23 Tonne Prefabricated Roof

Published 9 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Aimee Nicol
CategoriesBirds Offsite construction Plant and machinery Prefabrication Vehicle enhancements Working methods
Robertson Homes brought in a 100 tonne crane to lift the prefabricated top back onto one of the historic towers of Great Glen Hall. The tower was one of the features damaged by fire in 2007, but has recently been lovingly rebuilt to its 19th-century glory. One of two being restored, the Western tower was the first to receive its...

Stair Protection

Published 3 February 2020 | No comments
Written by Jade Shahfar
CategoriesIdentification of near misses Supply chain engagement Working methods
Robertson Homes staircases come in from the manufacturer fitted with plastic, which could very quickly become a hazard as it can become loose along the edges of the treads. We have worked hard to come up with a long term solution to ensure operatives are prevented from slips, trips and falls, but also protects the stair while works are ongoing....

Combatting Fatigue, Anxiety and Depression

Published 17 December 2019 | No comments
Written by Anna Bramley
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Mental health Occupational health risks Posters Stress Worker fatigue
At Robertson we believe that a healthy workforce is a happy workforce! We value our workforce and understand that mental health problems and fatigue can affect anyone at any time. We operate an open door policy where employees and subcontractors can talk to a manager or Mental Health First Aider in absolute confidence. We provide a free helpline that offers...

CCS Presentation Wall

Published 9 December 2019 | No comments
Written by Hannah Taylor
CategoriesClients Public Supply chain Workforce
To promote our best practice examples we have allocated a wall in the site office that is visible to everyone that enters the site. On the wall we have displayed our CCS presentation which is regularly updated. This is so that everyone onsite can see what we have done since the beginning on the project towards CCS best practice, ask...

Tinnitus Tailor App

Published 10 September 2019 | No comments
Written by Jade O'Hara
CategoriesMedical conditions Noise Occupational health risks
At a Project Scheme Champion’s meeting, one subcontractor advised on their issues with tinnitus and how they have managed the condition by using a mobile phone app. The Tinnitis Tailor app provides background sound therapy, which greatly reduces the effects of tinnitus. As tinnitus is a common condition (affecting around 30% of people) and brought about by changes in noise...

Completing the Scheme’s e-learning course as a Toolbox Talk 1 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 5

Published 10 September 2019 | No comments
Written by Jade O'Hara
CategoriesE-learning Toolbox Talk Training Workforce
The site team registered the site as a whole on the Best Practice Hub, which allowed them to hold interactive workforce TBT’s using the e-learning modules – attendees are taken through the course followed by the quiz with answers discussed. Upon completion, pass certificates are displayed on the site’s best practice wall. To date, only the introductory module has been...

Laser Scanning for Underground Voids

Published 10 September 2019 | No comments
Written by Sean Hird
CategoriesImplementation Plant and machinery Programming Reduce
In order to minimise the volume of excavation material removed from site and the use of grout material to fill voids discovered by survey on and within the vicinity of the site, laser scanning technology was employed by the company to determine the precise depths. This involved lowering a 360 degree laser scanner into the void, attached to a tripod...

Donating Skills, Labour and Materials to Local Homeless Shelter

Published 2 September 2019 | No comments
Written by Hannah Taylor
CategoriesCharities/organisations Goodwill Labour Re-use Residents
The Lancaster & District Homeless Action Service (LDHAS) centre was founded in 1987 by a group of local churches and has since became a registered charity. Their day centre, based in Edward Street in Lancaster, provides advice, food, shower and laundry facilities. Initially, when we approached the service they were organising a Christmas dinner to be held in the local...

Eco Construction Project with Local School

Published 29 July 2019 | No comments
Written by Hannah Taylor
CategoriesAwareness Plastics and packaging Re-use Recycle Reduce Schools
To support the local primary school with their Environmental Week, we helped design and build an eco construction project. We began by visiting the school at their assembly. We talked about our project, different construction roles and construction H&S. Our site donated excess timber, pallets, screws, nails, paint and volunteers to help. We worked with the teachers to keep the...

School Visits: Building Material Game

Published 29 July 2019 | No comments
Written by Craig Shiell
CategoriesSchools
Within the training area at our site, we have built a game for the school visits. We have based it on the I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here trials, where the kids have got to guess what is in each box by touch only. We have placed a variety of different building materials and tools within each box,...

Qualifications on PPE

Published 24 June 2019 | No comments
Written by Kirsty Allan
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives PPE Workforce information
Keeping a track on operatives training qualifications is a challenge for any construction site, particularly for sites that have large number of site personnel (750+). To provide on-site reassurance that individual operatives are appropriately qualified to carry out the works they are undertaking, all sub-contractors have been encouraged to issue Hi-Viz vests with the company and operatives’ names, along with...

Colour Coded Barriers

Published 29 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Jane Elder
CategoriesAccess/egress Barriers Footpaths and diversions
The segregation of pedestrians from moving plant is always paramount in our traffic management plans. As such, we already maintain pedestrian barriers to all walkways. Whilst carrying out daily briefings, it was identified that the colour coding of areas identified on the briefing board could be transferred to the barriers on the walkways. Using coloured netting over pedestrian barriers would...

Adapted Excavator Bucket

Published 8 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Jane Elder
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods
This bucket adaptation was developed to deal with several issues relating to health and safety. It also reduced waste and improved quality. The concrete lorry was able to discharge directly into the bucket and from there, the concrete would be placed accurately into the foundation. The design of the bucket meant that the chute could be directed exactly where the...

Family Fridays

Published 21 March 2019 | No comments
Written by paul matthew
CategoriesBenefits Management attitudes Rest
Robertson Construction Eastern have started running “Family Fridays.” All staff and site personnel, including subcontractors, are encouraged to finish their work on Friday at 3pm, as we are keen to make work lifestyle balance much better for all. Staff then have the opportunity to collect their children from school/nursery etc., meaning there is no need for alternative arrangements childcare etc....

Waste Toner

Published 18 March 2019 | No comments
Written by Anne Edwards
CategoriesCharities/organisations Goodwill Recycle
On a previous projects, we wondered if we could make some money for charity by selling the recycled toner bottles from our Ricoh printer. We were aware that used printer cartridges can be sold online to raise money for charity, so we wondered if the same applied to toner bottles. We contacted a number of charities to see if they...