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Online trader Andrew Weeks was caught following an investigation by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards, which discovered that Mr Weeks was making construction industry skill cards at his printing firm (Nuneaton Print) and selling them via his website. Weeks was charged under Section 9 of the Fraud Act 2006 for the production and sale of...
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Asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts are commonly found on construction sites but are well known to be slow killers. The HSE estimates that annually there are around 8,000 work-related cancer deaths every year in the UK and the construction industry accounts for around 3,500 of these, with asbestos and silica the major causes. The...
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The Construction Leadership Council has set out its recommendations for procurement reform, including a new form of contract. The report provides recommendations on how government, clients and the construction industry can develop a new approach to procurement. It has been produced by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC)’s business models and supply chains workstream. To get...
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Latest statistics from the Health & Safety Executive show that there were 38 fatal injuries to construction workers recorded in the year to 31st March 2018, accounting for the largest share of any industry. This was in line with recent trends: over the past five years the average number of construction fatalities has been 39....
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With 2.78 million people being killed worldwide each year by work-related injury or ill health, the new global standard can encourage “much-needed solutions”, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Organisations which adopt the standard – which has been four-and-a-half years in the making – will be required to have proportionate safety...
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Today marks the second anniversary of the introduction of new sentencing guidelines for health and safety and other offences in the UK. It is two years since the implementation of the UK Sentencing Council’s Definitive Guideline for the Sentencing of Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences. In 2017 we...
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CITB has had a contract for the past 20 years with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) to provide card administration services, looking after customers and processing applications. Each year the CITB process more than 400,000 card applications and one million contact centre enquiries on behalf of CSCS. However, CITB has decided that it not...
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More than 60,000 people working on infrastructure sites nationwide will stop work today in a bid to boost health, safety and wellbeing standards.   Around 1,000 sites, office and production facilities up and down the country will halt work for two hours to take part in the Stop. Make a Change campaign. In the largest stand-down...
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The latest Construction Skills Network report from the CITB predicts growth of 1.7% over the next five years, with 179,000 jobs to be created. But the positive figures are heavily dependent on three huge projects – Hinkley Point C and Wylfa Newydd nuclear power stations and High Speed 2 – starting main works on time....
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Research from consultant Arcadis shows the industry needs to recruit over 400,000 people each and every year between now and 2021 – equivalent to one worker every 77 seconds – to cope with predicted workloads. The greatest need is for carpenters and joiners, where demand accounts for nearly one sixth of all national resource requirements. Plumbers, Electricians, and Bricklayers...
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