Figures obtained by construction union UCATT have revealed an 8.7 per cent drop in the number of unannounced Health and Safety Executive (HSE) safety visits to construction sites. A Freedom of Information request by the union uncovered the fact that, in 2014/15, the total number of HSE inspections was 9,656 compared with 10,577 for 2012/13.
The Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) fraud investigation team has successfully prosecuted a West Midlands’ con-woman who used fake certificates to obtain work.
Dyson has revealed its first personal care product – an innovative hairdryer that, it says, is quieter and less damaging to hair than a conventional machine.
Housebuilding slowed to a three-year low in March, with uncertainty surrounding Brexit appearing to play a part.
Palmers Solicitors, which has offices in Basildon, Thurrock and South Woodham Ferrers, has held three successful seminars on the implementation of BIM in conjunction with Crown Office Chambers, building consultancy Ingleton Wood, ReviCad Limited and three Essex councils.
Budget backs BIM level three
The Government has pledged to develop a new standard for construction to “maintain global leadership.”
The £32 billion Crossrail 2 railway project in London, the HS3 rail link between Manchester and Leeds and widening major trans-Pennine road arteries in the north have all been given backing in the Chancellor’s eighth budget.
Confidence amongst construction contractors is at a three year high, according to a new survey, with 48 per cent of respondents saying they feel confident about the year ahead. However, behind this upbeat outlook is a workforce under immense strain with close to half (41 per cent) saying their business was under increased pressure to fulfil contracts.
Palmers solicitors has successfully acted on behalf of two clients, in a case relating to a construction claim, at the Technology and Construction Court (TCC).
Construction output dipped 0.4 per cent, quarter-on-quarter, over the last three months of 2015, according to the latest set of Office of National Statistics (ONS) forecasts.