BETTER PERFORMANCE. LOWER COST – TRUE VALUE ENGINEERING

By Mark Tomlin, Chief Executive Officer at VJ Technology Value engineering is a phrase that has divided the industry. At a time when the sector is under close scrutiny around the quality of what we build, value engineering – which not so long ago referred to a supply chain working to deliver best value – has been thrown under the bus in some quarters and blamed as a catalyst for…

World Environment Day

Recycling in Construction: Protecting Our Environment

2019 is fast becoming the year of change! We’re slowly coming around to the idea that the protection of the environment is everyone’s business. On construction sites, making the conscious decision to reduce waste and reuse items in your next project should be top of your to-do list. Environmental Impact 400 million tonnes of resources are needed to meet the demands of today’s construction industry. And it’s showing no signs…

3 Ways Automation Improves Construction Site Safety

Written by Chris Woodard, Co-Founder of Handle Construction is one of the most dangerous industries to work in, with work accidents occurring significantly more here than in any other. According to HSE, there were 58,000 work-related cases of injury in construction last year. Because construction site accidents are common, project managers have a huge responsibility to maintain workplace safety. Fortunately, advancements in technology have made construction safety management easier and…

Health & Safety at Work

HEALTH & SAFETY AT WORK – LET’S TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

It’s a taboo subject that’s often pushed to the side, but why? Stigma surrounding mental health has contributed to silencing people who fear disclosure, which can obstruct their access to much-needed support. Data from the Office of National Statistics highlights that male site workers in construction are three times more likely to commit suicide than the average UK male. Between 2011 and 2015, of the 13,232 at-work suicides on record,…

HEALTH IN CONSTRUCTION – THE SHOCKING TRUTH

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) figures, an estimated 100 million people are forced into extreme poverty each year due to health-related expenditure. This year’s World Health Day is focused on raising awareness of the shortage of medical services faced by millions of people across the globe. The Current State It’s the view of the WHO that access to services designed to improve physical and mental wellbeing should be a…

Why Do e have a skills shortage when we have some many careers to offer?

WHY DO WE HAVE A SKILLS SHORTAGE WHEN WE HAVE SO MANY CAREERS TO OFFER?

There has been a lot written about the fact that the UK construction industry is facing a skills shortage that will result in limited construction activity and see an increase in labour costs. The shortage has recently hit its worst recorded level and it is expected to worsen over the coming years, with the recruitment of new talent failing to keep up with the rate of retirement. But as an…