Portable Hot Works Fire Point Alarm

Published 30 November 2020 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesAccess/egress Emergency procedures Initiatives Working methods
The project team came up with the idea of a portable fire alarm point. The alarm is linked in and numbered on the system. The portable call point is handed out when an electronic hot work permit is issued as there is an increased risk of fire where hot works are being carried out. Having an alarm in that area...

Lithium Fire Extinguishers

Published 30 November 2020 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesEmergency procedures Initiatives
Lithium fire extinguishers have been installed near contractors battery charging banks. These have also been installed in offices where laptops are being used along with the potential of mobile phone battery fires. These are the only extinguisher that are suitable for putting out or cooling a lithium battery fire. Once the battery has been cooled it must be moved outside...

Two Minutes Silence for Remembrance Day

Published 18 November 2020 | No comments
Written by Barney Sparrow
CategoriesCharities/organisations Corporate Social Responsibility action plan Schools Workforce
On world quality day the project team started with a very moving 2 minutes silence at 11am which was respectfully observed and shared amongst the construction team, clients and most importantly included the school pupils and teachers of Westvale Park Primary Academy. The children did the project proud by showing the upmost respect and the project forklift proudly lifted a...

Reviewing the Existing Energy Usage and the Building Management System for a College

Published 18 November 2020 | No comments
Written by Matt Cade
CategoriesBusinesses Community liaison Cooperation Corporate Social Responsibility action plan Goodwill Schools
The school noted to the project team that their energy bills were really high for the newer section (approx. 10 years old) of the existing school and that they were having problems with the Building Management System (BMS). As a favour the senior building services manager spent some time with them in reviewing why this could be which included: •...

Mobile Hot Work Kit

Published 18 November 2020 | No comments
Written by Barney Sparrow
CategoriesEmergency procedures Initiatives Working methods
The project team have provided a mobile hot work kit which they have rolled out to their subcontractors The dual hot work kit ensures that the subcontractors are prepared for all eventualities, with a 2kg powder and a 2 litre foam extinguisher, in addition to a 1.2m x 1.8m fire blanket. The hot works permit can be stored along with...

MEWP Charging Station

Published 18 November 2020 | No comments
Written by Barney Sparrow
CategoriesControls Emergency procedures Initiatives
The project team have introduced a fire safety protection measure for charging MEWP’s internally within a timber frame building. They have introduced marked out designated MEWP charging stations located in main hall, which has fixed above two 2kg automatic fire extinguishers with a sprinkler head fitting. A heat detector (Biosite) is also positioned above the station alongside the fire extinguishers....

Knauf Spray Plaster

Published 18 November 2020 | No comments
Written by Barney Sparrow
CategoriesAir quality Carbon offsetting Energy saving measures Improvement Reduce Spill control Sustainable solutions
As an internal wall finish the project team have carried out a method of preparing the internal walls for finish, which was the Knauf Airless Finish which is a highly efficient spray applied alternative to traditional plaster for finishing walls and ceilings. From a CO2 perspective, transport costs will be similar to traditional products. This is because the airless plaster...

Roller Ramp

Published 10 November 2020 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods
This site purchased a roller ramp to assist with moving materials in many locations where levels are different up into a van for example or where floor levels change. This product is very versatile and can be be purchased with or without handrails. The item is also lightweight and covers a lot of situations found on construction sites. The benefits...

Site Team Exercise

Published 2 November 2020 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Mental health Occupational health risks Worker fatigue
Sitting at a PC all day is not good for the mind or the body so the site team looked at solutions to help overcome this and get the blood and oxygen flowing. The team purchased a treadmill with desk attachment so people can walk and look at their laptop on the go. There is a rota system in place...

Electric Bike

Published 26 October 2020 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Minimised fuel use Reduce Worker fatigue
Due to the site having two sections that are a 1 mile round trip and the site manager having medical issues the site team purchased an electric bike. Visiting between sites can happen several times a day and can add up to 10 plus miles during the course of the day. Having the electric bike also assists with a faster...

Alternative to Single Use Plastic

Published 5 October 2020 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Recycle
It is estimated our industry disposes of 2 million plastic sealant cartridges each week in the UK. This contributes to a significant amount of single use plastic, in an industry which consumes nearly a quarter of all plastic. Alternative ‘foil sausages’ or ‘chubs’ are readily available for all sealant applications and can reduce waste by up to 95%. The benefits...

STEM Delivery using Activity Cards

Published 30 September 2020 | No comments
Written by Michael Little
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Schools
Due to the coronavirus led lockdown we were unable to deliver our existing plans to engage with local schools. In response, we developed simple activity cards aimed at Primary School children. Each activity is linked to job roles in the industry and STEM related enabling children to gain insight into the construction industry while linking to their curriculum. This resource...

Reducing Environmental Impact of Signage

Published 30 September 2020 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesImprovement Plastics and packaging Recycle
A significant amount of signage is used each year and typically this is made from a PVC plastic called Foamex. This project is now looking at using an alternative product for a majority of signs and boards. The alternative product called Akyprint is made from polypropylene. This is less harmful to the enviroment in its manufacture and is also more...

Lazer Level with Vacuum Suction

Published 7 July 2020 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesDust prevention Occupational health risks Tidiness Working methods
On this project they are using a lazer level with a vacuum suction function which instantly attaches to any surface without causing damage at the press of a button. The product has built-in levels and a hole you drill through with automatically collects the dusts keeping the work environment dust free. The electrician and mechanical engineer now also use this...

Drawings on Large Screens

Published 7 July 2020 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Supply chain engagement Workforce information
During these times of change due to the pandemic we have been looking at ways to change. We have 2 large screens one in the office and 1 onsite in a safe area. This enable us to call up drawings on our laptops and from a safe distance these can be looked at with the Subcontractor using a mouse to...