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Lawyer warns of the challenges of ‘virtual mediation’ as a result of Covid-19

Organisations that are looking to use mediation as a way to resolve a dispute without the need for costly litigation need to be aware of the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic will have on the process in the coming months, and the potential pitfalls and challenges. This is according to Ian Timlin, a specialist dispute resolution and commercial litigation lawyer at Conexus Law, who cautions that the new process may not be as effective and is also less secure unless certain measures are put in place.

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BigChange gives MPBI’s modular building business room for expansion

Modular building specialists MPB Installations (MPBI) has seen a boom in business since implementing the latest mobile workforce management technology from BigChange. The company’s installation and service teams have been equipped with rugged tablets that synchronise with office management software as part of a paperless, real time system. MPBI has won significant new contracts thanks to the instant electronic reporting and services improvements provided by the system.

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The importance of hand hygiene on construction sites during COVID-19

The government is regularly updating its guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed on how to work safely during COVID-19. This includes specific advice for those who work in on run construction sites, and other outdoor facilities.

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The green construction recovery

Decarbonising construction to produce more sustainable and better performing buildings will be crucial to creating a more viable ecological future. Andy Goodwin, Managing Director of sustainable specialist contractor, B&K Structures considers the pitfalls surrounding a green construction recovery.

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ASFP announces programme of free passive fire protection webinars

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has announced a programme of free passive fire protection (PFP) webinars. 

Each will focus on a different PFP system, providing a detailed introduction to the main characteristics of each product type and explaining the product testing, performance and installation requirements. They will also introduce the ASFP best practice guidance related to each product – particularly the ASFP suite of ‘Colour Books’, which are referenced in the Building Regulations and provide definitive guidance on the full range of passive fire protection measures. 

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Modular Green Nationwide by Benfield ATT

Founded in 1995 to manufacture Swedish homes for Scandia Hus, ATT (Advanced Timber Technology) was bought in 2002 by Prof. Dr. Michael Benfield. Today, Benfield ATT uses DfMA ( Design for Manufacture & Assembly) to blend their extensive and rather unique knowledge of all forms of timber structure, building science and regulations to meet each client’s conceptual and functional requirements. 

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ASFP releases new advisory notes on the fire protection of structural steel

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has released a suite of new Advisory Notes which offer guidance on the fire protection of structural steel. The four new Advisory notes address specific concerns identified by industry.

ASFP Advisory Note 18: ASFP Position on Installing Partitioning to the Underside of Structural Steel Sections Coated with a Reactive Fire Protection System highlights concerns related to fixing partitioning directly to columns or beams treated with intumescent paint. It notes that fixing anything directly to either the column/beam will impede the intumescent paint from expanding and may allow heat to transfer to the steel, resulting in localised loss of strength and potential failure in the event of a fire. 

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New A1 fire rated non-combustible pedestals introduced

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater and drainage systems, have introduced a new range of A1 fire rated, non-combustible raised floor pedestals from Harmer to the website. For external balconies, terraces, roof & winter gardens etc. The new range has been designed to comply with the latest building fire regulations released in response to the Hackitt report, following the Grenfell tragedy.

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Broker launches new vehicle management division

Financial services broker, Midlands Asset Finance (MAF), has announced the creation of its new vehicle management and leasing division.

Officially launching today (22nd), the team, known as MAF Leasing, will actively serve both consumers and businesses for the first time in the company’s history. 

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PASMA responds to HSE prosecution after tower collapse causes worker to fall 8m

A recent prosecution at Glasgow Sheriff Court has highlighted both the human and financial consequences when work at height is not properly planned, designed and managed.

The court heard that on 2 September 2016, an employee of JR Scaffold Services Ltd, who was erecting a tower scaffold to carry out roof repairs, fell 8 metres after the cantilever section on which he was standing collapsed. According to reports, it left him hospitalised for two weeks, with severe injuries including a collapsed lung, ruptured spleen and multiple rib and shoulder fractures. It was five months before he could return to work and he will be on daily antibiotics for the rest of his life.

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CONSTRUCT launches two metre hardhat sticker campaign during COVID-19

The Trade Body for concrete structures has launched a campaign to help encourage 2m social distancing on construction sites across the UK.

CONSTRUCT’s bright hardhat stickers feature the 2m distance rule in order to embed new behaviours on site while social distancing measures are in place.

The stickers act as a visual reminder for operatives to keep them and those around them safe on site.

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