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QR Code – Information Hub

Published 12 July 2021 | No comments
Written by Imogen Tanqueray
CategoriesAccess to health practitioners and counselling services Consultation on health and safety Feedback Induction and training Posters Toolbox talks and daily briefings
On this project, they have set up an information hub web page. This is accessed via a QR code which has been put on posters across the site . The Information Hub is for all operatives, supervisors and managers working on site, and contains useful information including: Dates, Times and Locations for Daily Coordination Meeting, Health and Safety Meetings Daily...

Height Adjustable Desks in Site Office

Published 12 July 2021 | No comments
Written by Imogen Tanqueray
CategoriesExercise
On this project in the site office they are using desks that are adjustable by height. This has allowed staff more flexibility in their working environment, whereby staff can choose to work standing or sitting, and can change throughout the day. These desks have been received really well by the team, especially for those with chronic back pain who feel...

Insight Timer

Published 5 May 2021 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesAccess to health practitioners and counselling services Mental health Wellbeing events
As an employer, the contractor has a duty of care to ensure that health, safety and wellbeing, and that of others, is not affected whilst at work. They also has a legal duty to manage the risks from fatigue, irrespective of a person’s willingness to work extra hours or preference for certain shift patterns or social reasons. They have implemented...

Happiness Playlist

Published 5 May 2021 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesMental health
The project team have created their own Spotify Playlist to play in the office and on personal devices. These are different tracks from when each member of the team was eleven years old. This has been proven by the Happiness Institute in Denmark to encourage happy thoughts, release endorphins and it’s when we hit our musical peak. The songs evoke...

Soundex Cutting Enclosure Trial

Published 20 April 2021 | No comments
Written by Sally Kinchin
CategoriesNoise
This contractor has assisted with product development and feedback of the Soundex Cutting Enclosure. The enclosure was constructed under the guidance of a technical consultant and trialled by their SFS contractor. Feedback was given to them on potential improvements around working space. With the site abutting a live school and residential housing, the Soundex Cutting station provided an environment where...

Recycled Old School Cubicles

Published 20 April 2021 | No comments
Written by Sally Kinchin
CategoriesSuitable/accessible separate facilities
Changing cubicles donated from an old school which had become redundant due to the school being demolished are being used as changing areas in the welfare area for the site operatives. Due to Site Operating Procedures and the two metre social distancing rule it allows two operatives in the changing area at one time. These cubicles allow five operatives to...

Plasloc System

Published 20 April 2021 | No comments
Written by Sally Kinchin
CategoriesSuitable/accessible separate facilities
To remain compliant with Site Operating Procedures, this project has used the Plasloc system due to its flexibility to construct around existing set ups and waste reduction capabilities. At a time where there is a focus on maintaining a clean and sterile environment, Plasloc PVC-U allows for easy clean and upkeep of welfare and office environments. The standard internal site...

Environmentally Friendly Concrete Washout

Published 20 April 2021 | No comments
Written by Sally Kinchin
CategoriesSpill prevention
A specially designed wash out skip was used in conjunction with concrete pump operations. The pan is designed to fit underneath the rear hopper, allowing the pump to wash out without spillage and the associated environmental risk. The Eco-Pan provider carry out a concrete collection service, so if there is no intended use for any excess concrete, it can be...

Blocklocker

Published 20 April 2021 | No comments
Written by Sally Kinchin
CategoriesPreventing unauthorised access
The boundary of this project has a range of live services running around the site boundary, so using the ‘Blocklocker’ system for kentledge protection to freestanding hoard systems allowed them to erect the hoarding on existing ground with no added risk, while maintaining a secure site boundary at all times. The Blocklocker prohibits tampering of the kentledge system and offers...

Children’s Book Project

Published 7 April 2021 | No comments
Written by Max Jenkinson
CategoriesCommunity engagement Schools and nurseries Support for local charities
On this project the site team have set up a donation box for second hand books on the site perimeter hoarding. Operatives, pedestrians and employees are able to donate books which not only get distributed to local families but also get distributed to local schools too. The aim is engage young people and families and empower future leaders.

Cabin for Food Donations

Published 8 February 2021 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesCommunity engagement
The project team gave a local college a cabin so they could keep their food donations dry. Their food bank supports over 50 vulnerable families the school community as well as those who struggle with food poverty, have no recourse to public funds, are unemployed and are unable to access universal credit. The contractor has also donated a fridge freezer...

Memorial For a Subcontractor

Published 26 January 2021 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesAccess to health practitioners and counselling services Mental health
The project team were all deeply saddened of the loss of Terry Tyler from LJJ LTD on 16th January 2021. Terry was much liked and respected by everyone on the Knowles House project. To encourage the workforce to talk about their grief regarding the loss of a work colleague, the project team have put up memorials and set up an...

Sponsorship of Road Safety Scheme

Published 19 January 2021 | No comments
Written by Sally Kinchin
CategoriesCommunity engagement Pedestrian safety Schools and nurseries
The project team at Langley Grammar School have sponsored the ‘Outside your school’ Road Safety Campaign in the Slough area. The funding pays for: Campaign posters, materials and communications. Pages on multiple campaign websites. Multiple Twitter campaign announcements. Multiple Facebook campaign announcements. The campaign aims to combat the prevalence of dangerous and inappropriate driver behaviour in the vicinity of schools,...

Food Donation to a School

Published 14 December 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesCommunity engagement Schools and nurseries
The project team donated food to a school located in one of the most deprived areas of Brent. Parents have struggled to buy essentials for their children and in some cases gone without food themselves to feed their children. Many of them wake up everyday facing insecurity, uncertainty, and impossible decisions about money. It means facing marginalisation, discrimination and constant...

ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Training

Published 14 December 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesAccess to health practitioners and counselling services Mental health
With suicide being the ‘silent killer’ in the construction industry two members of the project team attended an accredited two day, interactive training course that prepares them to provide suicide first aid interventions. The training course included: Be suicide alert – identify people who have thoughts of suicide Understand the reasons behind thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living...