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CONSTRUCTION PARTNERSHIP TACKLES BUILDING SITE WASTE

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A new project to cut high levels of waste on construction sites and ...
A new project to cut high levels of waste on construction sites and

improve health and safety was announced by employment relations

minister Gerry Sutcliffe today.

Currently, about 15-20% of all material delivered to construction

sites ends up in skips, costing industry hundreds of millions of

pounds a year. The Health and Safety Executive reports that almost

half of accidents are the result of untidy and badly laid out

construction sites.

The project aims to spread environmentally friendly practices

throughout UK construction sites by closer working between the main

contractor, sub-contractors and trade unions.

It will provide companies running construction projects with the

necessary tools to ensure that everyone joining a construction site

learns about environmental concerns and safety as part of their

induction.

These tools will include learning packs, tools to manage and

maintain partnerships and a framework for reporting success.

Mr Sutcliffe has earmarked a£191,500 from the DTI's Strategic

Partnership Fund, which helps strengthen employer-employee

relationships and improve business performance. Business will make

up the rest of the£827,600 in total needed over two years to get the

scheme off the ground.

Mr Sutcliffe said:

'Health and safety on construction sites must always be a top

priority. I welcome this initiative for its direct approach to

tackling safety and environmental concerns.'

Project manager Uly Ma, of Greenfile Developments Ltd, said:

'A majority of the construction sector employs subcontractors and

this means that good practices learnt from one project may not be

carried through to another. Also, many of these small companies may

not have the resources to provide lifelong learning for their

employees.

'We believe that significant cost savings, reduction in accidents and

minimising environmental impacts - the three components of

su stainable development - can be achieved through a well-organised

and neat construction site, coupled with teams that know how to spot

waste and how to resolve waste problems.'

Notes

1. More information about the Partnership Fund is available at

www.dti.gov.uk/partnershipfund

2. The project will be managed by Greenfile Developments, a

specialist in construction, partnerships and sustainable development.

3. Other partners in the project are:

* Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT)

* Laing O'Rourke Scotland

* Mowlem Building

* CITB - ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council for

construction

* Engineers Against Poverty - NGO focussing on multi-sector

partnerships on sustainable development with international

engineering service companies

* Building Research Establishment - specialist in construction and

sustainable development

* Niall Marriott Associates - specialist in sustainable development

and partnerships

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