Construction has agreed a partnership with health and wellness provider hero
which will see all of its 140 employees benefit from a tailored health and
wellbeing package covers both mental and physical health and includes
one-to-one health checks and screenings, wellbeing training for all direct line
managers, mental health first aid training and ongoing workshops throughout
Andrew Murray from Caddick Construction said: “Our employees are our greatest
asset and we want to ensure they feel valued and supported. We are thrilled to
be leading the way when it comes to mental resilience and wellbeing in the
workplace – issues which should not and cannot be ignored. As employers we take
our responsibility to our team members seriously and want to support them in as
many ways possible to ensure they are both healthy and happy inside and outside
He added: “The hero
team impressed us with the depth and level of support they provide behind
the scenes. I’m confident this project will deliver tangible results for our
staff that will enhance and improve the health and wellbeing our employees,
whether office based or on site.”
Right now, one
in six construction workers in the UK is experiencing depression,
anxiety or stress.
· In the UK men
remain three times as likely to take their own lives than women.
· The highest
suicide rate in the UK was for men aged 45-49.
Joe Gaunt, CEO of
hero said: “It’s always rewarding to see businesses waking up to the fact
they play a large and important part in the health and wellbeing of their team.
It’s great to see Caddick Construction leading the way and championing
wellness at work in such a bold and committed manner. The ‘Mindset’ programme
of events have been purposely designed to offer comprehensive screenings and
health checks that cover everything from blood pressure to cholesterol and
blood tests too.”
“We have been
working with Caddick to understand the current ‘state of the workforce’
enabling us to create a bespoke programme, which will deliver results and have
immediate and long-term effects. The hero Discovery Report demonstrated
clear indicators of specific support around what the Caddick team wanted to
see. And, as a result, we were able to design a bespoke and tailored programme
perfect for Caddick employees.”
2019 marks hero’s
second year and since its launch in May 2018 it has acquired two businesses and
established exciting and innovative partnerships with organisations such as
Moda, Les Mills, MyZone and Jamie Peacock.
Unite is calling for all HS2 workers to be directly employed and an end to using payroll and umbrella companies on the project.
Unite kicked-off its campaign with a demo outside the offices of the Costain-Skanska Joint Venture
The union staged a demonstration yesterday outside the headquarters of Costain-Skanska Joint Venture (CSjv), who are currently carrying out the southern area enabling works for HS2.
Unite want to see CSjv employ workers directly rather than through agencies like Bowercross Construction Limited who supply labour on the job.
National officer for construction Jerry Swain said: “HS2 is one of the most high profile construction projects in the UK and there is an agreement between the unions and HS2 that outlaws these types of practices.
“It would be reasonable to expect that HS2’s management, would want to ensure that first class workers’ rights exist on this project and as a minimum uphold the agreement they signed.”
Unite said it will now be extending its campaign across all of HS2’s sites.
An HS2 Ltd spokesperson said: “We have an agreement with the TUC demonstrating our commitment to working with the trade unions.
“By working together, we will build the new high-speed railway safely and create a diverse, inclusive and skilled workforce.”
A CSjv spokesperson said: “Bowercross Construction Limited (BCL), is one of the CSjv’s approved suppliers, who provide labour to some of our sites on the High Speed Two enabling works programme.
“All BCL workers on our programme are paid via PAYE and receive full employment rights, which include a minimum of the London Living Wage, EU holiday and sick pay and welfare benefits.
“CSjv are keen to meet with Unite to discuss their concerns and have previously offered opportunities for them to meet our workers.”
Chemical giant INEOS has unveiled plans to build a £350m steam and power plant at its Grangemouth site in Scotland.
Tobias Hannemann, CEO O&P UK said: “This investment forms part of our wider plans to secure a bright future for manufacturing at Grangemouth and will continue its renaissance as a world class petrochemicals site.”
INEOS will also invest £150m in Hull to construct a new Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM) plant.
VAM is a key component in a wide range of important high-end products including laminated windscreens, toughened glass, adhesives, coatings, films, textiles and carbon fibre.
Graham Beesley CEO of INEOS Oxide said: “This is an exciting time for INEOS and great news for manufacturing in the region.
“We are proud to be bringing production of this important material back to the UK. This will not only strengthen UK manufacturing but boost exports from the UK to Europe and the rest of the world.”
Politicians explored why 18% of people who die at work do so as a result of a fall from height, and what steps can be taken by government and industry to prevent incidents for the millions of people in the UK that work at height.
The report makes 4 primary recommendations to reduce the overall number of falls:
The introduction of an enhanced reporting system through RIDDOR.
The appointment of an independent body that allows confidential, enhanced and digital reporting of all near misses, to be shared with government and industry to inform health and safety policy.
The extension of the Working Well Together – Working Well at Height safety campaigns.
