Concrete worker killed by exploding tyre

A concrete supplier has been fined after an agency worker suffered fatal injuries following a tyre explosion.

Dudley Magistrates’ Court heard how the contractor suffered fatal injuries when using an air hose/compressed air to inflate the tyre of an articulated wheel loader.

An HSE investigation into the incident, on 28 March 2019, found that the company failed to have in place a safe system of work for inflation of the multi-piece split rim assembly wheels on the articulated wheel loader.

The compressed air system had not been subject to regular and thorough examination and testing by a competent person.

Anytime Concrete (GB) Ltd of West Bromwich, pleaded guilty to safety breaches and was fined £6,666.00 and ordered to pay costs of £4,522.40.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Karen Sweeney said: “This tragic incident led to the death of a worker. This could easily have been prevented if the company had acted to identify and manage the risks involved, and to put a safe system of work in place.”

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Hunt starts for developer for £1bn Edinburgh BioQuarter

Edinburgh BioQuarter has formally invited tenders for a private sector partner to expand the site with research buildings and homes.

The opportunity to create a £1bn health innovation district, which will create jobs, homes, and a community for thousands of people in Edinburgh has attracted interest from parties around the world.

BioQuarter is expected to receive £600m of investment, supporting over 4,000 jobs in construction.

Over the lifetime of the 64 acres development site, there is the potential to grow to a health innovation community of 20,000 with 2,500 residential units on site.

EBQ3 Ltd has been formed between the City of Edinburgh Council, regional development agency Scottish Enterprise and the University of Edinburgh to lead the procurement of a private partner for the proposed strategic joint venture partnership.

The public sector-led programme also includes major stakeholders NHS Lothian, a key partner in the innovation ecosystem, which has its two acute hospitals based on site.

The 167-acre site is already home to Edinburgh Medical School and the 900-bed Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

It also includes the new home of the Usher Institute for data-driven health and social care innovation, set to open in 2023.


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Contracting Authorities are hosting an online bidders event on Tuesday 9 November, from 9-10am.

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Clegg senior trio sell 51% stake to employee trust

A trio of main shareholders in Nottingham-based contractor Clegg Group have sold a majority 51% stake in the business to an employee ownership trust.

The previous major shareholders, Keith Anderson, Simon Blackburn and Stephen Giltrap will retain a minority shareholding and continue their operational roles within the business, which includes the two trading subsidiaries Clegg Construction and Clegg Food Projects.

The directors were involved in a management buyout of the business back in 2007.

Group commercial director Keith Anderson said: “The group has weathered the last 18 months well and is in a good position to capitalise on the levels of trading currently being experienced.

“The group will post a strong set of results to December 2021 based on an expected turnover of £115m.

“Carry forward workload into 2022 is also looking particularly positive, and expectations are that revenue will increase to around £130m.

“The employee ownership route will allow us to provide opportunities for succession from within the internal management team over the coming years – an ethos that has been encouraged within the group over the last half century.”

The trust will be represented by a corporate body, led by an independent trustee and representatives from the employees and the board.

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