits Conference

Published 23 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesColleges Goodwill Schools Suppliers Trade contractors
The project is being delivered with an unprecedented focus on delivering benefits to the community and a commitment to bring meaningful and measurable change to the communities surrounding this major construction project. Members of the project team took time away from the construction site at the end of February and were joined by 42 attendees from a range of the...

Wonder Learning Boxes

Published 2 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Rebecca Bernklow
CategoriesCommunity liaison Personal development Residents Universities
As part of our engagement with the community surrounding our project at the University of Strathclyde, we reached out to the Civil Engineering Department to conduct a ‘hands on lecture’ that would support the students learning and awareness. We created ‘Wonder Learning Boxes’, which were each filled with a different textile for the students to feel and discuss with their...

Supply Chain Newsletter

Published 27 January 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesPlacements Promoting Construction campaign Supply chain Supply chain
As part of our delivery on the Hub North Scotland/NHS Highland Community Health projects in Aviemore and Skye, Balfour Beatty have developed and are distributing a new supply chain newsletter on a quarterly basis. This project newsletter is to assist in the ongoing promotion of the benefits of registering with the Considerate Constructors Scheme as well as highlighting additional opportunities...

Use of Remote Control Trench Rollers on Site

Published 9 December 2019 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Working methods
During deep drainage works for the new Badenoch & Strathspey Community Hospital and Health Care Centre in Aviemore, the Balfour Beatty project team worked closely with groundswork subcontractor David Smith in the use and operation of remote control trench rollers on site. The machines are operated by remote control and this provides a number of benefits. Firstly safety is increased...

Safety Socket

Published 15 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Josh Biles
CategoriesFalling debris Risk information Working methods
The Challenge: The Façade design at roof level is extremely challenging and requires a complex network of secondary steelwork to be installed at the building’s edge on both Level 52 and Level 53 which is one of the most high-risk elements of the project. This is mainly due to each Steel post requiring four loose nuts to secure it in...

Education Workshop Demonstrating Augmented Reality

Published 15 July 2019 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Colleges Schools Universities
As part of a range of education workshops, Balfour Beatty have developed an education workshop which specifically promotes the use of augmented reality (AR) in construction and includes young people in discussion about how future jobs will be shaped by new and emerging technologies. The workshops use the Balfour Beatty Innovation 2050 video as a basis for discussing what construction...