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Construction companies fined after workers seriously injured

Construction companies fined after workers seriously injured

Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard that in the summer of 2015, to support the construction of the A556 bypass in Cheshire, work had started to build a pier designed to eventually support a bridge. This involved erecting a steel cage. On 3 August, two workers...

£20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses

£20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses

Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government has today (30 July 2020) announced. Small...

Scotland: New health and safety guidance helps careful return continue

Scotland: New health and safety guidance helps careful return continue

As Scotland’s building sector continues its recovery, the CICV Forum (supported by FIS) has issued a raft of new health and safety guidance to help steer workers through the phased return. Seven new pieces of open source collateral have been released, offering...

Have your say on net zero carbon

Have your say on net zero carbon

The UK Government is legally bound to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050, which means we will need to change how we build.  It includes the retrofit of energy efficiency methods to existing buildings.  But how can you and your business benefit? Government is working...

New Guidance on Face Coverings and status across the UK

New Guidance on Face Coverings and status across the UK

As new mandatory requirements come in, Government has provided a summary of Face Covering requirements.  FIS has been advised that Site Operating Procedures do not need to change, but we urge members to review their requirements against our guidance and to consider...

Barbour ABI: Contract awards on the up

Barbour ABI: Contract awards on the up

Construction overview According to Barbour ABI data, the total value of construction contract awards in June was £2.2 billion based on a three month rolling average. Compared to May 2020, this is a decrease of 9.2% and is also 57.3% lower than June 2019 (see fig....

COVID-19 Cost Assessment Toolkit Launched

COVID-19 Cost Assessment Toolkit Launched

The Professional Practice Task Group for the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Covid-19 Task Force has today published a methodology for assessing and reporting the cost implications of disruption due to the pandemic. Construction clients and contractors rely on...