Trench Forming

Published 17 June 2019 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesDebris Dust prevention Noise Occupational health risks Working methods
On the James Paget Hospital site, we are working in the middle of the hospital. The way the project team have been forming trenches in existing concrete, is to have the floor sawed to a manageable size, have a lifting eye fitted and lifted out to dispose of. This method reduces the risks of HAVs, dust and constant noise that...

Cordless Caulking Gun

Published 10 June 2019 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods
We have been trialling a cordless caulking gun at Roydon Primary School. This is used by carpenters for their gripfill, painters for caulking, as well as all silicone tasks etc. The benefit of the battery powered guns (as opposed to manual ones) is that they cause less strain on wrists from constant squeezing movement. We will be promoting the use...

Green Travel Board

Published 8 May 2019 | No comments
Written by Jane King
CategoriesMonitoring Travel plans Workforce
As part of the project’s ‘Travel Plan’, we promote the various green travel options to all staff and the workforce. To promote this further and to capture the benefits the project is using a Green Miles Board. The board captures monthly ‘Green Miles’ travelled by the project staff by asking if they have used alternatives modes of transport to a...

3D App

Published 25 February 2019 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesWorkforce information Working methods
We have been using an App called LiveHome3DPro to great effect. In less than an hour you can create a 3D model of either a building or room you are working on with doors, windows, decorative finishes and materials used, and on completion have a live walk around the finished areas. This moves a flat plan into a real environment...

Traumafix

Published 6 February 2019 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesEmergency procedures First Aid Occupational health risks
As an industry it is always good to have the input from people from other backgrounds, and we have currently employed someone from a military background as a foreman. One question he asked was that as a high risk industry, do we have trauma bandages in case of a major bleed? Many sites don’t, they just have standard first aid...

Solar Power

Published 5 February 2019 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Sustainable solutions Sustainable source
At Lotus, we have introduced solar charged power banks to charge our mobile phones. These have been offered to the workforce to charge their phones. Now they can charge their phones in their toolboxes, rather than in the welfare facilities, potentially unattended. There are 83,100,000 mobile phones in the UK, and each takes 2kWh to charge over the course of...

Force 8 Respirators

Published 21 January 2019 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesBehaviour Occupational health risks PPE Workforce
We have recently introduced a ban on any of our employed staff from using the throw away dust masks. You only get one pair of lungs, so why risk it? We now only use Force 8 masks as a minimum. This will be rolled out to all subcontractors onsite shortly. It is easy to buy the cheap throw away dusk...

Battery Powered Cut-Off Saw

Published 21 January 2019 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesAir quality Noise Sustainable solutions
We are currently using battery powered cut-off saws, rather than petrol cut-off saws. The benefit to the site is that the saw can be used indoors as well as outdoors, due to the lack of emissions. There is no need to store petrol onsite, and the decibels rating is slightly lower than a petrol saw. It is also very lightweight...

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Published 21 January 2019 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesCareers advice Create opportunities Schools
We held a two day course on bricklaying at Attleborough Junior School, which is where we were building an extension and carrying out refurbishment works. The whole school took part, and participated in small groups. They were then presented with a Foundation in Brickwork certificate at the end of their hard work. This will hopefully encourage the next generation of...

Numbered Hi-Viz

Published 10 January 2019 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesPPE
On the Lotus Development, we are giving every person onsite (including Management) a unique number to put on their Hi-Viz clothing – we have bought stencils and fabric spray to do this, so the cost is negligible. The names are entered onto a log with corresponding number. This helps us easily identify people on a busy site, and makes it...

Subcontractor Briefing Point

Published 10 January 2019 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives First Aid Management Supervision Trade contractors
We decided to have a central point onsite where all supervisors of trades could meet in the morning with the main contractor management to collect permits, add to a dry wipe noticeboard information such as operative numbers, where they are working, what they need, what major deliveries are expected. It also has up to date relevant information like who the...

Cardboard Pallets

Published 21 December 2018 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesImplementation Sustainable solutions Sustainable source
We have been encouraging our supply chain to make use of corrugated cardboard pallets, and have bought some for site to move materials around with. This is because there are far too many wooden pallets on many construction sites. Although, weather conditions should be taken into consideration when using these cardboard pallets. Paper fibre for corrugated packaging is a renewable...

Electric Charging Point Legacy

Published 19 December 2018 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesFixtures and fittings Goodwill Legacy Schools
As part of a legacy to the school we are currently building an extension to, we have installed a permanent electric car charger at Roydon. We have also installed (as a gift) additional ducts for 10 spaces, so if the school wants to add future charging points, they can. The school is over the moon with this, as some of...

Site Security

Published 10 December 2018 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesBoundary security Property security Scaffold protection Site security
Due to advances in technology, we are currently using Long Range Solar Powered Wireless Perimeter Alarm Systems with 900 metre Transmission & 100 metre Detection. These are designed to help you protect your business, especially those sites with temporary fences, and potentially the thousands of pounds worth of materials found on any construction site. Designed for easy DIY installation, the...

Dewalt Tool Connect

Published 10 December 2018 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesProperty security
We have been using Dewalt Tool Connect onsite attached to forklifts, ladders, pallets, tools and all kinds of equipment. They can be tie wrapped or screwed to the item being used. We have downloaded the app which is available on android or iPhone. It can also be used as a signing out system for tools to individuals working on site, ...