Clay Mat Spill Response Drain Covers

Published 2 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Emily Edwards
CategoriesHazardous substance storage Rivers/watercourses Spill control
Morgan Sindall have purchased a new product to keep in the site’s spill kit bins. Ecospill clay mats are temporary mouldable drain covers that can be deployed over drains/gullies in the event of a spill, to prevent the spread of pollution into the drainage system. The mats have a built in polymer reinforcing layer, and are oil and chemical resistant....

Translocation of Rare Moth Habitat

Published 24 February 2020 | No comments
Written by Emily Edwards
CategoriesAwareness Landscaping Post-completion impact Rivers/watercourses Specialist input Wildlife
As part of the installation of a new dive under railway tunnel, it was required to move rail lines across onto the route of a watercourse (Brook Drain North). The project team therefore constructed an upgraded river section to replace this loss, with the installation of a 840 metre long, four metre deep open engineered earth channel. During pre-construction ecology...

Window Protection

Published 17 February 2020 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesGreen purchasing Plastics and packaging Reduce
We have started using a spray on window protection, which is more environmentally friendly than protecting glass with plastics and tape. It is easily applied with a roller or spray, and it protects window panes from plaster, mortar and paints. If you use a long handled roller, it reduces the need for working at height. But in times of being...

Heras Fence Lifter

Published 3 February 2020 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesInjuries Occupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods
The project team have recently ordered two Heras fence lifters for their site, which makes carrying a panel so much easier for operatives. It only requires one person to lift the fence panel, and also prevents them from accidentally twisting their hands or wrists. The lifters were priced at under £20 each, making them a cost effective way of reducing...

Use of Press to Check Dust Masks

Published 27 January 2020 | No comments
Written by Jane King
CategoriesAir quality Occupational health risks PPE
We have mandated the use of press-to-check style masks instead of disposable masks. Exposure to construction dust remains one of the biggest causes of work related ill-health in our industry. While other control measures must first be implemented to eliminate or minimise the risk of exposure to harmful dusts or fumes/vapours caused by construction related activities, the use of appropriate...

Tarmac Planing

Published 27 January 2020 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesRe-use Recycle Reduce Roads Surrounding roads/pavements Sustainable solutions
On this project, the team have used recycled road scalpings to form their site car park. They needed 200 tons of the material, and compared to the material they usually use (granite type 1) their was a cost saving of 33%, and used a more environmentally friendly material and process. Roads are always being planed, and this is a good...

Health and Wellbeing

Published 13 January 2020 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesCanteen Recreation Rest Stress Worker fatigue
Morgan Sindall and its subcontractors all have strong beliefs regarding the wellbeing of the workforce and staff. As a result, during a sit down with our subcontractors, we all decided as a team to stop all work on Wednesdays between 9 and 10 am, and in this hour, only using phones for social purposes rather than taking work calls and getting...

Recycled Christmas Tree

Published 13 January 2020 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesGoodwill Goodwill work Labour Re-use Recycle Schools
Christmas has passed, but during the run up to it, we got a trainee onsite to recycle old pallets and turn them into the site’s Christmas tree, which was then placed in an area for the school to see as they left for the day. The school’s technology teacher, amongst others, loved it. The baubles have since been removed and...

BMI Scales

Published 17 December 2019 | No comments
Written by Renee Warner
CategoriesHealth screening Healthy lifestyle advice
Following a visit by an Occupational Health Nurse, the site has provided the workforce with a set of BMI scales which can be accessed in the first aid room and is linked to a phone app to set goals and measure progress. This provides a confidential method of improving overall health and fitness by alerting the workforce to obesity risks....

Bat Flight Route

Published 17 December 2019 | No comments
Written by Adrian Bolt
CategoriesAwareness Wildlife
Removal of an identified bat fly route hedge for access to working area was required. It was suggested to replace the hedge temporarily each night to enable the bats to continue to fly the route. Bat Fly Route Fencing (netting spread across the span previously occupied by the hedge) was installed on an easily movable frame. Further bat surveys, since...

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...