An equivalent system to Scotland’s Fatal Accident Inquiry process extended to the rest of the UK.
Alison Thewliss, Chair of the APPG on Working at Height and MP for Glasgow Central said: “Every fall from height can have life-altering consequences for workers and their families. There is an urgent need to improve work at height culture, yet this issue is sadly not at the top of decision-makers’ agenda.
“A lack of empirical data prevents us from understanding the root causes of falls from height. This is compounded by a cultural obstacle when it comes to supporting people to report unsafe practices.
“We have made comprehensive recommendations to government, but the APPG’s work does not stop here. Our report must be the first step in a wider process of systematic and cultural change. It is now time for policy-makers to act.”
The APPG is now calling for a further period of consultation and a major review of work at height culture, including how to engage with difficult to reach sectors, the suitability of financial penalties, and the role of digital technologies in improving the safety environment.
A few generations ago, the toolbox was a staple in the home. Your Mum, Dad, Gran and Grandad all know how to fix the odd problem around the house, but do you?
More recently, there has been a crisis in DIY. Millennials, on the whole, don’t have the time, don’t know how or plain just don’t want to do it, with things as simple as bleeding a radiator or changing a lightbulb being out of the question for many.
Is it time we turned things around? Here’s why and how you should go about bringing the toolbox back into your home.
DIY? Outside of avoiding feeling a tad embarrassed when having to admit you don’t know how to rewire a plug, there are numerous reasons that it’s worth learning a few tricks of the trade.
• Save serious money: The cost of external labour is significant. Often the simplest of tasks come with an initial ‘callout fee’ with an additional charge. Learning basic DIY tasks, especially when it comes to remodelling or moving into a new home, could easily be worth thousands in savings. • You’re the boss: You know what you want and how you want it done, so who better to do the work than you? You are the only one who can recreate the picture in your head, and it saves the trouble of paying for something you didn’t quite ask for. • Learn the craft: Whether it’s online tutorials or taking a few courses, learning DIY can give you valuable life skills that not only save you money, but give you a sense of achievement as well. • The best results?: Following on from being your own boss, there’s no reason to say you won’t do a better job on your home than a local tradesmen. After all, you can devote more time to a job, plus you have a vested interest in the final product being as good as it can be.
What Should I Have in There?
If the above has done enough to persuade you to get involved, then you need to know what a basic home toolbox should have:
• Electric drill: The handiest of all power tools. Go cordless for sake of ease, but make sure you get a good battery to power it. • Hacksaw: For cutting wood, plastic and metal. • Screwdriver set: A set of multi-headed screwdrivers is an absolute essential. • Claw hammer: For banging in new nails and removing old crooked ones. • Pliers: A versatile tool that can clamp and cut. • Adjustable wrench: For tightening nuts and bolts. • Tape measure: An obvious must for any measuring needs. • Spirit level: Avoid wonky photos, shelving and wall fitted appliances. • Utility knife: Multi-purpose for all sorts of little jobs. • Flashlight: So you can see what you’re doing. • Safety gear: Safety goggles and work gloves should be a basic requirement.
Now you’ve got some good reasons to do it and a basic list to get you started, you can join the DIY revival.
Don’t be afraid to start small and grow to bigger and brighter things. Before you know it, you will be completing projects to be proud of, and you’ll have some extra cash in your pocket to enjoy as well.
Nottingham Forest have revealed plans to redevelop the City Ground in a move that will see it become the largest stadium in the East Midlands.
Architect Benoy has designed the revamp
The club have been drawing up redevelopment plans for 18 months with the aim of starting at the end of next season.
Plans include building a new Peter Taylor Stand and improvements to the Trentside area, Brian Clough and Bridgford Stands.
The new stand will include a museum, new club shop and a range of hospitality lounge facilities. When complete The City Ground’s capacity will reach 38,000.
The club unveiled the stadium plan, drawn up by architect Benoy, after an agreement with the City Council for an extended lease on The City Ground
Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis said: “The City Ground has iconic history and memories for our supporters and?these legacies were fundamental in our decision us to remain on the banks of the River Trent and not relocating to an alternative site.
“This is our home and we will remain here forever.
“This investment is about our club and the city of Nottingham and we are all committed together to deliver a place that we will all feel proud of, The New City Ground, our home forever.”
According to recent figures, the UK economy’s been grinding
its gears hard lately – and now it’s actually slipped into reverse. The Office
for National Statistics is reporting that growth in Gross Domestic Product (the
value of all the country’s goods and services produced) shrank 0.4% in a month.
In fact the 2018 figures show that growth in the UK economy has now hit its
lowest point since 2012. With an uncertain Brexit just weeks away and a skills
shortfall crisis to contend with, these are uncomfortable numbers for the
British construction industry.
