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New measures to improve building safety standards

The Government has announced that a new building safety regulator will be established, as part of a new package of measures designed to improve building safety in residential blocks. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will begin to establish the new regulator which will ultimately raise building safety and performance standards, including overseeing a new, more stringent regime for higher-risk buildings. The Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP also announced this week that from February, he will start to name building owners where remediation has not started to remove unsafe Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding from their buildings. The housing secretary said: “The government is co

CSCS announces plans to stop issuing Site Visitor Cards and withdraw Industry Accreditation

CSCS cards provide proof that people working on construction sites hold the appropriate training and qualifications for the job they do on site. For several years now the strategic direction of the scheme has focused on ensuring that all applicants achieve a nationally recognised construction related qualification. It was for this reason that CSCS stopped issuing the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card in 2017. A card that did not require the applicant to achieve a qualification and was therefore withdrawn from the industry. The next step towards ensuring that all cardholders achieve a qualification is the withdrawal of the Site Visitor card. The Site Visitor card was originally intro

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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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