IN THE COURTS
Who is in the courts for an
THE DESIGN TEAM
We look at how the design team
directly impact the work that we do
WHAT WE COULD BETTER
Looking at inspections and paperwork,
which all site teams should
HOT WEATHER WORKING
How to look after yourself this
SITE OF THE MONTH
Deptford- Millennium Main
A cheaper more efficient way to
TOPIC OF THE MONTH
This months topic revolves around
archaeology and watching briefs
SMB REPORTING FIGURES
Take a look at April’s SMB’s SHE
List of alert to be briefed this month
Prison sentence & fines for poor pollution prevention measures
A man in Kidderminster has been given a
suspended prison sentence, for illegally storing
3,000 litres of waste oil and falsifying hazardous
waste documentation. Pollution prevention
measures (drip trays, bunding, spill kits etc.)
and oil storage regulations (labelling) were not
A rendering plant has been fined £15,300 after
its effluent lagoon discharged into a watercourse,
causing ammonia pollution and potential harm to
fish. The company’s site drainage and sampling
was inadequate, and so they were fined for failing
to take reasonable care to prevent pollution.
Please ensure that you are implementing pollution prevention and meeting storage regulations
on all of our sites and depots, or we risk the chance of prosecution.
The team are undertaking early
scoping work on some of our largest
projects,including HS2, Guidlford STW
and Faringdon pipeline, to scope
environmental and regulatory constraints,
inform design options and programme
and minimise the risk of delays.
Early programmed ecological surveys
on the proposed new STW location, will
inform design and any actions required,
such as the need for an Environmental
Impact Assessment or Planning
GREAT CRESTED NEWT
Chris Rochfort and SMB Ecologist
Gareth Lavery are leading on a
programme-wide effort to ensure all SMB
projects are covered during the current
April-June great crested newt survey
This has involved short listing sites which
require site surveys and those that can
benefit from cost savings through the
innovative new eDNA technique .
Archived environmental data from the
previous main installed in 2001 has been
utilised and reviewed, saving both time
Matthew Coe (Design Environmental
Advisor), presented to Pete Saunders’
team about environmental pressure
groups in the Thames Water patch.
He shared experience on a number
of pressure groups, including Action
for River Kennet and the River
Chess Association and examples of
successfully managing their expectations
in the past, to avoid unwanted customer
The session was very successful and
Pete Saunders’ has shared his thanks on
behalf of his team.
ENGAGEMENT WITH THE
AND NATURAL ENGLAND
Members of the team are in discussion
with the regulators to understand how
recent changes and proposed changes
to regulations will affect SMB.
An example is attendance at a recent
Environment Agency workshop to
discuss the new exemptions to flood
Site Agents / Managers Monthly
As Site Agents / Managers, you are required to complete a Monthly
Environmental Inspection for your project each month, and then send this to
your Environmental Advisor. Alternatively, for SMB schemes, you can also
complete the form on Safeguard.
If you work on the DMA works, you DO NOT have to complete one for each
street within the DMA, but can instead rotate around your works and/or pick
the works that are of a higher risk.
Project Start Set up Checklist
We have recently combined the H&S and Environmental Start Set-Up
checklist, which details requirements for site. This should be completed
by the Site Agent / Manager prior to the commencement of any works.
If you have any comments, queries, or suggestions, then do let us
Permit to Pump
If you plan to/are discharging any water, then you need to fill in
the permit to pump form and send this to your Environmental
Advisor prior to any discharge. This will ensure that we comply
with the Environment Agency’s guidelines.
As part of the construction
team, you have a
responsibility to ensure that
the above documents are
The sun and warm weather brings special hazards,
especially for those who work outdoors and who
Sun exposure can be damaging and increases the
chance of an incident occurring. To reduce this risk,
we should all understand the potential for an injury
or illness and what we can do to prevent this.
The possibility of contracting skin cancer is well
known, but the immediate effects of heat exhaustion
and heatstroke are not so widely understood. They
can develop quickly over a few minutes, or gradually
over a few hours;
• Heat exhaustion is where you become very hot
and start to lose water or salt from your body;
• Heatstroke is where the body is no longer able
to cool itself and a person’s body temperature
becomes dangerously high. This is less common
but can be life threatening.
General signs and symptoms include:
• Tiredness and weakness
• Feeling faint or dizzy
• A decrease in blood pressure
• A headache
• Muscle cramps
• Feeling and being sick
• Heavy sweating
• Intense thirst
• A fast pulse
• Urinating less often and having much darker
urine than usual.
Severe heat exhaustion or heatstroke requires
You should call 999 for an ambulance if:
• The person doesn’t respond to the above
treatment within 30 minutes
• The person has severe symptoms, such as a
loss of consciousness, confusion or seizures
If the person is feeling better after using the
above measures, but you have any concerns
about them, contact your GP or NHS 111 for
Heat exhaustion and heatstroke can be prevented
• Keeping aware- check for heat wave warnings
• Wearing appropriate head wear to reduce sun
• Using protective sun creams
• Using dark lensed protective glasses where
• Increasing the amount of water drunk
• Taking regular rests out of direct sun light
• Reducing the time between breaks when driving
• Planning high physical activities either early or
late in the day and avoid strenuous activities
• Stopping what you are doing if you feel ill, resting
in a cool place and drinking plenty of fluids
• Informing your Supervisor if illness persists
If prolonged, severe symptoms include:
• Seizures (fits) and a loss of consciousness.
If you notice that someone has signs of heat
exhaustion, you should:
• Get them to lie down in a cool place - e.g. a room
with air conditioning or in the shade
• Remove any unnecessary clothing, to expose as
much of their skin as possible
• Cool their skin - use a cool/ wet sponge or flannel,
cold packs around the neck and armpits, or wrap
them in a cool/wet sheet.
