Ucatt warns HSE cuts could risk more lives

Construction union Ucatt has warned that the announcement that spending on the Health and Safety Executive will be slashed by 35% by 2015, will risk workers lives.

Roadworks contractor fined £100,000 over M4 death

A Newport traffic management company has been prosecuted and fined £100,000 after an employee was struck and killed by a vehicle when working on the M4 near Cardiff.

Kier fined over Everton FC site death

A construction firm has been fined £160,000 after a labourer fell to his death while building Premier League side Everton FC’s new training academy.

Building firm fined over worker's death

A building materials manufacturer and its director have been fined a total of £20,000 after a former soldier was killed by an industrial mixing machine blade.

Shop fitter fined for asbestos breach

A shop fitter has been fined after five workers were exposed to asbestos fibres at the Arndale Centre in Manchester.

Construction deaths fall

The number of construction workers killed at work has fallen, according to a new report by the Health and Safety Executive.

Plant contractor fined for death fall

A Warrington plant-hire company has been fined £200,000 for health and safety failings that led to an employee falling five metres to his death.

Builder fined for poor scaffolding

A building company has been fined for putting workers at risk by using unsafe scaffolding.

HSE launches crackdown on dangerous construction sites

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors are to launch an intensive inspection initiative aimed at stopping dangerous practices on building sites across Great Britain.

Tower crane registration scheme becomes law

New laws to improve the safety of tower cranes on construction sites were laid before Parliament today, paving the way for the start of a statutory registration scheme.

Carillion fined after site accident

Carillion subsidiary Carillion JM Ltd has been fined £185,000 following an accident at the Kingsway Business Park in Rochdale in 2008 when a Ford Transit truck hit construction worker Michael Gresty.

US gas blast kills five

A gas explosion at a power plant being built in Connecticut, US has killed at least five people and injured 15 others.

Shepherd fined over safety breach

Shepherd Construction has been fined £20,000 after a worker in Nottingham was seriously injured.

Three fined for Shell accident

Three companies have been fined a total of £283,332 after a man was paralysed from the waist down while working at a Shell oil refinery in Cheshire.

Peckham fires starts trade fight

British Precast is calling for a halt to multistorey timber frame building in urban areas after a major fire in Peckham, South London.

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2017-05-31 13:33

The rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will rise by two per cent on June 1 to 12 per cent on all non-exempt transactions. Martin Bennison, managing director at construction finance firm Ultimate Finance, explains what this means for UK construction companies.

2017-05-25 08:41

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in popularity and is now mandatory for centrally funded public-sector projects. Experts and the curious are gathering more and more frequently at dedicated congresses, exhibitions and workshops. Many people are now asking: Where does the UK stand on the issue of BIM and the digitisation of the construction industry?

2017-05-10 10:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 14:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 10:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 09:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 10:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 16:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

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