Construction

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    Costain fined £1.2m after worker suffers life changing injuries in cage incident

    Construction company, Costain Limited has been fined £1.2 million after two workers were struck by a collapsing reinforcement cage during the construction of a road bypass.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 27 July 2020

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    We can build back better

    As the July edition of the magazine goes to print the coronavirus lockdown is winding down and the long, hard road to recovery lies ahead of us.

    By Charles Pitt, British Safety Council on 14 July 2020

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    No space for shortcuts

    The recent news surrounding the tragic death of a 23-year-old contractor on a site in Lincoln in January 2020 has highlighted once more the risks associated with working in the construction industry.

    By Josh Hughes, Bolt Burdon Kemp on 02 March 2020

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    Silica dust extraction tools put to test by HSL scientists

    Health and Safety Laboratory tests on three tool systems designed to reduce workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) have revealed large variations in their effectiveness.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 16 March 2020

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    Coaching Construction

    Teaching stress management to an all-male audience of haulage and logistics workers can be a tough gig.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 26 February 2020

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    The top five construction site risks and hazards

    Construction sites can be dangerous places, especially for those without health and safety training.

    By Kati de Matas, MRS Training & Rescue on 26 February 2020

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    Caring for head and mind

    When Mates in Mind was founded in 2016, it was evident that the workers in the construction industry were experiencing a greater-than-usual risk of suicide, while stress and depression were cited as some of the causes.

    By Iris Cepero on 24 February 2020

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    Groundworks contractor fined after worker burned in 11kv cable strike

    A groundworks contractor, G&R Groundworks (South East) Ltd, has been fined after a worker suffered multiple serious burn injuries when he struck an underground electricity cable.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 19 November 2019

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    Long hours, drugs and alcohol: survey reveals state of mental ill health in construction

    Mental health awareness has grown in the construction sector, but stigma is still putting people off seeking support, according to a new survey.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 23 August 2019

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    Reading scaffolding collapse must have 'full inquiry', says Unite

    Unite the union is calling for an ‘urgent investigation’ into the scaffolding collapse on 1 August in Reading, which left three people injured.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 12 August 2019