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The Construction Licensing Task Force, now comprising 17 members from across the industry, met for the second time in November to discuss the campaign to introduce a mandatory licensing scheme for UK construction companies, and two areas in particular: scope and competency requirements. The Task Force welcomed new members including representatives from Mace and NHBC. The Task Force's work will be supported by new Campaign Advisor Toby Lloyd, formerly Theresa May's Housing Advisor and Head of Policy at Shelter. The Task Force is chaired by Liz Peace CBE. See the full newsletter with more detail on the outcomes of this November meeting and next steps for this Task Force.

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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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