Wates Construction


Senior Leadership Wall Planner Calendar

Published 12 February 2018 | No comments
Written by Adam Cannon
CategoriesManagement attitudes
As with every business there is always a lot of weekly and monthly reporting to do. In order that the senior leadership team can keep track of this, Wates have decided to create an easy wall planner calendar this year. This makes sure that the leadership team can have this displayed at their place of work alongside their diary allowing...

Road Safety Signage for Drivers

Published 26 September 2017 | No comments
Written by Wahid Rehman
CategoriesBehaviour Cycle safety Driver information Scheme vehicle stickers
We have created simple safety stickers for van drivers to stick on the back of their vans to warn cyclists about passing vans on the left. This has been received very well by the drivers. Plus as they are fitting the warning notice/stickers, it has made then more aware and vigilant of other road users. We have noticed some older...

Steel Frame Systems Helping Hand Safety Clips

Published 26 September 2017 | No comments
Written by Kevin Crawford
CategoriesRecording accidents Working methods
In multi-storey framed construction, it is now common practice to use light steel infill walls to create a rapid dry envelope to support the external cladding. The same form of construction may be used as separating or compartment walls between different parts of the building. The use of light steel infill walls may be applied to steel or concrete framed...

Building bricks for tenants’ drop-in sessions

Published 29 August 2017 | No comments
Written by Aggie Kelsey
CategoriesCommunity liaison Residents
On our site in Wythenshawe we are working on tenanted properties. We have regular tenants drop-in sessions during the works to update tenants on the progress of works and check if they have any issues/suggestions that they want to raise with our site team. As many of our tenants are parents a lot of children were present at these sessions....

Dust suppression with cordless mobile vacuum cleaner

Published 20 March 2017 | No comments
Written by Tony Merrell
CategoriesDust prevention Occupational health risks Tidiness
Building sites inevitably produce dust. This can be from cement dust, cutting wood, demolition, and general dust generated by the workers on site. Dust is a very serious hazard, not only to plant and equipment, impairing its efficiency and longevity, but more importantly to operatives on site. Dust can cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which covers many lung conditions that...

Preparing Students for the Future

Published 17 March 2017 | No comments
Written by Anita Elahi
CategoriesColleges Schools
As part of our commitment to training and developing young people, we hold mock interviews with years 10 and 11 students at schools across the region, giving students the opportunity to meet real people from the world of employment and practice their interview techniques. After the interviews, we give the students feedback and areas for improvement. We also give the...

Supporting Visually Impaired Visitors

Published 25 November 2016 | No comments
Written by Lisa Palmer
CategoriesLocal and special needs Visual/hearing impaired
Wates Construction support visually impaired visitors by using the following items on our site. Enhanced bright tape which is used on all steps, doorways, kitchen hobs, edges Bumpons are used on light switches, microwave, kettle to help people find buttons and used as an indicator to operate items Liquid indicator – this is in all our kitchens on sites for...

Sunny Cam Safety Glasses

Published 16 November 2016 | No comments
Written by Danielle Woodhouse
CategoriesBoundary security Initiatives
Following on from a recent Considerate Constructors Scheme visit to our  Mulberry UTC site we received high appraisal for the use of SunnyCam Safety Glasses. These prevent accidents from happening by recording operatives at work to ensure they work safely. Advantages of these safety glasses Up to 3 hours of video recording with on/off activation HD video camera built between...

SEATS Training

Published 13 April 2016 | No comments
Written by Sophie Dyer
CategoriesAwareness Certifications Management policy and planning Supply chain Supply chain Training Workforce
At Wates, it is a minimum requirement that all supervisors on site are SEATS (Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme) trained. This course is site safety plus accredited and covers the environmental aspects of the CITB health, safety and environmental test and help to raise awareness of the issues encountered by many construction sites. To assist our supply chain in this training we discount...

On site Breathe Easy training

Published 4 September 2015 | No comments
Written by Adam Cannon
CategoriesAir quality Occupational health risks Training
To ensure that the Asbestos removal contract could operate safely, ‘Breathe Easy’ kit training was organised on site, for all nine operatives. As asbestos removal is a high risk activity it was essential that all staff were fully up to speed with the risks and how to safely deal with asbestos related work, before going to work in the enclosures. This...

Clear Directional Signs

Published 2 September 2015 | No comments
Written by Adam Cannon
CategoriesBranding Entrance Layout and tidiness Safety signage Signage
Directional signs should help visitors navigate around a construction site which may be unfamiliar to them. These signs should direct people to a specific location, away from restricted or dangerous areas. The Wates site team strongly believes that facilities should be easily identified and signed so that people can find their way around site and to help visitors ensure that they can find their way to the correct...

Audio Safety Communication for Operatives

Published 19 March 2015 | One comment
Written by Gemma Grand
CategoriesDaily briefing
Safety messages should be reinforced and repeated to the workforce as much as possible, to ensure that they remain alert and vigilant at all times. Wates have implemented an automatic audio alert system at the entrance to site, to give messages to operatives as they enter: The Hard Hat Audio system comes on automatically when people walk towards it; Hard...

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Published 19 March 2015 | One comment
Written by Gemma Grand
CategoriesCanteen Communicate initiatives Daily briefing Site specific induction
It is important to ensure that health and safety messages are delivered to the workforce to keep them constantly aware and updated. Wates have invested in an engaging system to communicate health, safety and environment messages to operatives on site. The Hard Hat TV System displays relevant messages via a TV in the canteen: Hard Hat Media update the TV’s with UK...