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Infrastructure costs to rise 25% by 2020

15 October 2015 Email this article

Latest data from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) show that civil engineering costs have changed little over the past year but are now set to start rising. RICS’ Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) says that civil engineering costs rose by 0.7% in the second quarter of 2015 compared with the previous quarter, but remained unchanged compared with the same period las ... more

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Demand increases for construction professionals

15 October 2015 Email this article

That is the prime conclusion of the latest monthly Report on Jobs, published today by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG. The index for permanent construction professionals rose from 61.9 in August to 64.7 in September and was above the average for all types of permanent staff (62.0).  The index monitoring temporary construction vacancies was down from 57.5 ... more

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Brighton to get new construction training centre

9 October 2015 Email this article

City College Brighton & Hove has called up Osborne to build its new £9m Construction & Trades Centre at the City College East Campus. The centre will enable students in the different trades to work together and follow each other through the construction process, mirroring real site conditions. Sussex Architects HNW have designed the centre, Osborne will be building it and the works ... more

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UK Scaffold Collapse

9 October 2015 Email this article

A façade scaffold collapsed in Hayes, Middlesex in the UK last week, we understand that there are no injuries. The scaffold came away from the building, a traditional tube and coupler system was erected on a high rise residential building, which is under refurbishment by contractor Galliard near the town’s station which is currently being redeveloped. The scaffold has since been remov ... more

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A Lost load

8 October 2015 Email this article

A boom lift came off the back of a delivery truck after striking a low bridge this morning in Erdington, Birmingham, the load was simply too high to pass beneath the bridge. The top of the articulated boom struck a rail bridge which has a 4.1 metre overall height warning on it, pulling the lift off of the side of the low loader trailer – landing on its side. Thankfully it came off on the sid ... more

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Unsafe working on top of the roof

8 October 2015 Email this article

Spotted yesterday on the embassy of the Netherlands in Copenhagen, men were standing around on the roof with little to no edge protection. While the roof is far from steep, it is around 12 metres up, and an inadvertent step too close to the edge could prove fatal. Then this morning, five people were spotted having a site meeting on the same roof, only this time in the rain. What are these guy ... more

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Truck crane overturn

8 October 2015 Email this article

A four axle truck crane working on a site in Singapore overturned on Monday afternoon possibly due to one of the outriggers being short rigged. It also looks as though the crane might have been light on counterweight. The crane, a four axle XCMG truck crane, was helping dismantle steelwork as part of the demolition of a Hawker Centre on Changi Road. The boom came to rest on one of the walls of th ... more

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London contractor fined £20k after roof fall

1 October 2015 Email this article

A south London building maintenance contractor has been fined £20,000 for safety failings after an employee fell from a roof Southwark Crown Court heard how in February 2014 an employee of Aspect Maintenance Services Ltd London was repairing the roof a house in Tooting when he slipped and fell, landing onto a table on the patio area below. There was no edge protection on the roof at the tim ... more

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Asbestos contractors produce guide for clients

1 October 2015 Email this article

Get your Asbestos awareness training here! http://www.facelift.co.uk/training/asbestos.cfm The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) has published a guidance note on the responsibilities clients have when appointing asbestos contractors. The guidance is intended to help main contractors, facilities managers, architects and other clients meet their legal requirements so that asbes ... more

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Construction workers are twice as likely to get injured. Get yourself trained today!

1 October 2015 Email this article

A survey of people who work in construction found that 38% had taken time off work because of a major injury while doing their job. This suggests that construction is precisely twice as dangerous as the average job, as the UK average across all sectors is 19%. The only industry to rank higher than construction in lost-day injuries is transport at 47%. These are the findings of a survey conducted ... more

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