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Turning Tyes into Tarmac

CRH subsidiary Tarmac has laid claim to be the first UK materials supplier to develop an asphalt from recycled waste tyres. Tarmac has created an asphalt mix using granulated rubber and is looking to exploit the 40 million waste tyres that are produced every year in the UK. First contractor to try it out is…

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BSI revises temporary works guidance

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has updated its code of practice for temporary works for the first time since 2011. BS 5975:2019 – Code of practice for temporary works procedures and the permissible stress design of falsework provides recommendations for temporary structures on building sites, with practical guidelines for design, specifications, construction and the use and dismantling…

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EU-OSHA introduces new dangerous substances database

EU-OSHA introduces new dangerous substances database — check it out! Do you work with dangerous substances or manage people who do? Do you need more information on how to assess and manage the risks? If so, have a look at EU-OSHA’s comprehensive new database on practical tools and guidance on dangerous substances, with links to key…

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Irish construction experiences sharp increase in activity

Activity in Ireland’s construction sector increased at a sharper pace in July amid widespread reports of strengthening demand for services. New orders continued to increase at a substantial pace and companies raised employment and purchasing activity accordingly, according to the Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track…

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Northern Ireland : Workplace accidents increase by 30 per cent in a year

The number of workplace deaths in Northern Ireland has risen by more than 30 per cent in the past year, it has emerged. Investigators at the Health and Safety Executive (HSENI) confirmed that 16 people were killed doing their job during 2016/17 compared with 12 the previous year. Farming related accidents were linked to six…

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