Company car selection incentives to reduce carbon emissions

Published 5 February 2018 | No comments
Written by Henry Reynolds
CategoriesAir quality Minimised fuel use Reduce Travel plans Workforce
At Morgan Sindall we are committed to improving the environment in which we work and live in. Reducing our carbon emissions and improving air quality is one way of doing this. Incentives are produced as part of the company car selection process, based on base model CO2 figures and deviation from the same. As stated in the company car policy:...

Enhance site appearance with recycled materials

Published 5 February 2018 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesRe-use
Reusing leftover and old materials for various things around the site to help enhance the appearance and put a smile on peoples faces. During the course of any construction project there is a whole raft of things that can be used to enhance and save money on buying in new materials for the same purpose. In an age where everyone...

Heated jacket to protect the workforce from the cold

Published 2 February 2018 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesOccupational health risks Weather protection Worker fatigue
The Construction Site can be a cold place in winter with muscles needing to be kept warm to function. On our site we have looked for a solution to this issue and found a heated jacket. The jacket is size adjustable meaning men and women can wear and it can also be worn under another jacket. The heating panels on...

Scrolling LED sign

Published 16 January 2018 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Workforce information
Instead of walls filled with paper signs we trialled a Scrolling LED sign which links to a computer for ease of use to update messages. Using this stands out and gets the message across quickly. The messages can be important information to keep the workforce up to date with hazards, safety initiatives or, important events etc.

Mr Safe T

Published 16 January 2018 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesSchools
A character was made up (Mr Safe T) while working on a school to show what a construction worker should look like in full PPE to primary age children. A walkie talkie was placed in his pocket and children would talk to him and get replies to any questions they asked.

Lifting Eye for Lifting Road Plates 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 9 January 2018 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods
We came up with a lifting eye solution for road plates, which involved  cutting a hole in the centre of steel roadplate and a bespoke lifting eye being fitted. This meant the roadplates can be lifted safely with chains instead of the usual method of using the forks of a forklift which have the tendency to let the roadplate slide and...

Tablet Toolbox Talks 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 5 January 2018 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesTraining
The use of a tablet to deliver all manners of toolbox talk videos allows for a more individual approach directly on site. The videos include plant, machinery, product familiarisation and safety messages, allowing direct delivery of a better understanding to the workforce. Videos are available to download directly to the tablet from numerous online sources, making this a quick and easy...

Traffic Management Barrier

Published 3 October 2017 | No comments
Written by Sean Clemie
CategoriesBarriers Safety signage
It is a common failing on road projects that the workforce are unaware of the level of protection given by temporary safety barriers in use on site. Here at the M8 Jct29a site we have started to mark on the side of the barrier the safety clearance zone alongside the chainage markers, so that the workforce know clearly how close...

Sub-contractor performance board 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 26 September 2017 | No comments
Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesScheme posters/banners Supply chain Supply chain Trade contractors Workforce
The site team has a board to score sub-contractor performance onsite. We decided to score these sub-contractors against the 5 points of the CCS Code of Considerate Practice and had a board specially made for this purpose. A 10 score is the top on each subject adding up to a possible 50, much in the same way as we are...

STEM Insight teacher placements

Published 26 May 2017 | No comments
Written by John Kean
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges
The STEM Insight programme provides a unique and stimulating experience for teachers, lecturers, managers and technicians to update their knowledge and awareness of modern STEM related careers. Morgan Sindall Aviation hosted a lecturer from Heathrow Aviation Engineering University Technical College, on a five day placement providing him with an exceptional opportunity to experience construction within a live operational environment at...

Inspiring Students into the Construction Industry

Published 19 April 2017 | No comments
Written by Nabeel Javed
CategoriesColleges
Morgan Sindall have recently sent trainee site manager Nabeel Javed to visit local colleges/schools to deliver a presentation which has engaged students in educating them about the construction industry and why they should consider a career in construction. As a trainee site manager currently on a trainee development programme, Nabeel is not far off from being in the same position they...

Road Sweeper Washout Facility 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 4 April 2017 | No comments
Written by Charlotte Taylor
CategoriesDebris Water saving measures
The discharge from a road sweeper is classified as waste unless it is treated. The A6MARR team has installed a Road Sweeper Washout Facility to treat the discharge on site from the road sweepers. Water from the sweepers is discharged into the filter pit, lined with either concrete or plastic to prevent ground contamination. The water is then held up...

Concrete Washout Cube

Published 4 April 2017 | No comments
Written by Charlotte Taylor
CategoriesHazardous substance storage Plant and machinery Spill control
Concrete washout cubes are used to contain concrete washout when wagon chutes are cleaned after delivery to the construction site. Concrete washout water is hazardous to the environment because of the high pH levels and chemical additives. The washout cubes are constructed from IBCs where the top is cut off and a filter bag is inserted inside. Concrete wagons are...

The Light Balloon Module System

Published 19 September 2016 | No comments
Written by Tom Cummins
CategoriesLighting Roads
Works were being carried out for the removal of existing street lighting on the A34 and A555. To ensure there was adequate lighting for the travelling members of the public and the workforce carrying out night work activities, an alternative light source was required. After some research and a trial period the Light Balloon Module system was found to be...

Public Exhibitions

Published 12 September 2016 | No comments
Written by Tom Cummins
CategoriesCamera Programming
As part of the Mission Room, CMS purchased a desktop version of the system so that it could be used on the go. The system is far more mobile than the hybrid setup and allows CMS to carry out briefings, toolbox talks and safety discussions to site office/welfare units. It will also be used for Public Exhibitions. The desktop system...