Working at Height Hard Hat Stickers

Published 6 June 2022 | No comments
Written by Barry Ryan
CategoriesControls Health risk assessments and monitoring Inspection and assurance
On this project, as part of their working at height peer review, they created a simple visual identification system to help identify the competency of site operatives working at height. For an operative to safely work at height, they require Work at Height training Level 1&2, Critical safety medical, Combisafety fencing training, Work at Height rescue training along with Formwork/False...

Free Falcon Fall Protection Anchor

Published 6 June 2022 | No comments
Written by Barry Ryan
CategoriesControls Health risk assessments and monitoring
On this project they are constructing a complex seven storey tower and frame and as such, working at height is one of the biggest health and safety risks. To ensure a safe system of work was established, the onsite team undertook a dedicated working at height peer review of the RC concrete frame. The on site team identified and proposed...

Cycle Safety Event

Published 6 June 2022 | No comments
Written by Barry Ryan
CategoriesCycle safety Pedestrian safety
Oxford is a cycling city and, with the popularity of cycling within the city on the rise , it is a great way to travel, keep fit and be environmentally friendly. As part of the contractor’s project, they have recognised the importance of cycling safely. With increasing construction traffic and heavy goods vehicles making deliveries to the site, they wanted...

FHOSS Halo System

Published 5 May 2022 | No comments
Written by Olivia Hack
CategoriesAdequate lighting Pedestrian safety Positioning of equipment, lighting and CCTV
Vehicle movements are without a doubt a risk to the health and safety of the workforce on any construction site. Particularly with darker mornings and evenings during the winter months where visibility is significantly reduced. The FHoss system provides illuminated walkway systems and crossings to enable a safe passage for operatives and improved visibility for drivers. Focused beams of light...

Safety Improvement Through the use of Precast Fixings

Published 20 December 2021 | No comments
Written by Bruce Nixon
CategoriesDust
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
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
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 plans
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...

QR Codes for Health and Wellbeing Resources

Published 4 October 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesAccess to health practitioners and counselling services Positive reinforcement for good safety practices
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...

Particulator

Published 4 October 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesCircular economy Lower embodied carbon content materials
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...

CreteBeater

Published 4 October 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesSpecialist input Water saving measures
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
CategoriesSanitary 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
CategoriesPromoting achievements
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 Feedback
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
CategoriesDisadvantaged and minority groups support Schools and nurseries Support for local charities
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....