The UK Government estimates that 2.2 million people work in construction – the country's biggest sector – and unfortunately, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it's also responsible for the largest number of fatalities of any sector, recording forty-two deaths in 2009/10. While agriculture is statistically the most dangerous sector, with an average of 8.7 deaths for every 100,000 workers (compared to construction's 2.2 per 100,000), construction remains four times more dangerous than the average across all sectors. The rate of major injury is, however, the highest of any sector, with 2008/9 figures showing 254 major injuries per 100,000 workers. According to the HSE's Construction Division's Plan of Work 2010/11, that equates to more than 2 million working days lost through work-related injury and ill health.
In this programme Philip White, HSE's Chief Inspector of Construction and author of the Plan of Work 2010/11 talks about the HSE's plans to tackle those deaths, injuries and lost working days.
For more than 40 years NBS services have underpinned the delivery of successful construction projects by supporting construction professionals to make the best design decisions. By providing access to the right information at the right time in the right way, our specification and collaboration, building product and construction knowledge tools and services enable you to deliver outstanding projects in an informed, collaborative and efficient way.
The specification is the backbone of any project. Products must be researched, selected and agreed with the client, with finishes and facades requiring careful consideration and discussions with clients, planners and other stakeholders.
In this article, the process followed at AHMM, which aligns to this RIBA Plan of Work framework, is outlined. Complexities that relate to the following are covered: preparing for specification writing; providing clarity between descriptive and prescriptive specifications; and coordinating specifications with the wider set of project information.
Sustainability is arguably the most expansive strategy in the RIBA Plan of Work 2020. It is also a topic that is being asked about increasingly when specifiers are reaching out to NBS to know more about how our technical content can help them achieve sustainable outcomes for their projects.
In April 2020 Dale Sinclair, Director of Technical Practice at AECOM gave a presentation giving an overview to the RIBA Plan of Work 2020. Following the session, a number of questions were raised by attendees. These questions are addressed below by Dale and Alex Tait, Head of Technical Practice at RIBA.
The UK Government has published their response to the ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation. This outlines the coming changes to the regulatory system for building safety. Lee Jones, Head of Manufacturer Solutions at NBS, provides a summary of the report below.