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    Construction: a risky business

    High-profile collapses of under-construction bridges in India have claimed many lives in recent months – and led to renewed calls for greater government oversight of the activities of major construction companies to keep workers safe.

    By Orchie Bandyopadhyay on 11 September 2023

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    Competence and culture change in the built environment: important developments

    Building safety is the new regulatory regime overseen by the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) to ensure the fire safety and structural safety of higher-risk buildings (HRBs).

    By Laura White, Pinsent Masons on 16 August 2023

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    Harnessing technology to enhance fire safety in construction

    Although fire can be a significant hazard during construction work, leading construction company Avondale Construction is deploying a range of innovative technology to minimise the risk of a blaze.

    By Nick Curran, Avondale Construction on 15 August 2023

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    Poor risk assessment cost SMEs £10k last year, survey finds

    41 per cent of SMEs surveyed by Hiscox paid over £10,000 in compensation over last year due to public injuries, with a third admitting to not having a risk assessment policy.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 09 June 2023

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    Construction machinery in London: cutting its contribution to air pollution

    A Low Emission Zone for non-road mobile construction machinery in London is helping to reduce the plant’s contribution to the city’s air pollution – and in May this year, the project was judged Innovator of the Year at the Fleet Vision International Awards.

    By Andrew Gordon, Cleaner Construction for London on 05 June 2023

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    Preventing silicosis: key recommendations for government and HSE to consider

    Silicosis is considered to be the most common chronic occupational lung disease worldwide.

    By Jim Shannon MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Respiratory Health on 31 March 2023

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    Giving prisoners a lifeline

    “You can see they want that thread of hope. You’re somebody who’s going to believe in them and they come away with the faith that you’re going to actually do what it says [on the tin].”

    By Belinda Liversedge on 31 March 2023

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    Mental health in construction: building the next storey

    With rising numbers of suicides in construction, how is the industry responding to the crisis?

    By Belinda Liversedge on 01 February 2023

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    It’s time to reduce air pollution from construction

    Any conversation about air pollution must be in the context of how it affects people’s health, and particularly how it disproportionately affects some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

    By Ben Pearce, Impact on Urban Health on 06 December 2022

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    Construction in India: a dangerous business

    With deaths on construction sites a daily occurrence, campaigners say the central and state governments need to increase safety inspections – and ensure construction workers can access the social security benefits they are entitled to.

    By Orchie Bandyopadhyay on 07 October 2022