Archive July 2017

Hospital Asbestos 'a ticking time bomb'

Interesting article from the BBC in regard to asbestos in hospitals. It states that 94% of hospitals in London contain asbestos, what does this mean for the rest of the country? Doctor Peter Szlosarek, consultant oncologist at Barts Hospital, who is studying mesothelioma, has highlighted the following facts:- About 2,600 people die each year in the UK from the condition which affects the lungs Symptoms include breathlessness, cough, chest pain, night sweats and in rare cases damage to the spinal...
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Local Schools Closed Due to Asbestos

Close to home we have read that two schools in Shefford have been closed due to Asbestos contamination. Nearby demolition work has caused issues regarding the safety of the environment. There were unconfirmed risks concerning the safety of the site, this is due to the boiler room being partly demolished.  Pupils were sent home as a safety measure. What it doesn't say is if a pre-demolition survey was carried out. . . . . If you are a building custodian, a client or a landlord Ai Solutions...
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Construction Fatalities Update

We note that construction worker fatalities dropped significantly in the year end to March 2017 reaching an all-time low. This is great news. However there were 30 fatalities across construction during 2016/17 and, according to the HSE (PDF), this is the lowest on record. Interestingly of the 30 construction worker deaths, 22 were employed and eight self-employed and the HSE indicate that twelve of these were due to 'falls from height'. Additionally there were four members of the public died...
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Fire Testing May Lead to Prosecutions

Still in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy we are seeing more councils, and other large landlords, carrying out fire safety tests their building portfolios. We note that up to 95 tower blocks in 26 local authorities have now failed tests on cladding. Although there were 95 tower blocks that failed tests a number are yet to be tested. It's looking like a huge issue for all concerned. Police announced that the force was keeping open the option of issuing manslaughter, or other criminal charges,...
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Housing Crisis

We are still seeing a lot of news regarding the housing crisis. It is hoped that now the new housing minister, Alok Sharma, is on board things will start to improve. The construction industry will all be keen to see what progress the government will make in regard to its white paper, which was published earlier this year. The white paper was part of a plan to 'fix' the UK's broken housing market and it sets out reforms to boost the supply of new homes in the England. However, our new government...
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Scaffolding - Dangers of Unsupervised Staff

A local company in St Albans has recently been fined due to lack of supervision of their staff. Luton magistrates' court that a 20 year old worker was working on scaffolding when he lost all points of contact while climbing a ladder. The court found that the worker was 'unsupervised' and 'working alone' on the scaffolding. They also noted that the worker was not put through any training. The recommended path is through CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolding Record Scheme) and all workers that...
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