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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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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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