Bouygues has banned small diameter angle grinders from all of its sites in a bid to cut down on accidents.
The contracting giant is now working on a safer angle grinder with German power tool specialist Fein which will be introduced on sites next year.
The current Bouygues site ban applies to all angle grinders with a diameter of less than 230 mm.
The contractor said they were “one of the world's best-selling but all too often misused hand-held power tools.”
The new angle grinders being developed will not start without a disc guard and have compulsory two-handed operation.
Philippe Bonnave, Chairman and Chief Executive [...]
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WoodFest Cardiff is coming to Wales to celebrate how the
country is using wood in design and construction.
between February and May and featuring a variety of events, WoodFest Cardiff
will focus on low carbon housing, connecting communities, local timber and
healthy building products. It is organised by the UK timber industry's
campaign, Wood for Good,
in collaboration with The Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA), Woodknowledge
Wales, Western Timber
Trade Association (WTTA) and many more.
As the climate
emergency continues to dominate the news agenda, WoodFest Cardiff will
demonstrate how building with wood can help. A series of events, seminars,
exhibitions and site visits will take place throughout the coming [...]
A new low-cost model for adjudication is to be rolled out next month clearing the way for smaller firms to resolve low-value disputes.
Presently adjudication can cost upwards of £35,000 making it unaffordable to challenge claims of this order.
The new model adjudication being launched by professional body, the Construction Industry Council, hopes to cut the cost burden.
Under the new protocol, newly-qualified adjudicators will be able to gain experience deciding low-value disputes helping to keep costs down.
CIC has drawn up a streamlined adjudication procedure designed for claims of £50,000 or less and relatively uncomplicated disputes.
The fresh approach will link an adjudicator's fee [...]
Two demolition contractors have been fined a total of £66,000 after a worker was killed in an explosion on a north London site in March 2017.
An HSE picture of the accident scene
Westminster Magistrates' Court heard how, on 16 March 2017, 54-year-old Stephen Hampton, working at a site on Swains Lane in Camden was killed when an old fuel storage tank he was cutting up exploded and the end of the vessel struck him causing fatal injuries.
An HSE investigation found both contractors failed in their duties to effectively plan, manage and monitor control measures to address the risks associated with the [...]
Construction Skills Certification Scheme leaders are confident card issuing delays are diminishing following weeks of technical issues with the new online application service.
The new service was launched in December but has been hit by technical hitches and an increase in some card processing times.
Graham Wren, Chief Executive at CSCS said: “In most cases cardholders can apply online for their own CSCS card without any issues. These cards are generally processed and delivered within 3-5 working days.
“However, employers applying for cards on behalf of their employees may be experiencing problems resulting in delays. CSCS are working hard to fix these issues [...]