Construction Fines Surge, Super Sewer Contract Awarded, and Productivity Solutions Unveiled

Firms fined millions

Construction companies have been ordered to pay almost £8m in health and safety fines since new sentencing guidelines came into force earlier this year, according to BLM’s Health and Safety tracker. The three highest fines alone totalled £5.6m, all of which involved fatalities of either staff or customers. Directors of two construction companies were also given custodial sentences. One was given six years after being found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter, the other was sentenced to six months after one of his employees was killed on site.

Super sewer contract

GroupBC has been appointed as the Common Data Environment (BC CDE) solution provider for the joint venture between BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty, who have been appointed by Tideway to deliver the West section of London’s new ‘super sewer’, the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Valued at £416 million the six kilometre ‘West’ section of the 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel will run from Acton in West London to Fulham in South West London incorporating seven separate work sites along the route.

Productivity issues

Twelve thousand users of BRE’s health and safety tool YellowJacket are set to benefit from a new lean construction tracking feature that enables users to capture real time data related to time spent on non-value-added activities. Data captured will be displayed in visual reports including heat maps, graphs and timelines, letting you know exactly how your projects are performing. By collecting this performance data users can start to identify and target areas where improvements can be made.