Tagging System: Temporary Works

Published 21 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Jane King
CategoriesRisk information Working methods
The site has been using colour coded plastic tags to identify the inspection status of every item of lifting equipment, chains, slings, shackles etc. for some time. They are fixed to each component used in every lifting operation, following validation of respective testing certificates and associated method statements, and they provide time restricted approval. This enables surety of equipment to...

IPAF Entry Locked Cherry Pickers

Published 21 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesDriver information Protected and controlled access Site security Vehicle enhancements
The steelwork erector’s cherry pickers were delivered to site with access control systems fitted. This means only someone with an IPAF+ card can start and use the machine. This is done by scanning the IPAF card over the reader, which then recognises the suitably trained operative and allows the MEWP to start up. This can be over-ridden using a 4...

War on Waste Personal Pledges

Published 21 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesRe-use Recycle Reduce Workforce
Construction as an industry (along with many other industries and the world as a whole) produces far too much waste. To help tackle this issue, we have started a scheme called: War on Waste whereby personal pledges are made with regard to reducing, re-using and recycling with a view that the pledges are then passed onto friends and family. My...

Pedestrian Walkways

Published 11 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesRe-use Reduce Sustainable solutions
Instead of buying in paving slabs to put around welfare which would only be thrown away at the end of a contract, we have purchased ground protection mats which can be easily installed and moved as the project progresses. They can also easily be taken from one project to another. They withstand heavy use and plant can move over them...

Magnetic Signage

Published 23 September 2019 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesRe-use Safety signage
Most of the construction industries welfare units are made of metal, so by attaching signage to a magnetic background, this enables re-use or an easy change of location. Whereas traditional methods of putting up signage by either sticking or screwing prevents further use. We are also using magnetic thumbs up signage on plant and machinery (the fact that most machines...

Bee Hive Donation

Published 16 September 2019 | No comments
Written by Nicola Rendell
CategoriesAwareness Schools Wildlife
As part of our ongoing commitments to improving the environmental and also leaving a legacy on the projects we deliver, we have taken delivery of a brand new bee hive and starter kit, which we will be donating to the school as part of our works. As has been well publicised, bees are on the decline and are a vital...

Bat Survey

Published 10 September 2019 | No comments
Written by Nicola Rendell
CategoriesSchools Trees Wildlife
The site team are participating in the Bat Conservation Trust Sunset-Sunrise survey. Our findings are then submitted online to the bat monitoring programme. As a site team, we were looking at ideas to involve the whole site team, including sub contractors, in projects to do with the environment. We are due to complete the construction of a new primary school...

Field View App

Published 5 August 2019 | No comments
Written by Karen Jones
CategoriesReporting Risk information Working methods
Morgan Sindall have started using a Viewpoint programme called Field View at the A421 Dualling Project. This site is the first in the Highways to division to use it and so it is the first of its kind. Field View is mainly used as an app on tablets and phones to allow those on site to immediately access drawings and...

Bring your Dog to Work 1 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 5

Published 29 July 2019 | One comment
Written by Karen Jones
CategoriesRecreation Rest Stress
Alan Hay, our Structures Agent, brings his dog Darcy (a two year old Labrador) into the office once a week. All the staff love her, it lifts the office spirit and the office has a very calm atmosphere when she’s in as she takes the stress away. She gets lots of fuss and treats, and all the staff play with...

Toolbox Talks on Razor Blades

Published 29 July 2019 | No comments
Written by Karen Jones
CategoriesRisk information Toolbox Talk Workforce information
In certain areas, individuals have been melting razor blades to traffic management signage and frames with the intention to harm individuals who handle them during their working activities. An incident like this occurred near to one of our sites in Cumbria, however luckily no-one was hurt. As a result, a toolbox talk was given to all our site operatives and...

A421 Trees Get New Homes in the Community

Published 22 July 2019 | No comments
Written by Karen Jones
CategoriesGoodwill Planting Schools Trees
The project team at Morgan Sindall and CBC have been out donating tree saplings to the local community. In the picture Michael Williams from CBC and Tyler Shaw from Morgan Sindall are handing over the saplings to the students. We transplanted 300 young trees, as they were growing where the new dual carriageway road will be built. In June, the...

What3Words: Emergency Response 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 15 July 2019 | One comment
Written by Jane King
CategoriesAccess/egress Emergency procedures Routes
What3words provides a precise and incredibly simple way to talk about an exact location. It takes complex GPS coordinates and converts them into unique 3 word addresses. The Spine project is in the middle of a multi project development site which is extensive, surrounded by arterial roads and several access/ egress gates. In the event of an emergency, this could...

Hot Works

Published 15 July 2019 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesRisk information Safety signage Workforce information
We have been using the wet floor stands with a different sign on it which states that hot works are being carried out in the area. We are using two of these in our work area when hot works are being carried out, and this is to warn security personnel, the public, staff and building managers that the smell of...

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...