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CSCS to end exemption to the CITB Health, safety and environment test

Most people in construction are familiar with Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards. It’s the card that provides proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job they do on site. In most cases applicants are required to achieve a recognised construction related qualification (usually an NVQ or SVQ) as well as pass the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Health, safety and environment test within the last 2 years. However, if an applicant has achieved an SVQ or NVQ within the last 2 years they currently do not have to sit the CITB Health, safety and environment test. CSCS’s Director of Operations has an

HSE focuses once more on Construction industry with health inspection initiative

Last October HSE ran a construction health inspection initiative which focused on lung disease, particularly those caused by asbestos and dust. HSE is going to be running this initiative again between 17th June and 12th July 2019. During this period HSE inspectors will be looking to ensure those involved with construction projects are following their key messages ‘know the risks’, ‘plan your work’ and ‘use the right controls’. The HSE #dustbuster resource page will be added to and updated throughout the campaign with new photos and videos to use to promote better management of health risks created by dust. Free resources on protecting workers from lung disease Recent years have seen a number

Anti-competitive conduct in the construction industry

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has recently accused six key suppliers to the construction sector of anti-competitive behaviour. Following two investigations into the groundworks and roofing material industries, it also alleges that the UK’s three largest suppliers of rolled lead colluded on prices, allocated customers between them and exchanged commercially sensitive information. In all cases, the accused firms now have an opportunity to respond to the allegations before the CMA reaches a final decision. The regulator has issued millions of pounds in penalties over cartels, including imposing fines of £7m in March on five companies that design and fit out offices. It said recent

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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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