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Special reports

Health & Safety

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The road ahead: Where next for smart motorways? Subscription

From high-profile accidents to ambitious plans for diverless cars, smart motorways are a major talking point in the highways sector. James Wilmore finds their roll-out in the UK is far from clear-cut

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Logistical challenges tackled 'at every turn' on Procession House revampSubscription

Trad is due to finish delivering its first package of works on the revamp of Procession House, located a stone’s throw away from St Paul’s Cathedral. How has it managed to deliver work safely in such a busy location? Lucy Alderson takes a look.

Working at Height

karen mc donnell occupational safety and health policy adviser

Working at height safety – there's still work to be doneSubscription

Employers are still not doing enough to prevent serious injuries from falls

trad procession house 1

Logistical challenges tackled 'at every turn' on Procession House revampSubscription

Trad is due to finish delivering its first package of works on the revamp of Procession House, located a stone’s throw away from St Paul’s Cathedral. How has it managed to deliver work safely in such a busy location? Lucy Alderson takes a look.

lee rowswell group director gkr scaffolding

Specialists are the experts – bring them in early

‘Early engagement’ has become such a buzz term in our industry that it has almost lost its meaning. But I believe things are starting to change.

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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.

Demolition

Didcot Power Station collapse

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.

Concrete

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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.

IPAF VR virtual reality headset convention demonstration

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.

Rail

Alison Thewliss member of parliament for Glasgow Central chair of the APPG on Working at Height

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.

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?

Access and Scaffolding

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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.

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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