Tags: Construction

DofE and Balfour Beatty join forces to give young employees a life-changing opportunity

The UK’s leading youth charity, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, has launched a new partnership with Balfour Beatty to enable many more young people take part in the DofE Award and boost their life and work prospects. The Charity has been partnering with businesses for over three years as part of its award-winning ‘DofE Business’…

‘Pathetically dismal’ levels of apprenticeships in construction industry

A group of Parliamentarians is urging construction chiefs to tackle the sector’s growing training and apprenticeship crisis. In a report called No More Lost Generations: Creating Construction Jobs for Young People, the group’s joint-chairman Nick Raynsford MP said: “Construction apprenticeships have plummeted in the past few years. For 2013 the number completing their construction apprenticeship…

Short film: Construction risks, an apprentice’s view

The British Safety Council has released a short film featuring a construction apprentice; Construction risks: an apprentice’s view. As more and more apprentices are taken on by British industry, it is vital that young people are provided with information to keep them healthy and safe at work. As a charity, the British Safety Council is committed…

GMB says 4,000 workers will die in Qatar before World Cup starts

GMB seeks a meeting with 13 major UK contractors working in Qatar to stop exploitation of workers building for 2022 World Cup. Workers paid £5 for a 15 hours day in ferocious heat with injuries and fatalities so bad that 4,000 workers will be killed before a ball is kicked in 9 year time in…

More than 1,100 construction sites fail safety checks

During the month of September, inspectors made unannounced visits to construction sites to ensure they were managing high-risk activity, such as working at height and the control of exposure to harmful dusts. Inspectors were also looking for good site order, sound structures and basic welfare facilities. Poor standards and dangerous practices were found at nearly half…

Construction workers nearly four times more likely to be killed at work

Poor standards and unsafe work on Britain’s building sites will be targeted as part of a nationwide drive aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health in the industry. During the month long initiative, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will carry out unannounced checks at sites where refurbishment projects or repair works are underway.…

HSE appoints new chief inspector of construction

A new chief inspector of construction has been appointed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Heather Bryant, who is currently HSE’s divisional director for London, the East and South East, will replace Philip White at the end of March. After four years in post, Philip moves to lead another key division at HSE. The…

Balfour Beatty fined after worker suffers severe injuries

A major rail infrastructure company has been fined after a man suffered serious hand injuries in two separate incidents less than a year apart. On 12 May 2009 Keith Hawley, 64, of Chaddesdon, Derby, was manoeuvring a large piece of rail track into a press at Balfour Beatty Rail Track Systems Ltd in Osmaston Street,…

Labour MPs have said that there should be a full-scale inquiry into allegations of “shameful and insidious” blacklisting of workers on projects such as Crossrail and the Olympics. Labour’s Michael Meacher said blacklisting was the “worst human rights breach in the UK since the war”. A raid on offices of the Consulting Association in 2009…

Construction firm fined more than £45,000 for unsafe work

AA Construction (London) Ltd has been prosecuted for endangering workers and the public with unsafe demolition work. While the work was being carried out in February 2011, local residents raised concerns that asbestos materials were being smashed up and littering the site. In addition they claimed that debris was dropping from height onto the road…

Contractor flees UK to avoid Tribunal payout

GMB, the union for engineering construction workers, is seeking changes to an EU Directive to ensure that 14 GMB members will be paid the £251,204.81 awarded to them earlier this year by an Employment Tribunal in Cardiff after German based contractor, Darmar, fled UK jurisdiction having failed to pay the award. GMB was successful in…