Tags: Construction

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…

Conflict management essential in construction industry

Conflict management skills are in short supply in the construction industry, new research has found, with 19% of companies surveyed saying that managers of culturally diverse workforces, such as those typically found in ‘heavy industries’ such as construction and manufacturing, are not adept at dealing with conflict. The international survey of 1,589 HR professionals, by…

Construction company fined over multiple safety failings

An Ammanford construction company has been fined after a routine inspection at one of its sites revealed a number of dangerous failings. T Richard Jones (Betws) Ltd was operating a site at St Michael’s Church, Manselton, Swansea on 10 August 2011 when Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors visited as part of a routine inspection.…

£160,000 fine for construction company following fall

A Surrey construction company has been ordered to pay £160,000 in fines and costs after a worker narrowly escaped death when he was caught in a collapse of nine tonnes of steel and concrete. The company was fined £110,000 and ordered to pay £50,000 in costs after being found guilty of breaching Section 3 of…

Builder fined for dangerous construction site

A Lincolnshire builder has been fined after a spot check by the Health and Safety Executive revealed his construction site was unsafe. The unsafe construction site at Danesgate in Lincoln The unsafe construction site at Danesgate in Lincoln Andre Wilkin, trading as Hillen Projects, was the main contractor on a refurbishment scheme at Danesgate in…

CDM Regs require clearer ACoP says construction sector

CDM 2007 has gone a long way to meeting its objectives, but there are still some concerns within the construction industry, particularly in understanding its interpretation and implementation. This is the overall conclusion of an evaluation of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 published this week by the HSE. The report was commissioned to answer two key questions;…

Worker receives £2m over brain injury accident

At the High Court in London a former groundsman of the Castle Combe racing track has been awarded £2m plus a £250K payment followed by an annual payment of £205K over an accident which left him brain damaged when he fell from a lorry during windy conditions while gathering metal advertising hoardings at the circuit.

Blacklisted workers data ”came from police”

The police or intelligence services have been accused of making data available on workers who might cause trouble so that construction companies would know not to recruit them. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said that the details of 3,200 people which the “clandestine” organisation the Consulting Association has on a database could only have…

The cost of mismanaging health and safety in the workplace

During 2010-11, there were 200,000 reportable workplace injuries in the UK (three days absence) (1). Without fail, every large global organisation has considered its position when it comes to health and safety, and they will have all identified the need for effective health and safety processes. Can the same be said for all businesses? Louise…

Rise in construction fatalities despite low workloads

Research by construction union UCATT has found that construction deaths in 2010/11 were highest in Eastern England, London, Yorkshire, the North West and the Midlands. There were 50 construction fatalities in 2010/11, a 22% increase on the previous 12 months. Construction has the highest number of workplace deaths in Britain. UCATT said the rise in…

Safety failings found in basement construction sites

HSE inspectors took enforcement action for serious safety failings on more than a third of sites visited during a recent initiative to improve standards on basement construction sites. Inspectors visited 109 sites in four London boroughs – Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and Wandsworth – on 15 and 16 November. They took enforcement…

Construction and energy jobs will help reduce unemployment in the UK

Employment experts say jobs in the construction and energy sectors will play a major role in helping to reduce unemployment across Britain in the coming months. The importance of the two sectors is highlighted in employment and skills experts Working Links’ quarterly labour market intelligence report, released today to coincide with the latest unemployment statistics.…

Two firms prosecuted for dangerous building site

Two construction companies have been fined for “appalling” standards at a building site in the London Borough of Merton. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted principal contractor, Kubik Homes Ltd, and the subcontractor, Bellway Developments Ltd after visiting the site in Wimbledon on several occasions. Kubik Homes Ltd had already been served with four…

Linear opened up a whole street party to celebrates 10th anniversary

Independent national construction recruitment company, Linear*, had such a lot to celebrate when it held its 10th anniversary birthday bash recently that its offices weren’t big enough….so it opened up the whole street for a party! The company, whose HQ is located in Sheffield, applied to the council for a special licence to close St…