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Addressing the construction skills shortage: why we need action now

A recent article in Construction Online discusses the challenges faced by the industry as it faces a severe shortage of available headcount. The list of skills-short roles is extensive, and looks set to increase as a growing number of professionals across multiple disciplines head towards retirement. And with Brexit uncertainty exacerbating the issue – with the potential for firms to lose a proportion of their talent pool – there’s no doubt that the resource situation across construction is reaching tipping point. The article explores the true extent of the skills shortage and how this can be addressed, and one of the issues to be tackled with some urgency is the lack of females in the indus

Leading construction industry firms suspended over late payment

Eight big-name construction firms have been removed or suspended from the government’s Prompt Payment Code (PPC) during the past quarter for failing to pay suppliers. Over a third of the firms hit by the purge on payment performance came from construction and are major players. The Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM), which runs the scheme on behalf of the government, reported that the most serious action has been taken against John Sisk & Son. The international construction company was removed from the PPC, with seven other firms have been suspended for unfairly treating suppliers. Those suspended include key industry players Balfour Beatty, Costain, Engie Services, Interserve C

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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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