Microsoft Teams Placements

Published 2 June 2021 | No comments
Written by Beth Miles
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Placements
During lockdown, this contractor looked for alternative ways of delivering educational engagement across the board so they decided to trial using Microsoft Teams for this work experience placement. The experience provided 7 Loughborough College students with a 40 hour work placement proving extremely popular after previously having the experience over Speakers for Schools in May.The placement gave students an insight...

Mental Health First Aider Cards

Published 2 June 2021 | No comments
Written by Beth Miles
CategoriesAccess to health practitioners Counselling services Mental health Mental health first aiders
Mental health can have a considerable impact on the industry. It was important that this contractor found a system which supported their employees to not feel ashamed or embarrassed to seek help. During an on site meeting the Public Liaison Officer and operatives discussed how they could further support mental health on site. They asked the operatives how they can...

Fatigue Management Controls for 24 Hour Working 2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 52 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5

Published 29 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Emily Edwards
CategoriesControls Health screening Management Occupational health risks Worker fatigue Workforce information Working methods
Major transport infrastructure projects often require periods of working around the clock during planned closures (e.g. on the rail network, motorways). This contractor recently executed a 9 day period of 24 hour working during a ‘blockade’ closure of the Network Rail East Coast Mainline. Various blockade specific controls were introduced around fatigue to protect workforce safety and wellbeing, including the...

Laptop Donations in Aid of Digital Poverty

Published 22 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Alexander Lockey
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Schools
The contractor donated five laptops to a local School to assist students with limited access to technology at home with their school work through the pandemic. For many children it has been difficult participating in school work from home and in some cases pupils are working from a mobile phone. To show their commitment to the local community the contractor...

Antibacterial Face Coverings

Published 22 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Alexander Lockey
CategoriesMedical conditions Occupational health risks
This contractor has provided their workforce with washable snoods to wear under their new site measures which includes wearing a face mask. All operatives are given one of these as part of their induction. These masks are more comfortable to wear and therefore promotes the workforce to wear them. They are adjustable to find a better fit, are made from...

Using Alternative Fuels to Improve Air Quality and Carbon Reduction

Published 18 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Jane King
CategoriesAir quality Hybrid/electric plant Plant and machinery
On the University of Salford SEE project they are using Green D+ fuel as part of its plans to improve local air quality and reduce the carbon footprint of the construction process. Green D+ HVO is an enhanced Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil manufactured from 100% renewable and sustainable waste derived raw materials, accepted by the Road Transport Fuel Obligation and certified...

Warm Up Safety Sessions

Published 1 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Irina Ursu
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Training Workforce consultation
A warm up session takes place on the project at the start of every week. The purpose of the session is to get the operatives into thinking about safety. After a long weekend, people could be coming into work more relaxed this can be a factors that causes incidents. In the session, the operatives are given a scenario on a...

Mood Meter

Published 1 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Irina Ursu
CategoriesMental health Occupational health risks
The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has had a marked effect on people’s mental health. The Lack of social life and continued work had some impact on construction workers. Being at work most of the times, the contractor identified the need for creating support from colleagues and managers. They decided to introduce mood meter. Arriving onsite, workers are encouraged to take...

SHE Brief Area

Published 8 February 2021 | No comments
Written by Louise McKay
CategoriesDaily briefing Training Workforce consultation Workforce information Working methods
A Specially built SHE brief area that is used both for the morning and afternoon coordination briefings has been implemented. This is positioned within the welfare area, the SHE Brief Area is the first point of contact when an operative or a site visitor enters into the welfare area or is accessing site. Displayed within the SHE Brief Area is,...

MEWP Mat

Published 8 February 2021 | No comments
Written by Louise McKay
CategoriesFootpaths and diversions Mud Traffic management Working methods
A purposely built 5 metre wide MEWP Mat surrounding the building footprint has been implemented. This was originally formed to support the piling rig they had on site with the new addition of the tarmac strip it has now been adapted to support any plant they have on site. With sections being used as a footpath for the site operatives...

Coronavirus Shielding

Published 19 January 2021 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesMental health Workforce information
The site manager has been asked to shield as he is extremely vunerable. For the sake of mental health and still to be included with the site team he asked if he could put a camera on a monitor so he can keep up with progress and changes so on his return there is no catching up. If the camera...

Carbon Reduction

Published 11 January 2021 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesCarbon management Management Reporting and offsetting
Morgan Sindall as a company and a leader in tackling Environmental issues are going to introduce an internal carbon charge. The output of most projects can be calculated with the existing carbon calculator tool, which works out how much is generated throughout a projects lifecycle. Each division will pay a charge per tonne of carbon they generate which will paid...

Non Contact Signing In App

Published 14 December 2020 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesAccess/egress Drills Protected and controlled access Signing in Signing out
The project team are using a new signing in station, which when you register a new user they get an invite to download the companion app. Once they have downloaded the app they get a QR code, without touching the apparatus they then point their QR code at the screen and it signs them in and does the same for...

Environmental Response Trailer 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 7 December 2020 | One comment
Written by Abi Clifford
CategoriesEmergency procedures Initiatives Spill control Working methods
Although all construction sites are different, there are some common risks which can be found on most, if not all. For example, where plant and machinery are working, there is always a risk of fuel leaks and hydraulic oil spills into the environment. It is therefore imperative that trained personnel alongside relevant equipment and supplies are on hand to tackle...

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...