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Call for Olympic sites to be skills cards only

Major Contractors Group in talks to ensure all Olympics workers hold CSCS

THE MAJOR Contractors Group is in talks with the Olympic Delivery Authority to guarantee that all workers on Games venues hold CSCS skills cards.

Chairman John Spanswick told Construction News: 'This is something we are in discussions with the Olympic Delivery Authority about to see how we can help.

'A mandatory requirement for CSCS cards on Olympic sites is something we are in a position to deliver. We are also talking about what training commitments we can deliver.'

The MCG is due to set a zero-tolerance date for mandatory CSCS cards across all its members' sites within the next month.

Mr Spanswick added: 'We have made strides in recent years although we've not cracked it yet. Occupational health in the industry is another area we are looking at very carefully.'

Mr Spanswick, who is chairman of Bovis Lend Lease, was this week made a CBE for services to health and safety in the construction industry in the Queen's birthday honours list.

He previously chaired the MCG's health and safety committee and championed the 'Incident and Injury Free' health and safety campaign at Bovis Lend Lease.

In April, work and pensions secretary John Hutton appointed him to the Health and Safety Commission.

Bovis Lend Lease is one of four teams bidding for the role of delivery partner, which the authority will announce in August.

It is up against teams led by Laing O'Rourke/Mace and Amec/Balfour Beatty.

The main contract for construction of the Olympic stadium will be advertised in the Official Journal this summer. The ODA will publish its transport plan in September. The authority is preparing to announce a timetable for Olympic venues next month, as well as publishing its procurement strategy for the Games.

Chief executive David Higgins said the organisation would finalise its executive team by July and complete compulsory purchase order hearings into land acquisitions for the Olympic Park.

The ODA has confirmed Nuttall and Galliford Try subsidiary Morrison as demolition and remediation contractors for the Olympic Park .