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This latest British Property Federation update from Ashurst covers the following topics: - Grenfell Tower Fire - Fire Safety Bill and Building Safety Bill - New Building Safety Regulator - Cash Retentions - Covid-19 Coronavirus: Impact on Contractual Obligations See full update here.

Cross-party group warns Government must act to prevent ‘next asbestos’ taking more lives in UK

The CCLG is pleased to support a report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Respiratory Health's which urges the Government to take action to prevent the ‘next asbestos’ from taking more lives in the UK. The APPG and B&CE’s joint report, 'Silica – the next asbestos', examines the danger posed by respirable crystalline silica (RCS); the biggest risk to construction workers’ health after asbestos. Around 600,000 UK workers are exposed to RCS each year, which can cause silicosis, the most common chronic occupational lung disease in the world. In Australia, the recent rise in cases of silicosis has been described as an ‘emerging occupational health epidemic’. The new report calls o

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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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