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HSE construction inspection initiative taking place in October with a focus on health

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative throughout October 2018, focusing on health and in particular on the measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by asbestos, silicosis, wood dust and other hazards. As part of this health initiative, the HSE will be actively promoting the inspection on its social media channels, to raise awareness about the inspections, the health issues construction workers face and ensure that those involved with construction projects know the risks, plan their work and use the right controls- the campaign will be using the hashtags #Dustbusters and #WorkRight. Clients ha

New report argues better-designed cities can improve the mental health and wellbeing so save governm

Better designed cities could save our society and the UK economy an estimated £15.3bn by 2050 – and make us all happier and healthier. This report quantifies, for the first time, the potential economic benefits of designing places for mental wellbeing. It also outlines a route map for putting health and wellbeing at the heart of development. The analysis was carried out by WPI Economics and commissioned by British Land. It builds on earlier research and good practice by leading organisations. See full report here.

ProCure 22 Efficiency and Productivity Programme: Pre- and Post-occupancy Evaluations toolkit

The ProCure 22 (P22) Efficiency and Productivity Programme (EPP) Pre- and Post-Occupancy Evaluation toolkit can be used to assess realised benefits from UK healthcare projects. Collaboration has been at the heart of the development of this tool, with all six Principal Supply Chain Partners (PSCPs) engaging with the Department of Health, NHS England, NHS Improvement, Principal Supply Chain Members (PSCMs), and NHS trusts, to develop a standardised approach to Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE), while responding to Lord Carter’s efficiency and productivity drivers. All six PSCPs have committed to ensuring post-occupancy evaluations are undertaken and shared across all of their P22 schemes, at no

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Crane Signage incident

In a recent incident, an acrylic panel detached from a lightbox on the rear jib of a tower crane, striking a local resident.  

 

To avoid similar incidents, ensure an inspection is completed on all light boxes and other accessories attached to tower cranes.

Crane manufacturers approval must be sought when accessories (such as signs, lightboxes and lights) are attached to tower cranes and mechanical fixings must be used to secure panels.

From a design perspective, attachments must be designed to take both wind loads and dynamic forces and approved by temporary works.

An inspection and maintenance regime must be put in place and followed.

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