Construction and Engineering News

Construction and Engineering News

Is your construction business ready for GDPR?
December 2017

With less than five months before the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force, researchers have found that the majority of small businesses (SMEs) are still not fully prepared for the changes which will affect them.

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Construction fatalities down but workplace stress levels on the rise
November 2017

Work related stress is at its highest level in 16 years according to an annual report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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Grenfell Tower aftermath – single law needed for all building and fire regulations
November 2017

An independent review, convened following the Grenfell Tower fire, has been told that all building and fire legislation should be consolidated into one single law in order to provide a ‘common language and a common style.’

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Arbitration claim successfully defeated at the High Court
November 2017

The construction team at Palmers has successfully helped a client defeat an arbitration claim at the High Court.

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SMEs to benefit as BIM market set to reach $18 billion by 2024
October 2017

Latest figures suggest that the Building Information Modelling (BIM) sector is set to explode in the next few years, with industry experts predicting the market will grow from $3 billion to more than $18 billion by 2024.

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HSE targets construction companies with new wave of inspections
October 2017

Construction companies across the UK are being warned that the second phase of a targeted inspection initiative by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is now underway.

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Grenfell Tower disaster highlights building regulation standards and liability issues
October 2017

Four months after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the largest health and safety review in the UK since 1945 is underway.

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Demand for more housebuilding should not be at expense of quality – LGA warns
September 2017

A renaissance in quality housebuilding is urgently needed to keep pace with demand, according to a new report by the Local Government Housing Association (LGA).

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Series of construction sector prosecutions – a reminder to check H&S procedures
September 2017

Three separate ‘falls from heights’ incidents have been the subject of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecutions in recent weeks – highlighting the renewed need for construction employers to ensure they have stringent workplace safety procedures in place.

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Supreme Court judgment will have wide ramifications for construction contracts
September 2017

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of an appeal by Eon Climate & Renewables UK in a long running dispute which involves the failure of foundations on the Robin Rigg offshore windfarm.

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Thousands of workers to receive payslip for first time under new laws

More than 300,000 casual construction workers will be getting a payslip for the first time this month under new rules ...
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Court rules against attempt to block adjudication proceedings

Palmers’ construction law team successfully fought off an attempt to block on-going adjudication proceedings. (more…) ...
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New plug in software aims to improve BIM for entire construction sector

Construction giant, Balfour Beatty, has partnered with Leeds Beckett University, White Frog Publishing and Coventry University, to help construction firms ...
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Business bodies call for fair division of public sector contracts after collapse of Interserve

The collapse of outsourcing giant Interserve highlights the dangers of relying on very few companies to take on the biggest ...
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Essex company prosecuted after cleaning solvent fire put workers at risk

Employees at an Essex company were placed at serious risk after a flammable cleaning solvent caught fire. Following the serious ...
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Late payers to be flagged up to businesses under new proposals

The Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, has recommended a new “traffic light” system that will warn smaller firms which businesses ...
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