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Special reports

Health & Safety

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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.

Working at Height

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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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Radioactive Sellafield chimney gets 'bonkers' demolitionSubscription

Main contractor Nuvia is using a 25-tonne self-climbing platform held up by mere friction to demolish a chimney that rises 122 m above the ground.

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Westminster makeover pushes weight to the maxSubscription

Underground parking and limited building information have kept ISG and scaffolding contractor GKR on their toes as they tackle a 19-storey refurbishment.

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VR and simulators offer huge work-at-height potentialSubscription

The integration of BIM and VR alongside advances in drone and robotics technology could change working at height beyond recognition, suggests IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman.

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How my parliamentary panel is targeting safety at heightSubscription

In the past year, 25 families have lost loved ones or have had their lives forever changed due to a fall from height.

Demolition

Stewart Mardle senior tower policy manager BT

So tell me: What’s your rescue plan?Subscription

Almost half of all fatalities in construction result from falls from height, according to data published by the Health and Safety Executive.

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Specialist main contractors: The industry’s silver bullet? Subscription

Groundwork specialists are increasingly taking on all enabling works up to superstructure and achieving big margins. Is this the future?

Concrete

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Bye bye demolition: The future is deconstruction Subscription

Signs are emerging that the demolition sector and the wider industry are starting to embrace deconstruction as the way forward. 

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How Crossrail took concrete into uncharted territorySubscription

Few people fully realise the importance of concrete to Crossrail and how the £14.8bn project has pushed the boundaries of what the material can do.

Rail

Martyn Kenny sustainability director Tarmac

The whole truth: Concrete and carbonSubscription

The most widely used man-made material on Earth is undergoing a renaissance in the understanding of its whole-life carbon benefits.

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Network Rail: Five projects to watchSubscription

Network Rail’s CP6 programme is looming into view while several CP5 projects continue to hog the headlines. Lucy Alderson looks at the latest developments on five of the most high-profile schemes.

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How can Network Rail find the private cash for CP6?Subscription

Network Rail’s plan to boost private funding is struggling to get off the ground. Binyamin Ali examines both the obstacles to success and the examples that give cause for optimism

Access and Scaffolding

Eugene Smethurst process and automation business head Aecom

Digital Railway: What does this revolution look like?Subscription

The UK’s railways are on the brink of a major transformation in the way they are managed, operated and maintained.

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Carillion's top scaffolder: PFIs, payment and what comes nextSubscription

Lyndon Scaffolding was once Carillion’s go-to scaffolder before cutting its ties. CEO Robert Lynch outlines what needs to change following the firm’s demise.

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How virtual reality safety training can trick the mindSubscription

Is it possible to create artificial memories of trauma using VR, with the aim of influencing scaffolders to develop risk adverse behaviour?

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