Kier Construction

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...

Air Quality for the Workforce

Published 28 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Gwen Blair
CategoriesAir quality Initiatives Occupational health risks Working methods
The Kier Site team had known early on the extreme working conditions involved in creating a new basement, in an existing building, which included demolition and excavation works in relatively confined spaces as well as installing new steel structures. To improve the working environment, the team introduced the LIFA HepaClean 4000 negative air machine. The powerful machine is ideal to...

Engineering ‘Have a Go’ Activity

Published 21 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Natalie Webster
CategoriesCareers advice Schools
A group of Year 10 and 11 students who are interested in construction as a future career visited the Everards Brewery site in Leicester. As well as a presentation about the site, a careers talk, a site tour and a Q&A, we provided a ‘Have a Go’ activity. Two of our site engineers led a session on setting out, including...

Highways England Blue Star for the SMP M23

Published 11 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesPPE Roads Traffic management Working methods
The SHE team working on the M23 SMART Motorways Programme have recently implemented Overhead Safe. Developed by Carnell’s Innovation Team as a Personal Hazard Alert System, Overhead Safe is worn by members of the site team where it provides a clear and visible warning of overhead hazards by illuminating the vest when it is within a designated warning zone. It...

National Walk to School Week

Published 10 September 2019 | No comments
Written by Natalie Webster
CategoriesCommunity liaison Healthy lifestyle advice Schools Worker fatigue
During National Walk to School Week 2019, (20th – 25th May), our site team at Bishop Ellis Primary School joined with the pupils and teachers on their walk to school. The pupils were encouraged to ask any questions they may have about the new building, which led to some interesting conversations. The site team were happy to get involved in...

Remote Controlled Barriers

Published 1 July 2019 | No comments
Written by John Quarless
CategoriesAccess/egress Barriers Protected and controlled access Traffic management
An operative stood on the gate daily, and the only task he was expected to carry out was to operate the barriers. Doing such a job bred boredom and isolation, which led to an increase in mobile phone usage on site. Mobile phone use is one of the biggest causes of incidents across the industry due to the operative’s concentration...

Cool Rush Hard Hat Insert

Published 13 June 2019 | No comments
Written by Steven Bromfield
CategoriesWeather protection
Working on construction projects provides all members of the construction team with a varied and ever changing work place. It also means that some trades are exposed to the elements and extremes of temperature. For a number of years, helmet liners have been available for cold weather working, however there has been little to assist workers in the warm summer...

Hasman Aeroseal

Published 24 May 2019 | No comments
Written by Gwen Blair
CategoriesBuilding maintenance Debris Dust prevention Fixtures and fittings Re-use Reduce Sustainable solutions Worker fatigue
The Hasman Aeroseal re-uses an existing piece of ventilation, reducing the waste produced by removing the existing ventilation, reducing the operatives’ workloads, limiting the creation of dust and cost needed to implement a new ventilation system, as well as maintaining the aesthetics of the final build. The HASMAN solution has meant that the team can quickly and effectively rejuvenate the...


Published 24 May 2019 | No comments
Written by Gwen Blair
CategoriesEmergency procedures Risk information
On site, we are always looking to reduce the risk of fire and protect the environment, site, workforce and public from the damages of heat and residual heat. On this project, we have been using FLIR ONE, which is a temperature censoring camera that can be attached to a mobile phone. The device is a quick, effective and inexpensive tool...