Cards plan could drive workers from construction

An industry row is brewing over the Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) plan to stop renewing industry accreditation cards from 30th June 2024. The cards are not a legal requirement for site workers but it is geared that the move might lead to thousands of workers leaving the industry.

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Value of UK Investment Bank questioned by MPs

The independence, strength and value of the first £1bn of deals made by the UK Investment Bank (UKIB) has been questioned by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of MPs.

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New Civil Engineer awards ceremony to recognise leading legal firms

Top performing civil engineering consultancies will be celebrated alongside the legal practices that support them at a new awards event launched by New Civil Engineer magazine.

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Prison sentence for safety breaches

A company director was given a prison sentence and two companies were fined for safety breaches that resulted in the death of a worker when panes of glass fell onto him. Fines and costs totalling £379,818.58 were imposed by the court.

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£146k fine for contractor after joiner crushed to death by 20-tonne excavator

A Worcesterhire contractor, now in liquidation, has been fined £146k with costs of £4,621.90 after a joiner was crushed and killed by a 20-tonne excavator.

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Asbestos Surveyor death leads to fines

Failure to properly maintain a switch room led to the death of a surveyor engaged in an asbestos survey, a Scottish court concluded, resulting in a fine of £80,000 for safety breaches.

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Bonds fraud by Birmingham highways worker leads to prison

A former council highways worker extradited back to the UK has been jailed for stealing nearly £1m from a local authority through pocketing refunds of payment bonds due to contractors.

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The Fire Safety (England) Regulations come into force

The Fire Safety (England) Regulations come into force next week, Monday 23 January, the latest in a range of new legislation design to implement the recommendations of the Hackitt review of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

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Kier hit by fines for safety breaches

Kier has been fined more than £4 million after staff twice struck overhead powerlines while working on the M6 motorway.

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Nuclear regulator issues safety enforcement notices

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has confirmed it served three enforcement notices at the Hinkley Point C site in Somerset following a fatal accident on 13 November last year.

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