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...

Bricklaying with School Children 1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

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, ...

Aspiration Tree

Published 4 December 2018 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Legacy Schools
On completion of the new extension to the Queens Hill Primary School, we made a tree out of an original beam from the demolition works which started as the trunk. We then got all the trades involved including scaffold as the branches, a wooden bird box, concrete foundations, brickwork, copper wire for smaller branches, ceiling fixing wire to hold the...

Gorilla Block Buster

Published 29 November 2018 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesInjuries Working methods
“Gorilla Block Busters” were bought for the site we are working on to give to the bricklayers to try. We are always looking for new initiatives to change the way we work to make it safer. These new bolsters for lightweight blocks are faster but more importantly your hands are out of the way of the strike zone, to prevent...

Battery powered wacker plate

Published 23 November 2018 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesReduce Sustainable solutions
The emission free, battery powered AS50 rammer provides protection to both the user and the environment while not compromising on compaction levels. Designed to work in poorly ventilated or sensitive areas, the AS50 is 100% emission free through its L-ion powered battery, which also reduces operating costs by 55% versus gasoline powered machines yet still offers the same performance levels....

Nutrition and wellbeing training 1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Published 12 November 2018 | One comment
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesE-learning Healthy lifestyle advice Personal development Training
At Morgan Sindall, we are using Future Learn which is a free online resource whereby individuals can take courses on numerous subjects ranging from all areas of life. I have personally taken the Nutrition and Wellbeing course which was held over six weeks and was provided by universities – the only part you pay for is the certificate if you...