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Apprentices 'can earn more' than graduates

1 November 2015 Email this article

Taking a higher apprenticeship offers people the chance to earn more money than going to many universities, a survey from educational charity the Sutton Trust has found. According to their study, youngsters who start their working lives with a Level 5 higher apprenticeship will bank £1.44 million over the course of their careers. That is around £50,000 more than someone who graduates ... more

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Family in Lincolnshire exposed to dangerous asbestos

1 November 2015 Email this article

Tenants of a house in Lincolnshire, including a three year old girl, were exposed to dangerous levels of deadly asbestos dust, Lincoln Crown Court was told last month. Blankney Estates Ltd, the company which rented the property in Scopwick, was fined after it pleaded guilty to health and safety offences. The court heard it did not manage adequately what were clearly deteriorating asbestos materia ... more

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Builder fined after worker fell through fragile roof

1 November 2015 Email this article

A builder has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered life changing injuries when he fell through a fragile roof light. Bristol Crown Court heard how in August 2014 the 25-year-old employee of N C Tucker Limited of Wedmore, fell five metres through a fragile roof light at a farm during roofing work. This was his first roofing job, having only worked for the company for four ... more

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Maintenance company fined after worker injured in fall from roof

1 November 2015 Email this article

A London maintenance company has been fined for safety failings after an employee was injured when he fell from a roof. Southwark Crown Court heard how in February 2014 an employee of Aspect Maintenance Services Limited was working as a roofing engineer on a domestic house in Tooting. He was repairing the roof when he slipped and fell, landing on a table on the patio area below. There w ... more

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Top clients to face leading contractors at Summit 2015

29 October 2015 Email this article

Major industry clients including the Department for Transport, Network Rail and Heathrow Airport will set out their pipelines and requirements at next week’s Construction News Summit. Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan will kick things off on Wednesday 4 November at the VIP Breakfast Briefing, giving an insight into what he wants from contractors looking to deliver &pou ... more

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Kier BAM's Hinkley earthworks contract doubles to £203m

29 October 2015 Email this article

When EDF Energy picked Kier BAM for the site preparation works contract in December 2011, the value was put at £100m+. This week the contract was signed in 'final agreed form' with a value of £203m. Kier BAM has worked closely with client EDF during the evolution of the project, the contractors said. “This collaboration and partnering approach has led to the creation of a ... more

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Pasma Tower week approaches!

23 October 2015 Email this article

PASMA’s ‘tower week’ will run from 2nd November to 6th November 2015, with a programme of promotional events and competitions, starting with a webinar on tower safety. If interested, see towerweek.pasma.org.uk for details. ... more

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Skills card scheme hit by fraud exposé

22 October 2015 Email this article

The exposé has left some safety managers saying that the credibility of the entire Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is in tatters. While long-running problems with forged CSCS cards have largely been addressed in recent years by smart card technology, it has now been confirmed beyond doubt that there are official CITB-approved test centres that are perpetrating fraud on a ma ... more

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What would construction look like if Marty McFly went forward another 30 years?

22 October 2015 Email this article

21st October 2015 was the date to which Marty McFly went Back to the Future 30 years ago. With this peg, a report on what 2045 might look like has been produced. Buildings will be 30km high with spaceports on top and builders will wear exoskeletons like Iron Man to lift heavy loads and dig by hand. The 2045: Constructing the Future report has been written by futurologist Ian Pearson to coin ... more

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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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