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Transport for London Safety Tunic is Industry First

People who work in Transport for London's (TfL) engineering, maintenance and construction teams now have access to what we believe is a world-first in the rail industry – a high visibility safety tunic that can be worn as part of personal protective equipment (PPE). Until now the familiar bright orange PPE clothing consisted of jackets, trousers and dungarees. But when a female graduate engineering trainee suggested TfL investigate an alternative style of PPE, particularly for women with a dress code based on their culture or religion, the search was on. Following extensive investigations, a UK company was found that had a prototype product about to be trialled in the Middle East. A team l

Broad new measures to ensure small businesses get paid on time

For the first time large businesses could be fined for failing to pay smaller suppliers on time as part of a robust package of measures unveiled recently by Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst. Company boards will now be held accountable for payment practices to small businesses within their companies in a drive to increase transparency and accountability on late payments. Measures will force Audit Committees to report payment practices in company annual reports. The government will consult on strengthening the powers of the Small Business Commissioner to hold to account the minority of larger businesses who fail to make payments on time. New powers could include compelling information an

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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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