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Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 - New Construction Act

The above, otherwise known as the New Construction Act came into force on the 1st October 2011 and makes significant amendments to the Housing Grants, Construction and Regulations Act 1996. One aspect of the Act is to make unenforceable, contract clauses that state retention monies are not payable until a third party certificate is issued, thus ending "Paid when Paid" and "Pay when Certified" clauses. For further details please contact RBC on 01903¬† 773108 or... read more »

50 ways to leave your carbon

A new website "carbonaction2050" offering advice on low-carbon construction has been established to help the industry meet future UK emission targets and understand conflicting facts and figures. The website endeavours to allow users to gain information on specific actions relevant to their role by accessing different areas of the website. For example, the Buildings in Construction section is aimed at contractors, architects and surveyors¬† and a typical action is to reduce the embodied carbon of... read more »

HSE consultation on amendments to RIDDOR

The Health and Safety Executive are consulting on proposals to amend The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995¬† (RIDDOR). RIDDOR places a legal duty on employers, the self employed and persons in control of premises, to report work related deaths, major injuries or over three day minor injuries, work related diseases and dangerous occurrences (otherwise known as near-misses). The proposed amendment to RIDDOR is to extend the need to report a minor injury... read more »

Fire on Construction Sites of all sizes

A new FREE electronic edition of HSG 168 is now available for download from the HSE website. This explains how EVERYONE involved in a construction project of whatever size, including Client, Architects, Contractor and other Consultants can comply with their legal duties to prevent fire risks. Unfortunately there are hundreds of fires on construction sites every year, which in most cases could have been avoided and thus prevent unnecessary danger to life and property. Download your FREE... read more »