Scaffolding firm sentenced after electric shock incident

A Swindon based scaffolding company has been fined and its director handed a suspended prison sentence following an incident that left a worker with life changing injuries.

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Liability insurance in the spotlight after Grenfell

The latest issue of Construction Law – Vol 28 No 8 – arrived on subscribers’ desks last week, featuring the usual range of specialist articles from leading legal practitioners.

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JCT releases Tendering Practice Note 2017

The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) has published the third edition of its Tendering Practice Note, including focus on the preliminary enquiry, invitation to tender (ITT) and assessment and award stages.

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Report highlights Magnox procurement failures

Questions have been raised about the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s ability to manage procurement following the botched Magnox contract which, it is estimated, cost the taxpayer upwards of £122M. The National Audit Office (NAO) published its report on the £6.2Bn contract earlier this week.

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Phase two of construction inspection campaign launched

Action is being urged to ensure the safety of workers is protected on British construction projects after the second phase of a targeted inspection initiative by the Health and Safety Executive got under way earlier this month.

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News in Brief: October 2017

Cherrywood Investments director Michael Holland and site foreman Grant Oakes have been sentenced to nine months in prison each by Lewes Crown Court after being found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter in connection with the death of carpenter David Clark in Brighton in 2014.

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European e-library to support public procurement

The European Commission has released a new tool for the sharing of good practice to improve the compliance and quality of public procurement across the EU.

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Scaffold inspectors prosecuted after fall from height

Two scaffold inspectors caught falsifying safety certificates have been prosecuted after a roofing worker fell through a gap between scaffolding and building, resulting in serious injuries. Stephen Harper and Garry Arnold have been sentenced to community service following the incident.

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RIBA contract administration packs available

Contracts Administration Project Packs and Pads produced by RIBA for the JCT 2016 Edition of Contracts are now available to purchase.

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Punishment needed to stamp out modern slavery

Stricter policies and harsher punishments are being urged to eliminate modern slavery from supply chains after new figures showed that over a third of businesses are flouting the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act.

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