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New Draft Building Safety Bill published

This week saw the publication of a new Draft Building Safety Bill which the Government describes as the biggest changes to building safety for almost forty years. The Bill brings in new regulations in the wake of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire and subsequent report into systemic failings by Dame Judith Hackitt. If and when the Bill is enacted, people living in high rise buildings will be empowered to challenge inaction from their building owner and have better access to safety information about their building. They will also have access to a complaints process. The draft Bill will also give the government new powers to regulate construction materials and products. The Building Safety Regulator

CIOB collaborates with CCLG and issues survey to better understand clients’ needs

CIOB collaborates with CCLG and issues survey to better understand clients’ needs. In the past few months, the CCLG has joined forces with CIOB to form a collaborative client group that focusses on client leadership in our industry. The impact of COVID 19 now dominates the focus of the group and has quickly led to the formation of a Covid-19 Client Working Group. The aim is to help the construction industry better respond to the issues raised by the pandemic - and to get that key insight from clients to support the critical working relationships between contractor and clients. Our group has representatives from companies and organisations across the world, including two CIOB Trustees, and ov

CIOB Launches Survey on Hackitt's 'Golden Thread'

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is running a survey to examine the construction industry’s understanding of Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘golden thread’ – a key recommendation from her report published two years ago. The ‘lack of complete, accurate and up-to-date building information’ was one of the issues identified by the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. Hackitt’s review highlighted the need for ‘robust record keeping, with a digital ‘golden thread’ of key building information running through all phases of design, construction and occupation’. The government endorsed all recommendations in the review in its report, Build

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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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