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New Collaboration in the Asbestos Industry – FAAM and ACAD Announce New Skill Card for the Asbestos

The Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM), Asbestos Control and Abatement Division (ACAD) and The National Organisation of Asbestos Consultants (NORAC) have formed a collaboration to bring a new skills certification card, displaying the CSCS logo, to asbestos professionals. The project brings together organisations representing consultancies, licenced contractors and asbestos professionals for the first time. FAAM Board Member, Colette Willoughby, said: “Our collaboration is the start of an exciting new era which we believe will be beneficial to all of our members. Our new partnership has bought together two sides of the asbestos industry and we look forward to working togethe

CSCS to launch new online card application service

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is launching an online service to speed-up the card application process. The cards are used by the majority of contractors and clients to provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out. For more than 20 years CSCS’s application processing and contact centre services have been delivered under contract by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). In late 2017 CITB formally notified CSCS of their intention to withdraw from delivering the service. Since then CSCS has taken the opportunity to identify and procure a modern service, moving the ma

No Deal Contingency Planning Report: Labour and Skills Recommendations and Actions

The Construction Leadership Council has published a 'No Deal' Brexit report and recommendations. Executive Summary: The Government has been clear that EU citizens currently living and working in the UK are welcome and will be able to continue to live and work here by applying for ‘settled status’. They have also proposed temporary measures to ensure that there is no change to people crossing the UK border on the day we leave the EU if we do so without a deal. It has published its vision for the UK’s future immigration system, which will apply to people from anywhere in the world and has committed to consulting with industry. However, the reality is that a ‘No Deal’ Brexit will generate uncer

Brexit - contingency planning

With Brexit looming, we could be facing a very demanding time in the construction industry. Clients are encouraged to play their role in engaging in open and frank discussions with the supply side, about the risks and potential mitigation measures that may be required to keep projects on track to meet business needs. At the recent Construction Leadership Council (CLC) event ‘Brexit Contingency Planning’, presentations were given by: Diana Montgomery (Construction Products Association) on the importance of the EU as an import and export market for the UK construction industry, and what disruption may occur in the supply chain for construction products in the event of a No Deal Brexit; Peter W

Time to Talk Day - 7th February

The CCLG encourages clients and contractors to participate in this year’s Time to Talk Day which is all about bringing together the right ingredients to have a conversation about mental health. Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all. There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health, and you don’t have to be an expert to talk, although it is good to know where you can go for further help and support. The CCLG encourages construction employers to have in place a mental health programme which drives a culture of speaking up, and where design and

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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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