Safety Improvement Through the use of Precast Fixings

Published 20 December 2021 | No comments
Written by Bruce Nixon
CategoriesAir quality Working methods and equipment
This contractor is using fixings pre-cast into the concrete slabs which minimises the need to drill the slab to create supports for the services modules. This therefore reduces the need to work at height and almost completely eliminates drilling and the dust it produces. This in turn creates a healthier and safer site to work on.

P-DfMA (Platform for Design, Manufacture and Assembly)

Published 20 December 2021 | No comments
Written by Bruce Nixon
CategoriesPrefabrication Reduce Sustainable procurement Sustainable solutions
This project is the world’s first large scale office building designed and constructed using the ‘kit of parts’ solution built on a P-DfMA structural frame. The platform system, known as P-DfMA (Platform for Design, Manufacture and Assembly), consists of a set of components that can be efficiently combined to produce highly customised structures. The system is based on repeatable processes...

Sustainability Newsletter

Published 4 October 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesInvolvement Newsletter Workforce
To help share best practice, new initiatives and learn lessons from other projects a sustainability newsletter has been created which is distributed around the whole company. The newsletter includes information such as sustainability performance, detailing positive success stories as well as areas for development. It also contains a number of case studies spanning environmental topics, employment and skills and community...

Self Defence for Women’s Safety

Published 4 October 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesTraining Training Workforce information
Common Sense Self Defence led an informative and action-packed session for all female staff across the project whether site based, working from home or off-site. This was implemented as the final part of the contractors 3-part plan for women’s wellbeing as their team returns to site, which has included focuses on period dignity and domestic violence prevention. The instructor began...

Particulator

Published 4 October 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesAir quality Plant and machinery Working methods and equipment
The Particulator is designed to be fitted to smaller construction machines and removes diesel particulate matter from exhaust gas. It consists of a filter that is encased in a steel jacket and a control box to regenerate the filter when required and monitor back pressure. The filter is made of cordierite, a synthetic ceramic, which provides high filtration whilst keeping...

QR Codes for Health and Wellbeing Resources

Published 4 October 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Posters
This contractor from the start of the pandemic worked with an onsite occupational health team, and their IT Team to develop a new way to distribute their monthly health campaigns to our workforce. They wanted to limit the number of personnel on site whilst works were reduced but still deliver their monthly health campaigns and presentations that would usually be...

CreteBeater

Published 4 October 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesReduce Specialist input Supply chain Sustainable solutions Water saving measures Working methods and equipment
The specialist contractor, JCoffey, have implemented a CreteBeater bath at their yard as a way to substantially reduce water use. CreteBeater is a concrete remover specifically designed to remove concrete and debris from tools and equipment in a safe way. It is biodegradable, non-toxic, non-corrosive and safe for human handling. The bath holds up to 600 litres of CreteBeater and...

3 Point Plan for Women’s Welfare

Published 4 October 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesDiversity Equality Helplines Inclusion Posters Sanitary bins
This contractor implemented a 3 Point Plan to support women’s wellbeing at work. This plan focused on domestic violence, period dignity and self-defence to create a safer environment both in and out of the workplace. This is especially poignant as domestic abuse reports significantly rose during lockdown & in 2020 it was reported that 55% of women were sexually harassed...

Sustainability Podcast

Published 27 September 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesAwareness Promoting achievements Workforce
This contractor has created a Sustainability Podcast available on social media and the contractor’s website, promoting a positive sustainable image of the construction industry. The podcast has been a vehicle to discuss challenges and opportunities sustainability presents to the construction industry, as well as the promotion of World Environment Day and sustainability graduate career opportunities. The benefits of this initiative...

Gender Equality Workshop

Published 27 September 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesConsultation Diversity Equality Feedback Inappropriate language Inclusion Management attitudes
To promote sustainable employment, a Women’s Network was established to enable locally recruited women to discuss key issues such as health, gender equality and celebrate International Women’s Day. The local women’s network provides the environment to enable women to not feel alone in a male dominated industry A recent outcome has been the creation of an interactive gender equality workshop...

Virtual Work Experience for Neurodiverse Students

Published 10 August 2021 | No comments
Written by Laura Regan
CategoriesCharities/organisations Disadvantaged groups Equality Schools
Working with The Courtyard, a school specialising in working with children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and/or communication needs, the contractor developed a six-week work experience specifically for neurodiverse students. This programme involved designing a welfare facility with coronavirus restrictions, using Matterport, DALUC and Google Sketch Up – this was based on a real-world problem for the project....

Fall Protection Management System

Published 10 August 2021 | No comments
Written by Laura Regan
CategoriesBarriers Communicate initiatives Controls Falling debris Workforce information
Every element of edge protection on the site is assessed by the contractor when it is put in position. Once they have assessed and signed off that element of edge protection, this is logged on the Fall Protection Management System on Fieldview and provided a QR code. This system allows the area of edge protection to be allocated to a...

Lateral Transport Unit

Published 12 July 2021 | No comments
Written by Olivia Hack
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods
Due to the complex nature of manoeuvring heavy, pre-cast soffit slabs in a site with many logistical constraints and challenges, the project engineers researched into what they could use to facilitate the movement of the slabs, whilst also reducing the associated health and safety risks. The slabs are required to be moved between different levels and different columns which, is...

Walk and Talk Mental Health Initiative

Published 9 July 2021 | No comments
Written by Olivia Hack
CategoriesAccess to health practitioners Healthy lifestyle advice Mental health Mental health first aiders
The recent Mental Health Awareness Week prompted this project to develop a ‘walk and talk’ scheme in an attempt to look outside of the box and further eliminate the stigma of mental health concerns – particularly stigmas within the construction industry. The concept of the ‘walk and talk’ scheme either as a group or an individual involves taking operatives out...

Electromagnetic Flow Meter

Published 5 July 2021 | No comments
Written by Olivia Hack
CategoriesInspections Monitoring and reporting Rivers/watercourses Spill control Water saving measures Working methods and equipment
To tackle a reoccurring issue of obstructions getting caught in the projects water flow meters and subsequently not recording accurately, the project has procured an electromagnetic flow meter. The measuring principle of this electromagnetic flow meter is based on Faraday’s Law. An electrode voltage is created when a conductive liquid pass through the flowmeter’s magnetic field. This eliminates any blockages...