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Transforming Construction for a Low Carbon Future

Climate Change is the major issue of our time, and the construction industry represents 10% of UK carbon emissions and directly influences 47% of all national emissions, which puts the industry in a position of great responsibility and influence. The National Federation of Builders Major Contractors Group is driving forward an open and frank discussion about deliverable solutions the sector can provide and how the Government can help reduce these barriers via a new report. This report is a call to arms and represents the start of a transformation in the construction industry in which main contractors will play a critical role, alongside a Government willing to support the industry through re

Public Health England launches mental health campaign

Public Health England, with support from some of the most respected organisations in the field, launched a new mental health campaign called “Every Mind Matters” on 7th October 2019. Every Mind Matters aims to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing by promoting a range of self-care actions. You can find out more about the campaign, and the range of opportunities to get involved, via these pages. You can also visit the Every Mind Matters hub www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters

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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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