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Record educational order
The Polish Ministry of Education has agreed to buy more than 860 surveying instruments from Topcon. The order, comprising 430 total stations and 430 optical levels is thought to be a world record.
REACH impact
The new REACH legislation on chemicals will mean construction companies and workers are given more information about the risks associated with materials they deal with. FIEC is involved in initiatives to ensure this is done effectively, and that information can travel up and down the supply chain.
Case studies
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) there were 77 fatalities in the UK construction industry between 2006 and 2007, a 28% increase on the previous year. Twenty-three (30%) of those were due to falls from height and 16 (21%) were caused by a moving or falling object. This amounted to 3.7 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers, up from 3 per 100,000 in the 2005 to 2006 period.
Legislation and change
As the landscape changes in the crane industry so the legislation governing it needs to reflect implications of these changes and evolve where necessary. A good example is the State of Queensland, Australia. Brent Stacey reports
Keeping global markets open
In a speech earlier this year, Charlie McCreevy, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, noted that in times of big changes and uncertainties, globalisation is increasingly perceived as a threat.
Top marks
Neil England, business performance manager at ConstructionSkills in the UK, talks about its new Plant Manager Safety Training Scheme, and why training is everybody's business.
Canadian training strategies
Gerry Hughes, executive director at the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO), reports on Canada's comprehensive training requirements and how his organisation is meeting those needs
Opt-out to hit construction
The European Parliament's plans to amend the Working Time Directive include removing the 48 hour working week opt-out clause. Supporters claim that the changes would improve health and safety, as well as enhance work-life balance, but the construction industry claims that it will have serious implications for the sector. Claire Symes reports.
Development banks target corruption
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has joined forces with the World Bank and other international development banks to fight corruption. Under the agreement the IMF, World Bank, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will develop a framework to tackle fraud
Dubai reveals plans to build eco-friendly real estate
Dubai has unveiled an AED 200 billion (US$ 54.4 billion) environmentally friendly real estate project stretching over 82 km2, according to local news agency Wam.
112 named in UK bid rigging probe
The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has alleged that 112 construction companies in the UK have engaged in bid rigging. The allegations, in the form of a Statement of Objections, follow one of the largest ever investigations under the UK's Competition Act.
Non-compliance illustrated
Despite their illegality and failure to conform to EU laws, non-compliant construction machines are still being sold and used in Europe. To help contractors avoid buying such equipment, CECE presents a brief guide to the main danger signs.
Lead Market Initiative
The development of sustainable construction practices is one of six key areas singled-out by the Commission's Lead Market Initiative. FIEC believes this could lead to better regulation, more standardisation and greater efficiency in the industry.
Bribery scandal in Bulgarian roads
A bribery scandal involving two civil servants is threatening to bring major road construction projects to a halt in Bulgaria. The European Commission has asked for funds to be frozen pending investigations. Chris Sleight reports.
Beijing construction ban
City officials in Beijing have announced a two-month ban on construction projects, starting on 20 July, in a bid to improve the city’s air quality ahead of the Olympics. The Games get under way on 8 August.
600 arrested after Sharjah riots
More than 600 Asian labourers were arrested in Sharjah yesterday after a violent protest in the Al Nahda district, reports the WAM newsagency.
Venezuela to nationalise cement
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has announced the forcible nationalisation of the country’s cement industry with immediate effect. He said in a televised speech that the country could no longer allow cement to be exported when it was needed to help curb Venezuela’s housing shortage.
Lobbying
One of the biggest challenges for the European Rental Association (ERA) is to represent the industry in Brussels, having a positive influence on new European Union regulations and legislation that will have an impact on the rental sector. What has the association been doing?
Crunch time
New waste management and recycling regulations in Europe will force contractors to take a new approach to managing waste materials on sites, and provide rental companies with a new opportunity, as Marcus Clay, managing director of Digbits, explains.
Argentina launches new infrastructure plan
The Argentine government has launched a new national infrastructure plan, the Plan Estratégico Territorial (PET) 2008-2016 (Territorial Strategic Plan).
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