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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.

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Too old for tech? The barriers to digital constructionSubscription

Does age present a barrier to embracing new digitised construction methods?

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BIM: Is it holding back digital construction?Subscription

The government’s 2016 mandate brought BIM to the fore, yet many remain confused about its true meaning as leading figures ask whether it’s obscuring the need to digitise the industry. 

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Drugs, maps and trackers: Meet the industry's tech trailblazersSubscription

With tech start-ups and fresh ideas vital to digitising construction, Binyamin Ali spoke to three sector newcomers looking to transform 3D mapping, project tracking and even drug testing.

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