Costain/Skanska JV


Women’s Network and LGBT+ Support Group

Published 13 September 2018 | No comments
Written by Jack Lawrence
CategoriesEquality Inclusion Management attitudes
Costain Skanska JV  have established a Women’s Network and LGBT+ Support Group for all members of staff on the project, including supply chain. Both groups are chaired by Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champions. The groups now have a combined membership of 45 people. The Women’s Network specifically supports women in the industry and those returning to work. The LGBT+ Network...

Active Bystander training with Imperial College

Published 13 September 2018 | No comments
Written by Jack Lawrence
CategoriesTraining
In conjunction with the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College, London, 40 members of staff have been given ‘Active Bystander’ training, which aims to empower people to challenge poor behaviours and bring about cultural change. The training equips attendees with the 4 D’s Toolkit, which are strategies for intervention based around Direct action (directly intervene), Delay (wait for the situation...

Mental Health: Measuring the effectiveness of interventions

Published 13 September 2018 | No comments
Written by Jack Lawrence
CategoriesMental health
In May 2018 as part of mental health awareness week we undertook a cross sectional survey amongst staff and supply chain operatives using a self-completing questionnaire to explore the effectiveness of our approach, and interventions, events, campaigns and training around mental health offered to date. Our work is intended to eliminate stigma and discrimination through positive action, understanding and behaviours...

Flexible Working

Published 13 September 2018 | No comments
Written by Jack Lawrence
CategoriesE-learning Rest Training
At CSJV (Costain Skanska Joint Venture) all office staff are offered flexible working, with working from home to take place up to one day a week but with staff also enabled to work compressed hours and part time. We are aware that an ability to work flexible hours makes an employer attractive and this is vital to attract talent into...

Sighted Guides for the Vision Impaired

Published 13 September 2018 | No comments
Written by Jack Lawrence
CategoriesCharities/organisations Community liaison Facilities for visitors Goodwill Local and special needs
45 members of staff have been training by Guide Dogs (the organisation formerly known as Guide Dogs for the Blind) as Sighted Guides for Vision Impaired people. These staff have been trained how to approach a member of the public with sight support needs, how best to offer support and how to guide them through our works, which are in...

Virtual reality training MEWP simulator

Published 30 April 2018 | No comments
Written by Fiona Power
CategoriesTraining Workforce information
NationWide Platform’s new virtual reality simulator was used on the Paddington Crossrail C405 Project. This comprised a MEWP Basket set up, VR Headset and the use of a TV Screen. The MEWP allows the user to operate the MEWP in different construction set ups with over 16 boom and scissor scenarios. The set up allow operators a true-to-life look and...

Safety helmet to ensure worker safety

Published 27 February 2018 | No comments
Written by Simon Taylor
CategoriesFalling debris PPE Working methods
Millcroft Services Plc changed to new safety hats that conform to EN12491 Standard & EN397 Industrial Standard for shock absorption and penetration. This is a multi-impact helmet to protect head during tumbling falls and from falling objects. The helmet is impact tested with two 5kg strikers: a hemispherical striker is dropped from 2m onto the crown of the helmet and...

Rocketbook Wave reusable notepad

Published 27 February 2018 | No comments
Written by Simon Taylor
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Green purchasing Re-use
As part of C360 paper reduction campaign, we have trialled the use of the Rocketbook Wave Smart Reusable Notebook. The notes are erased by putting the notebook in the microwave which clears the ink from the pages. The notepad looks and is used in the same way as traditional pen and paper notebook. However, images can be captured using smartphones...

Hydration campaign and custom water bottles

Published 12 February 2018 | No comments
Written by Fiona Power
CategoriesCampaigns Healthy lifestyle advice Occupational health risks Plastics and packaging Worker fatigue
Costain Skanska JV Paddington C405 held a Winter Hydration Campaign led by the Project Director. Not many people consider hydration to be an issue during the winter months but in fact because of being outside in the cold weather our blood vessels constrict to prevent blood from flowing freely to the extremities allowing the body to preserve the heat in...

Touch screen compatible gloves

Published 16 January 2018 | No comments
Written by Simon Taylor
CategoriesPPE
Touchscreen devices are being used more and more on construction sites. The safety gloves worn on C360 sites cannot be used with touchscreen devices. As a result, engineers used fingerless gloves to overcome this issue. However, the foreman at the Mile End site came across safety gloves which are designed to be compatible with touchscreen devices. The touchscreen glove is...

Perspex covers to riser grilles

Published 16 January 2018 | No comments
Written by Simon Taylor
CategoriesFalling debris
To ensure a safe working environment and to avoid any materials or tools falling through the riser grilles, CSJV installed perspex sheets over the riser grilles in all riser locations in the shaft. Operatives can also see that the grilles are in position so occasionally these grilles are removed to carry out works.

Cored holes

Published 16 January 2018 | No comments
Written by Simon Taylor
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods
There was a requirement for 2 circular 650mm diameter penetrations in the corridor on levels B3, B2 and B1 of the Fisher Street shaft to allow for supply and extract spiral ductwork to pass through. In order to ensure a safer install, better quality finish/setting out and to eliminate the potential for the circular box-outs to fail, CSJV decided to...

Access into lift shafts

Published 16 January 2018 | No comments
Written by Simon Taylor
CategoriesAccess/egress Working methods
To ensure safe access for the KONE operatives installing the lifts at Limmo and Fisher Street sites, the site and construction team have worked together to develop a simple solution to maintain safe access whilst not restricting the works. A secured ladder has been installed into the pit base with a security gate fixed at the access/egress point preventing unimpeded...

Use of Vac Ex to excavate cables

Published 29 November 2017 | No comments
Written by Simon Taylor
CategoriesWorking methods
In order to excavate and expose (non-energised) 11kV cables at Limmo we hired a vacuum excavator rather than using hand tools. The work required was to remove sand from a concrete pit to allow operatives to access the pit and work on the cables. The Vac-Ex uses an air pick to disturb the sand and this sand is then removed...

Virtual reality headset

Published 29 November 2017 | No comments
Written by Simon Taylor
CategoriesDaily briefing Training Workforce information Working methods
Gear 360 camera is taken onto site and captures a 360 degree first person perspective environment of site conditions/installations. The image/video is then transmitted back to site office or another site on the project for lessons learnt/general understanding of what advanced installations look like. The user in the office wears the virtual reality headset and experiences being on site at...