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Construction safety fines increase 83% in a year

Safety fines paid by the construction sector increased 83% in the first year of the new sentencing guidelines.

Construction Safety Fines : New sentencing guidelines cause big rise in safety and corporate manslaughter pay-outs.

Analysis by law firm Clyde & Co found that construction companies were ordered to pay out £13m in the 12 months from 1 February 2016, when tougher penalties for safety and corporate manslaughter offences were introduced, compared to £7m in the previous year.

Under these new rules, the scale of fines varies according to the turnover of the company and can exceed £20m for the worst cases involving corporate manslaughter, and potentially more for the largest companies.

Fines against construction firms represented 21% of the overall total collected by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) in the first year of the new sentencing guidelines. The highest fine imposed on the sector was £2.6m, which was handed out to Balfour Beatty for a trench collapse on a wind farm project.

The amount collected in fines by the HSE across all industries increased by 74% overall during the first year of the new sentencing guideline, to £61.6m from £35.5m.

Rhian Greaves, head of compliance and strategic support at Clyde & Co, said: “The floodgates are open with more fines exceeding £1m this year than in the previous 15 years combined.

Companies should be concerned that fines are now routinely hitting the £1 million mark, even in apparently less serious cases meaning that all breaches of health and safety law are now a serious threat to a company’s bottom line”

“Thanks to the new sentencing guidelines, health and safety is now a top priority for the boardroom. Our research confirms what we have been seeing in practice – the new sentencing guidelines are biting hard.”



Key demand trends affecting construction industry business

Trends affecting construction: In the world we live in today, trends and demands can change in an instant. Here are four listed successful tendencies, which may help your business.

Smart Buildings

Trends affecting construction: Decades ago, construction of a building required the contractor to consonantly redraw the engineering documents, adding to it new information. Today it is all in-house, starting from engineering itself all the way to coordinating the whole process. Moreover, modern buildings are erected with the safety issues in mind. They use state-of-art devices and sophisticated control systems in charge of arming and disarming locking mechanisms, turning the lights, ventilators, air conditions, heater and other household appliance on and off. After conquering the commercial construction market, smart building technology started paving its way to the regular homeowners, who are seeking greater sense of security and confidence. Many of proprietor, however, still rely on old ways of safeguarding themselves and their property – regular or smart locks and keys that can be easily replaced, repaired or reprogrammed by 24 hour locksmith service representatives.

BIM Modeling

The term Building Information Modeling first appeared in 1992, however it was not widely used till 2002. BIM is a digital model-based process that describes creation and management of the entire project information. For the last few years, it’s been a growing trend in the industry. BIM allows construction professionals to plan the budget more accurately and produce faster results in less time. It can be used at any time, before construction starts, during or after it.

Prefabrication and Modular Construction

Recently, prefab and modular homes have become the most favored construction tendencies, as they are space-saving, and offer quick and efficient construction methods. Both types of the home are built with prefabricated parts, however, they still differ in the method of their units’ preconstruction. In order to receive a prefab house, its separate sections and structures such as modules or panels are being prefabricated in a factory-like area, while the modular ones have to go through the pre-engineering process and then their complete modules or units can be assembled or stacked.

Energy Saving

The contractors take into account the issues related to energy consumption of the building. They also think of the impact of the erected building on the environment and the electricity grid. Many of them consider installation of the solar power panels, as well as energy recovery wheels and occupancy sensors. The solar panels absorb the sunlight and generate it into electricity, thus providing an additional source of energy. Solar panels uptake in the residential market may slow down this year though, this decline is seen to be short-lived though as providers plan for growth and retool.  They have shown to increase home premiums and help sell homes faster.  The heat wheels transfer outgoing temperature and humidity to the incoming outdoor air, while the occupancy sensors detect occupancy of a space by people in order to switch the lights, air conditioners, ventilation and heating systems on and off.

Resource: BM Magazine, Construction Dive