• Fan their skin while it’s moist - this will help the
water to evaporate to cool the skin
• Get them to drink fluids - ideally water, fruit juice
or a rehydration drink, such as a sports drink.
SITE OF THE MONTH
This scheme in South London
started as an emergency job, but
has since developed due to its
The works involve entering a
1000mm dia GRP main via a 10m
deep shaft and repairing it from
the inside (removing the need to
excavate up to 10m deep).
The team have had a number of
Health, Safety and Environmental
issues, which they have managed
• Shaft Location in a dog walking
park - team identified that there
was a risk of smaller dogs
entering the site compound and
potentially near the open shafts,
via gaps under the site fencing.
They decided to contact the local
authority and obtain permission to
allow the grass to grow to cover
the gaps below the fencing base
and also built plastic extensions
next to all pathways.
• Recycled Water - the team
pumped groundwater from the
shaft and used this for the toilet
• Pollution Prevention - There is a
designated area for generator and
fuel storage. These are all placed
on hardstanding, bowsers and fuel
containers are double bunded and
spill kits are readily available.
• Electrical Safety/Housekeeping
- To supply the different office and
storage rooms, generator leads
were pinned across the length
of the site metallic fencing. This
not only increased the risk of
slips and trips, but also raised the
potential for damage to the cable;
which could result in the fencing
becoming live. Using a simple
method of housekeeping and
insulation materials (wood), the
team have made the works tidy
and safe (see top picture).
• Common Sense approach -The
works have numerous external
visitors and so the team decided
to segregate different parts of
the compound. Enclosed in the
centre of the compound, they
have created a fenced off area
which houses the entry hole to the
confined space shaft, leaving
the remainder of the site PPE
free. This allows visitors to enter
the office and site welfare areas
without risk of being exposed to
• Community Impact - to minimise
damaging the aesthetic value of
the park to the local community,
the team have placed green
debris netting around the
compound, so that the site
blended in with the grass in the
• Noise Mitigation - the site is
surrounded by a residential area
and so acoustic barriers are being
used around the generator to
minimise noise levels.
• Wellbeing - see-through netting
was used, so that after working in
the shafts, the teams could take a
break in the site compound, whilst
being able to see the views of the
The Community wood recycling scheme should be considered on all of our
projects, since it not only saves resources through recycling, but it also saves on
disposal costs, since this scheme will collect wood at a lower cost than normal
Additionally, the scheme provides opportunities for the wider community, since
they hire disadvantaged people, including those with mild mental health, learning
difficulties and ex-offenders.
Get your site registered today and support a Community Wood Recycling
enterprise near you.
Wood you chose Community Wood Recycling?
1. Want to cut your waste wood disposal costs?
2. Want to bring positive change to disadvantaged people’s lives?
3. Want to help fulfil your company’s environmental and sustainability policy
If the answer is yes to all of the above then go community Wood recycling.
1. Nearly all waste timber or wooden items, regardless of
size or condition are collected.
2. 100% of the timber collect is reused or recycled = no
3. Other reusable material they accept includes ducting,
insulation and spare fixings.
4. This service costs £16 per cubic yard
5. Register your site with a local enterprise, notify them
and receive collection in 48 hours.
6. Less fuel is used and less pollution generated, since
about 12 cubic yards can be collected in one go,
resulting in fewer vehicle movements.
01273 203 040
Archaeology is the study of human history through
excavations and the analysis of artefacts, including
jewellery, pottery, coins, bones and skeletons. It
is against the law to cause reckless or deliberate
damage to archaeological remains and to remove
them if found.
Typical signs of archaeology include burnt or
blackened material, brick or tile fragments, pottery
or bone fragments, skeletons, timber joists, post
holes, brick or stone foundations and in-filled
What to do if you think you have found
Thanks to the great care taken by eight2O
during construction work, we’ve managed
to recover fragments of stoneware pottery
and clay pipes dating to the 17th century
from riverine silts beneath the embankment.
• STOP work immediately and remove any machinery
from the excavation
• CONTACT your eight2O Site Agent who will inform
the Environmental Advisor (Via CSIM for SMB)
• DO NOT start work again until an archaeologist
has been to site and handed the site back over
Archaeological Watching Briefs (AWB)
If the Preliminary and Third Party Assessment
(PE3PA) and/or your Implementation Environmental
Management Plan (IEMP) states the need for an
AWB, you must ensure that an order has been raised
and that an archaeologist is on site when you start
If I am working in disturbed ground do I need
Yes – archaeological artefacts are discovered all the
time in pre-disturbed ground.
Case Study 1: Discovery under an AWB at
Works on a Victorian water main (1.8m deep) right in
the heart of London revealed remains of a 17th century
building and cathedral, including brick walls, floors and
Case Study 2: eight2O Archaeological
Discovery in Henley
Under an AWB for a FLIP pump station installation in
Henley, archaeological remains were uncovered. The
most interesting find, was a large wooden stake, found
over 2m below the ground surface. Archaeologists hope
to establish the age of this, by radiocarbon dating or
dendro-chronology (tree-ring dating).
Diversion of Mixed Construction
from landfill vs target
Diversion of Excavated
Material from landfill
It is the responsibility of the
construction team to ensure that
our subcontractors are using
facilities which maximise recycling.
Trip or slip hazard
Unsafe Condition Water Quality
Unsafe Condition- plant, machinery & equipment
Every month reporting data is extracted from Safeguard and the BB
Whether a service strike, incident, near miss or hazard, it is all
incredibly important to us.
Please ensure that you are
completing your inspections on
safeguard. These are crucial in
identifying hazards and reducing
the risk of an incident on site.
We are getting better ... but we are
not reaching our target yet!
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