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IDF reprimands settler official over illegal construction

The security official was filmed using his IDF-issued vehicle to transport material used for illegal construction, which violates army regulations.

A security coordinator in a West Bank settlement has been reprimanded by the Israel Defense Forces after being filmed using his IDF-issued vehicle to transport material used for illegal construction.

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Work on £93m Center Parcs begins

Development of a new Center Parcs holiday resort has gotten underway this week following the award of a major contract.

Bowmer & Kirkland (B&K) clinched a deal to construct the £93 million holiday resort which will be situated in Woburn Forest, Bedfordshire, and will become the fifth site of its ilk within the UK. The company announced that the work will see the construction of leisure buildings and facilities around the site which is due to be the selling point of the holiday park to potential visitors. Officials have given a timeframe of 72 weeks for the project to be finished with spring 2014 earmarked for a completion date.

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China to resume construction of nuclear plants

The construction of new nuclear power stations, which had been suspended since the Fukushima disaster in March 2011, will be resumed in China.

But only a small number will be launched by 2015 and all of them will be located at coastal sites.

Prior to the Fukushima disaster, some energy officials indicated China would embark on as many as 40 nuclear energy projects during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15), and at least seven inland provinces applied to host plants.

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Lean and BIM Lead to Construction Safety

As initiatives such as lean and BIM (building information modeling) continue to move deeper into the construction industry, contractors are evaluating which are right for their particular operations. While some might view these two to be separate endeavors, others in the market believe there is definite value in tying the two together.

Gilbane Building Co., www.gilbaneco.com, Providence, R.I., for example, considers the two to be integral to jobsite safety. This was the topic of a recent industry presentation from the commercial contractor to the Lean Construction Institute.

William J. Gilbane, Jr., president and chief operating officer, Gilbane, says it all started as a cultural shift in how the company views safety and progressed to become part of its overall mission to maximize value on projects.

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Beating draws attention to construction security guard safety

WorkSafeBC officers are assessing the operations and safety procedures for security guards who work at Canuck Security Services, after an employee was attacked and brutally beaten at a school construction site in Port Coquitlam, B.C.

“We are conducting an investigation on part of the regulations that deal with working alone or in isolation,” said WorkSafeBC Spokesperson Ally Skinner-Reynolds.

“A risk assessment is being undertaken to make sure the employer has precautions in place to minimize risk to workers when they are alone.”

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