Overall, ONS figures for the building trade show:
Total construction output
went town by 0.3% in the last 3 months of 2018, after having risen by 2.1%
for the quarter before. The drop was mostly down to maintenance and repair
output, which fell 2.8%.
The maintenance and repair
drop came down to decreases of 4% in figures for private housing output
and 2.9% in non-housing.
The blow was cushioned a
bit by a 1.1% rise in overall new work. You can thank rises of 1.9% in
infrastructure and 1.4% in private commercial work for that.
The latest monthly figures
dropped badly, with December’s all-work series falling 2.8% compared to
November. That’s the biggest one-month drop since June 2012’s 4.3% plummet.
Looking back to 2017’s
numbers, we’re seeing growth of 0.7% in construction over the last year.
Again, that’s the lowest year-on-year growth rate since 2012, when output
dropped by 6.9%.
Needless to say, these aren’t great numbers – and there are
likely to be some knock-on effects for the industry to deal with. A general
unease over awarding new projects would be pretty understandable, for one
A nervous atmosphere in the industry is exactly the kind of
breeding ground that leads to stalled or abandoned projects – particularly when
there’s the fear of rising costs to factor in.
Work opportunities tend to dwindle down, and the looming
threat of layoffs feeds into a broader perception of construction as a field
weak on opportunity and prospects. With an ageing workforce and a skills
shortfall, people are just leaving the industry and not coming back.
Construction thrives on innovation, and is learning fast how
to pull in talent from other fields. The other side to that, obviously, is that
people with transferable skills will simply transfer themselves back out when
the going gets too uneven.
Putting it all in perspective, if you’re working in the
building trade it’s a challenging time. At RIFT, we see more and more of our
construction customers struggling over finding new jobs and making the most of
It’s more important than ever to make sure you’re paying the
right amount of tax – and claiming back what you’re owed from HMRC. That takes
expertise that few people have – and it’s the reason RIFT are the UK’s leading
tax specialists. From welders to window fitters, when it comes to handling tax
refunds in construction, you’re better off with RIFT.
women into construction and engineering must become a higher priority for
government and employers, urges Develop Training Ltd (DTL).
The training company says
redressing the gender imbalance is not just desirable from an ideological
viewpoint but also a means of helping to tackle the chronic skills shortage
afflicting the industry. Two thirds of employers say a shortage of engineers is
a threat to their business.
DTL, whose customers
include household names in the utilities and energy sectors, highlighted the
issue to coincide with International Women’s Day on Friday March 8.
This year, International
Women’s Day kicks off a year-long campaign with the theme #BalanceForBetter.
Organisers say: “Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The
race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, a
gender-balance of employees… Gender balance is essential for economies and
communities to thrive.”
John Kerr, DTL’s Director
of Education & Training, said: “The industries we serve are among the most
male-dominated in the country. Only nine per cent of the UK’s engineering
workforce is female, and we have the lowest percentage of female engineering
professionals in Europe.”
He said the challenges
included improving the way construction and engineering were portrayed in
schools, encouraging girls and young women to study engineering-related
subjects and changing perceptions of working in the industry.
“In many ways, the
obstacles to bringing more women into the sector are the same as we face in
attracting young people,” said Mr Kerr. “The industry offers well-paid, secure
and skilled work with great career prospects, but it still encounters
prejudiced ideas of dirty manual labour. There are a number of excellent
initiatives to attract women into engineering and construction, and some great
role models, and we hope that broader changes in society will also play a part
in breaking down barriers. We support International Women’s Day and the Balance
For Better campaign in their efforts to make a difference.”
One female role model is
DTL’s own Nicola Smith, who swapped life as a stockbroker to become an
Nicola has been a Lecturer
in Smart Meter installation with DTL since February 2017, passing on the skills
and knowledge she developed during her time as a hands-on installer to others.
Having started work as a cashier for a building society, she
quickly progressed in the
financial services sector, eventually becoming a stockbroker based in London’s
Canary Wharf, but she had a nagging feeling that she wanted to do something
At age 19, she applied for
a mechanics course, but the man she spoke to about it put her off. Years later,
when an apprenticeship at British Gas came up, she grabbed the opportunity.
“At that time British Gas
were one of the few companies offering to pay people while they learned,”
Nicola recalls. “Fortunately, many more companies offer apprenticeships today.”
Nicola said she was
completely accepted by her team-mates, but she had to challenge public
perceptions that engineers were men. “Customers would say to me ‘but when will
the engineer be here?’ and I’d have to explain that I was the engineer,” she
Nicola hopes that at DTL,
she can play a part in encouraging women into engineering: “I’m a massive
advocate of encouraging more women into the industry. I really want to
encourage women to see it as a career choice. There’s genuinely nothing a man
can do that we can’t. With practice, you become just as capable as your male
colleagues. I really can’t shout loudly enough about it.”