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June 2015

Issue 37

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INDUSTRY EYE

when awarding contracts. The

Social Value Act which came into

force in 2013 says that public

sector procurers should take it

into account when awarding

contractors for services, although

it hasn’t been extended to other

areas as we thought it might be.

The challenge is that social value

is a tricky thing to define and

to measure. A report by Social

Enterprise UK,

Communities Count

,

commissioned by Wates and

others published in June 2014

found a very mixed picture of

understanding and application

among local authorities.

The Considerate Constructors

Scheme does consider some of

these issues under the ‘Respect the

Community’ section of its Code.

One question asks about how the

project supports and contributes

to the local community, another

asks about how positive and lasting

impressions of the industry

are created.

But we should be shouting more

about the value to society our

construction projects create.

Public money should be going to

the ‘good guys’, the contractors

who do the right thing, genuinely

care about the communities they

work in and who look after their

employees and subcontractors

and all the people they come into

contact with. Not just because

it feels like the right thing to do

but because it genuinely benefits

society.

Did you know that three people

were killed by construction plant in

the UK in 2013-2014? This statistic

was highlighted by Skanska, as it

launched a new standard requiring

all heavy plant to have 360 degree

cameras mounted on top of them.

From July this year, Skanksa’s

suppliers will have to ensure that all

new plant covered by the standard

is fitted with the cameras. And from

October, existing plant will have to

be fitted with the kit too.

Plant operator Andy Moloney, of

Lynch Plant Hire, who features in

a video about the new standard

on Skanska’s website, says that

the cameras are most useful in

relation to the blind spot: “Without

the camera, you’d see someone

disappear into your blind spot but

with the camera you can actually

physically see them, where they’re

going, where they’ve gone and

you can double check that they are

outside your working zone.”

Clever little camera

The new standard applies to

hydraulic excavators over 10

tonnes, telescopic handlers where a

side loading arm restricts operator

vision, tracked dozers and graders,

ride-on compaction rollers with

enclosed cabs, wheeled loading

shovels, piling rigs (not mini rigs)

and crawler cranes.

For more information on Skanska’s

360 cameras, click

here .

Industry eye articles have

been written for

Industry

Image

by

Kristina Smith

,

Freelance construction

writer and editor.