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Major contractors dropa bombshell on the birdman

CONTRACTORS employed to clear away pigeon droppings will be required to hold skills cards in order to work on major sites up and down the country.

The Major Contractors Group wants all operatives of any description working on its sites to hold cards affiliated to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme by the end of the year.

But the drive has thrown up a number of 'unclassifiable' trades not covered by a skills card.

CSCS chairman Tony Merricks admitted: 'All sorts of people have popped up as a result of this, including the people who put up barriers so pigeons don't land on sites and those who clear away any mess left behind by the birds.'

Mr Merricks added that the CSCS board was drawing up plans to launch a campaign aimed at getting smaller firms signed up to the scheme.