News in Brief: 20 July

Spanish train manufacturer CAF (Construcciones Y Auxiliar De Ferrocarriles) has been added to the shortlist for High Speed Two’s £2.75Bn rolling stock contract following a High Court challenge.

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Kier faces £600,000 block crush fine

Kier has received its second fine in the space of a week for health and safety offences. The contractor was fined £600,000 on Tuesday following an incident that saw a block of pre-cast concrete fall onto a worker’s leg during a project to build two rail bridges near Cardiff.

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Councils in breach of 30 day payment rules

Almost nine in 10 local authorities are failing to monitor whether their suppliers are getting paid within 30 days for construction work, according to data obtained by two industry trade bodies.

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Mediations rise by a fifth

Commercial mediations are on the rise with 12,000 having been performed in the UK over the last 12 months, marking an increase of 20% on statistics from 2016.

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Kier fined over school roof fall

Kier Facilities Services has been fined £200,000 this week for safety breaches after a subcontractor’s employee fell from the roof of an east London school in December 2014.

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Working at height breaches on the rise

Health and safety consultant the Building Safety Group is reporting a 13% rise in the number of ‘working at height’ safety breaches recorded on construction sites in the last few months.

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Network Rail looks to appoint legal advisers

Network Rail has launched a tender exercise to appoint four full service legal firms, which will partner with the organisation’s in house legal team to provide advice across a broad range of legal disciplines.

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Government outsourcing practices slammed by committee

Carillion’s collapse has exposed fundamental flaws in Government outsourcing and contracting, reports the House of Commons’ Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

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Director jailed after fatal explosion on site

Construction director Simon Thomerson has been sentenced to eight months in custody after pleading guilty to a health and safety breach that resulted in the death of two brothers following an explosion on site.

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Common procurement approach urged in construction

Industry should produce a universal methodology for procurement and promote common and consistent standards across the construction sector, according to a new report from the Construction Leadership Council.

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