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Construction's most common medical conditions: What to doSubscription

From 2014 to 2017, some 80,000 construction workers reported suffering from a medical condition caused or made worse by their work. Lucy Alderson looks at the most common problems – and best practice for tackling them.

Dangerously tired: What fatigue is doing to the industry

Dangerously tired: What fatigue is doing to the industrySubscription

Working 80-hour weeks and 18-hour days are just some of the on-the-job experiences shared with CN. Just how dangerous is this long-hours culture for health and safety? Lucy Alderson investigates.

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Fatalities rate: Is this as safe as we'll ever get?Subscription

Having revolutionised health and safety in the noughties, the industry’s fatality rates have flattened out in recent years. Binyamin Ali asks: why have improvements stalled and how does the sector take standards to the next level?

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Grasp the basics: Ways to hit 300,000 homes a yearSubscription

Housebuilding targets are unlikely to be met without digital innovation. A panel of leaders from clients, housebuilders and trade bodies gathered to identify the barriers to technology – and how to break them down.

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Who are the best-paid construction plc executives?Subscription

Corporate pay packets are being scrutinised like never before. CN analysed the accounts of the biggest listed construction firms to reveal who earns the most among the top bosses.

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The retentions war: What does the industry really want?Subscription

Retentions are back in the spotlight following Carillion’s collapse, yet the industry is divided on how to take action. Why are retentions being abused and how should they be tackled?

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Mott and Volker's chemistry revamps London stationSubscription

Mott MacDonald and VolkerFitzpatrick faced the task of revamping a busy station to reflect east London’s chemical history – while also keeping to extremely tight timescales. Lucy Alderson takes a look.

More industry analysis

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Who'd build a stadium?Subscription

It’s not been the most auspicious summer for London’s Premier League clubs looking to expand their stadiums. 

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    Who'd build a stadium?

    It’s not been the most auspicious summer for London’s Premier League clubs looking to expand their stadiums. 

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    Balfour treads the new path

    There’s one thing subcontractors and journalists have very much in common: we’re both on the lookout for tell-tale signs of trouble among main contractors.

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    Who’s doing the bad bidding?

    This week NG Bailey’s chief executive David Hurcomb told me the decision to “walk away” from bids had been a key reason behind his firm’s profit growth.

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    Look up the definition of ‘icon’ and you will see the following: “A person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or worthy of veneration.”

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    Are you putting deadlines above safety?

    A scaffolder accidentally drops his spanner 50 m above ground, down into the middle of a busy construction site.

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    Who’s in charge of health and safety?

    Since John Prescott’s 2001 intervention led to the industry’s first safety summit, there have been significant health and safety improvements in this industry.

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    Interserve’s future is down to fine margins

    Today was a big day for Interserve.

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    Technology: What are you protecting?

    Imagine a paranoid bank manager that takes a different route into work each day to avoid being followed, who’s installed the latest biometric scanners on every door of his branch, and whose impregnable vault has never once been breached.