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COVID-19 Construction Industry Briefing 29 April

Coronavirus testing The Government has extended the criteria under which people in England can receive testing for Coronavirus to include those who cannot work from home but are showing symptoms. This widening will now mean that construction workers that show symptoms would be able to get tested. Details of how to apply for testing can be found here CIS tax consultation – postponement HMRC has postponed its current consultation on potential abuse of the Construction Industry Scheme tax system. The consultation had been due to close on 28 May but has now been held open until 28 August to allow businesses affected by the current crisis more time to respond. Webinar: Financial support for small

Covid-19 Construction Industry Briefing 28 April

Guidance for workers Langley, supported by the Construction Industry Council, has produced a short video that demonstrates safe and responsible guidance for workers on construction sites operating during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, to ensure the protection of the workforce and minimise the risk of spread of infection. This guidance advises how consistent measures on sites of all sizes can be responsibly and safely undertaken with adherence to the Government’s recommendations on social distancing. Bounce Back Loans The new Bounce Back Loans scheme, announced by the Chancellor yesterday, will allow businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days. Loans w

International Workers' Memorial Day 2020 - 28 April

Tuesday 28 April is International Workers’ Memorial Day, when we remember all those who have died because of their work. ​ In the year of coronavirus, this day of commemoration has never been more important. And the country is asked to observe a minute’s silence at 11am, to remember all the health, care and other key workers who have already lost their lives to COVID-19. Read more on this story here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52450138

Emergency Plan to Save UK Construction

The Construction Leadership Council has written to the Prime Minister setting out essential actions to secure the future of the sector. Research last week showed that without further support nearly half of all companies in the sector face potential failure in the next three months[1]. Today, in a letter to the Prime Minister the Construction Leadership Council has asked the Government to implement measures to save cash-strapped companies in the construction supply chain: Suspend PAYE and CIS tax due to HMRC in April and May for construction and consultancy firms and workers with no financial penalty Defer/cancel Apprenticeship Levy payments for the duration of the crisis Government to advise

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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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