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

Published 15 July 2019 | No comments
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...

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...

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...