Wates Construction


Worker Engagement Feedback Forms

Published 22 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesFeedback Healthy lifestyle advice Management attitudes Occupational health risks Worker fatigue
Due to coronavirus we have reduced our worker safety meetings. We have now developed worker engagement feedback forms, to ensure their safety and wellbeing and to action any issues confidentially on their behalf. Our site managers reach out to individuals and ask if they have everything they need for their tasks, if they feel supported by their line manager, that...

Visitor Induction Cards with Emergency Contact

Published 22 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesHealth screening Healthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Medications Occupational health risks
We have adapted our visitors induction to include guidance on adhering to the Government’s coronavirus guidance as well as visitors emergency contact details. This is a precaution in case the visitor has a medical emergency whilst visiting site.

Talk To Us Posters on Crane Bases

Published 22 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesMental health Posters
As well as seeking to prevent suicides through awareness campaigns and mental health first aid training we have put posters in and around our crane bases. If someone is suffering from suicidal thoughts they may try to come onto site when empty and use the crane as a method of suicide. We have put posters around the crane base in...

QR Code Driver Induction

Published 22 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Occupational health risks Supply chain Trade contractors Training
We have created a QR driver induction which is downloaded onto the drivers smart phone or tablet. This is to reduce waste of paper and reduce cross contamination during the coronavirus pandemic. The driver would then tick the vehicle signing in sheet to confirm that they had read the induction. To find out more, click the link below.

Aluminium Can Recycling Initiative

Published 22 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
To encourage the workforce to recycle and protect the environment, our recycling bins have been adapted with what cans fit into our bins. The visual is bright and noticeable and encourages our site to recycle where possible

Exterior Noise Level Meter

Published 10 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesNoise Sensitivity to neighbours
We have installed a noise level meter on our hoarding to demonstrate the noise levels generated from our site to the local community as part of our environmental impact awareness. In order to maintain transparency of our impact on the community and environment. We are keen to promote our environmental impact on our community.

On site takeaway

Published 1 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesCanteen Healthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Occupational health risks
On this project an on site takeaway has been implemented for the contractors. This is to discourage the workforce from going to heavily populated areas where there could be a risk of spreading or contracting coronavirus. Food is pre-ordered and the contractors pick up their lunch and snacks at staggered times with contactless payments and social distancing guidelines being adhered...

Coronavirus Compliance Marshal Training

Published 1 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Occupational health risks Training
All site managers and office staff have undertaken Coronavirus Marshal training. The course, launched by construction recruitment firm O’Neill & Brennan, will provide coronavirus training for construction workers. The course is certified on the Register of Regulated Qualifications by Ofqual, and provides  the opportunity to have a fully qualified Coronavirus compliance marshal on site. It will provide health and safety...

Health and Wellbeing – Thirsti Puck

Published 12 May 2020 | No comments
Written by Michael Coyle
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Worker fatigue
Here at Signature Barnet we have been trailing a new initiative amongst the site team to monitor and increase hydration using the ‘Thirsti Puck’ throughout 2020. The Puck is designed to improve hydration, helps to regulate blood pressure and digestion as well as preventing kidney damage as well as other performance health benefits. The device works alongside an app that...

Precautions for Coronavirus

Published 27 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Richard Trower
CategoriesCanteen Cleaning regime Medical conditions Posters Risk information Working methods
With the impending rise in COVID-19 cases in the UK, coupled with a large construction workforce on Wates’ sites, they have been implementing as many precautions as they can, such as: Hand sanitiser foam at turnstiles Washing facilities on site (welfare area) as well as ‘off site’ in the site compound welfare/canteen areas Hand sanitiser gel at the signing in...

Embedding Mental Health in Community Engagement

Published 9 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Ryan Gagg
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Goodwill Local and special needs Residents Schools Sensitivity to neighbours
With construction works well underway at York in-patients facility, delivering a mental health facility for our client (Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation NHS Trust), the site team effectively delivered an initiative with Applefields School in York, concurrent with the project being centred on mental health. The school, which provides specialist educational needs, signed up to a site visit in...

Bamford’s Waterblade

Published 17 February 2020 | No comments
Written by William Townsend
CategoriesReduce Sustainable solutions Water saving measures
This project has implemented the Bamford’s Waterblade product across its project as a method of mitigating the environmental impact of its welfare and offices. This product reduces water consumption and was identified as a valuable contributor to sustainable management by Wates Sustainable Technology Services. The waterblade is an easy to attach, retrofit adaptor for taps that helps to reduce flow...

Eco360 Desks

Published 13 January 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesGreen purchasing Re-use Recycle Reduce
As an opportunity to embrace a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, we invited TCi to provide ECO360® fully recyclable desks to our site office at Knowles House. The robust and smart desks are constructed from corrugated cardboard with a transparent acrylic top and can be recycled easily when no longer required. They have been designed for long-term-temporary...

QR Codes on Fieldview

Published 23 December 2019 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesProgramming Reduce Working methods
Knowles House is using QR codes for permits to reduce paper waste and to be more efficient on site. Any Manager can use their Field Tool App on a mobile device: tapping the bar code scan button opens the bar code scanner. This enables the device user to scan the code that has been placed on a location. This action...

Waterless Eco Toilet Cabins

Published 17 December 2019 | One comment
Written by Jamil Lalani
CategoriesEnergy efficient accommodation Implementation Recycle Water saving measures
This mobile waterless toilet block is a great solution for sites where there is no running water or sites that are short of space. Cabins come on the back of a wagon and from delivery take an hour to set up and be ready for use. The toilets utilise a unique belt and bag system which captures waste and pinches...