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Tighter lifting laws will get more powered access into Switzerland
From January 1 2009 Switzerland is tightening up the law which allows personnel to work at height by being lifted in a basket by a forklift truck. The practice can still continue but the circumstances in which it will be allowed have been greatly restricted.
Trapletti and new law will help promote UpRight in Switzerland
Rico Trapletti has joined Schuler & Schloemmer, UpRight's distributor in Switzerland, which is expanding its operations in response to major changes to the aerial lift market. Previously, Swiss law allowed working at heights over 3.5m to be carried out using baskets on fork lift trucks. All of this type of work must now be carried out using access equipment.
Beijing official given suspended death sentence
A former Beijing vice-mayor in charge of overseeing construction projects for the Beijing 2008 Olympics has been given a death sentence, suspended for two years, for corruption, according to on-line news agency China Daily.
Ecuadorean HEP dispute resolved
Brazil's Odebrecht announced this week that it will accept terms set by Ecuador's government to resolve a dispute over construction of the 230 MW San Francisco hydroelectric plant (HEP).
Blimbing Sari Airport corruption probe
Indonesia's Attorney General's Office (AGO) has named a number of former administration officials as suspects in an alleged corruption scam that cost the government IDR 40 billion (US$ 4.27 million).
Vietnam officials face bribery charges
The trial of 12 people, including 10 state officials resumed in Vietnam this week following its adjournment in January, after the judge presiding over the case was suddenly taken ill, reports local news agency Thanhnien News.
Concrete truck drivers halt NYC construction
Hundreds of construction sites in New York City, US ground to a halt on Tuesday as over 400 concrete mixer truck drivers mounted a surprise strike over pay and working conditions, according to local media reports.
Contractor charged in ‘Big Dig’ fraud
The US Attorney's Office in Massachusetts has filed 49 federal charges against Modern Continental Corporation (MCC) in connection with its work on the Central Artery/Tunnel (CA/T) project - the 'Big Dig' - in Boston.
Bond calls - still as good as cash?
Two judgements have modified the view that On Demand Bonds are as good as cash in hand. Julian Brooksbank and Philip Norman of Pinsent Masons look at situations where breaches of contract have overridden Bond calls.
Agreeing arbitration
Arbitration is the normal way of resolving disputes in international contracts, but in order to do so, the appropriate clauses have to be in the contract from the start. Andrew Wilson of Pinsent Masons outlines at the key considerations.
Sustainability in action
This year will see a range of laws come into force in the UK to tackle energy efficiency of buildings and waste in the construction industry. Helen Waddell of Pinsent Masons looks at the implications.
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.
Golden rules
The FIDIC ‘Gold Book' is the first attempt by any organisation to produce a standard form for design-build-operate contracts. Sarah Thomas of Pinsent Masons asks whether it will fill the gap in the market.
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.
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.
Mixing it up
Mixing scaffold components is an age–old issue, and becoming more so with the increasing influx of cheaper products from Asia. Patrick Hill talks to scaffold manufacturers and users in Europe and North America about the dangers of mixing.
Bribes freeze 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.
Bribe admission
A former executive with US pipeline contractor Willbros Group has pleaded guilty to charges of corruption. Jason Steph admitted to a court in Texas, US that he was involved in paying bribes of more than US$ 6 million to help win work in Nigeria.
Bid-riggers sentenced
Japan's Nagoya District Court has sentenced five ex–employees of five major construction companies to suspended prison terms for antitrust violations in a series of rigged bids for the Nagoya subway extension projects.
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