Kier Construction

Worker Learning Corner

Published 7 July 2020 | No comments
Written by Jamie Howard
CategoriesCanteen Employed Posters Recreation Training
As a site team we know the importance of supporting our workforce with their learning and personal development. To encourage this on site, we have implemented a learning corner within the canteen for operatives to relax, read and learn about how to progress in their career. The learning corner was made by our own graduate site manager and work placement...

Site Entry Card Scanners

Published 7 July 2020 | No comments
Written by Jamie Howard
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Occupational health risks
In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, a new card scanning system has been installed to replace the existing finger print bio metric scanner to allow for the workforce to access site via an in and out turnstile. This new control measure has minimised the risk of operatives touching contaminated surfaces and has allowed the site to maintain its secure boundary...

Main Contractor and Subcontractor Best Practice and Shared Learning Meetings

Published 29 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Andrew Ash
CategoriesCCS briefing and action plan Scheme champion Supply chain Support Workforce
After Kier (Main contractor) had a virtual CCS site monitors visit and Gworks (Subcontractor) had their first virtual company visit it was discussed as a team that we had the opportunity to learn a lot of best practice for each side. Both scored highly in their respective reports and each party felt that they had something that they could offer,...

Using Drone Surveys for Materials Management Plan

Published 22 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Daryl Parker
CategoriesLayout and tidiness Organisation Organisation Recycle Specialist input Supply chain Workforce
The Project Team are using Drone Surveys to keep track of material movements on the 7 acre demolition and enabling works scheme. The scheme involves large scale demolition, cut and fill exercises in areas of contaminated and non-hazardous ground on a site which shares it’s boundaries with the tidal River Avon and Bristol’s floating harbour. The sensitivity of how material...

Rubber Safety Matting

Published 22 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Steven Bromfield
CategoriesAccess/egress Footpaths and diversions Initiatives
During the winter months we found that the yellow matting used to mark walkways was not adequate due to ponding water and possible freezing. As an alternative we sourced rubber matting that was 10mm thick. This allowed the walking surface to be raised above ponding water and created a safe walking route. The matting is anti fatigue and comfortable to...

Green and Red Safety Lighting

Published 22 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Steven Bromfield
CategoriesAccess/egress Initiatives
As a project team we have developed a Red and Green LED remote control light. The project has two main stair cases with a third temporary staircase. The idea is to install the lights above each staircase and illuminate Green to identify stairs that are Open and Red to signal that stairs are closed and out of use.

Battery Operated Concrete Poker

Published 22 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Steven Bromfield
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Minimised fuel use Reduce Worker fatigue
During the construction of the floor slabs within the concrete core, working space was very limited. A battery powered concrete poker allowed the concrete works to proceed without the need for trailing leads or an external power pack to power the concrete poker. The machine worked very well and was equivalent to an electric or petrol powered concrete poker. The...

Supply Chain Community Commitment

Published 8 April 2020 | No comments
Written by Sheryl Moore
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Cooperation Corporate Social Responsibility action plan Feedback/questionnaires Suppliers Supply chain Trade contractors
Kier Regional Building North West is committed to creating stronger, more collaborative supply chain partnerships and resilient teams, and ensuring we leave a positive legacy in communities where we operate with the help of our supply chain. Kier has surveyed its local supply chain in the North West to determine their social impact contributions and to support them to further...

Creating a BIM Station

Published 16 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesWorkforce information
BIM software can be very expensive, but there is no guarantee individuals will use it. The success of BIM is determined by its daily use from those actually building the works and its contribution to safe construction. The project team questioned their employees about problems encountered on former schemes. Slow access due to large files sizes and glitches due to...

Paper Towel Waste

Published 23 December 2019 | No comments
Written by Gwen Blair
CategoriesGoodwill Recycle Residents
To continue to help the environment, we are recycling all our paper hand towels on site: not in the conventional way, but in a way that helps the local community in rural areas by converting into paper bricks that can be used as fire logs. We have provided the local Men Shed charity the equipment to make the bricks, 70...

Instaboom GS6 Overhead Barrier

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by John Quarless
CategoriesAccess/egress Barriers Boundary security Protected and controlled access Roads Site security Traffic management
This mobile barrier is a solar powered solution to overhead protection. It is a first in the industry and there is currently nothing similar on the market. Currently, the industry relies on signs, goalposts and blue cones. A system that stops a vehicle that is too high from passing through was needed and the Instaboom GSX barrier does this through a...

Lightbulb moment to help save the planet

Published 11 November 2019 | No comments
Written by Dan Ambrose
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Minimised energy use Sustainable solutions
Kier is committed to minimising its impact on the environment and has introduced several initiatives in its main site offices on the A13 Road Widening Project to help reduce its carbon footprint. Once such idea involved switching halogen and sodium bulbs in the main site offices (a former car showroom) to LED technology and installing infra-red sensors to ensure that...

Weekly SHEA Theme

Published 4 November 2019 | No comments
Written by Dan Ambrose
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Initiatives Management Supervision
How many times have you been sat in a meeting where the call for a ‘Safety Moment’ leads to everyone scrabbling around trying to find something vaguely-suitable to talk about? This often means Safety Moments are not relevant or poorly prepared and add little value to the start of a meeting. To combat this, the Kier A13 Road Widening Project...

Multi-Lingual Training

Published 4 November 2019 | No comments
Written by Dan Ambrose
CategoriesInclusion Language differences Literacy training Minority groups
The Kier A13 Road Widening Project has recently started offering operative training modules in Hindi and Punjabi, alongside the standard English language option. The initiative has been developed in conjunction with labour agency Fortel and has enabled the project to ensure that safety critical messages are communicated with its diverse workforce in an appropriate way, ensuring best understanding of key...

‘Meet the Team’ Open Days

Published 4 November 2019 | No comments
Written by Dan Ambrose
CategoriesCommunity liaison Complaint procedure Feedback/questionnaires Residents Sensitivity to neighbours Updates
The Kier team on the A13 Road Widening Project hold a monthly ‘Meet the Team’ event at their site offices in Thurrock. The event enables members of the public to attend – with no appointment necessary – to learn more about the project, ask questions or lodge complaints. The events are advertised via the project newsletter, on the website, social...