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It’s grim up north

New workload statistics make “grim reading” for Scotland’s civil engineering contractors. Workloads reduced for a third consecutive quarter, tipping the sector into recession says the industry's trade body.

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Making the earth move

Perth contractor I&H Brown has started a major earthworks contract involving millions of cub. metres to pave the way for 3,000 houses on the former Blindwells opencast coal site.

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Terex days are numbered…

The last Terex-branded rigid truck will come off the Motherwell production line next month as Volvo CE continues to stamp its identity on the famous vehicles. It marks the end of a 68-year history.

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SCG employee killed

A 47-year-old employee of quarry equipment company SCG Supplies was crushed to death this week as he demonstrated a machine. Andrew Darling was showing the crusher to Neil Williams Group – his former employer.

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Road squads at risk

Scotland’s civil engineering contractors are backing a campaign to prevent road workers being put at risk by angry drivers. Employees are under threat from dangerous driving and physical or verbal abuse.

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Receivers in at Crummock

Nearly 300 employees have been made redundant following the collapse of Midlothian civil engineering business Crummock. Industry rumours that the company was in trouble were confirmed this afternoon.

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Bridge plant at auction

Several thousand items of plant and equipment used on the construction of the Forth Crossing are up for auction. Telehandlers, generators, work platforms and small plant are among more than 1,000 lots.

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QTS in £80m deal

QTS Group, the Lanarkshire rail contractor, has been acquired in an £80m deal. The company is headed by Alan McLeish who started the company in 1992 with a £300 loan from his mother.

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Supply chains at risk

There could be more casualties among smaller supply chain companies as Scotland’s construction industry continues to wrestle with “an unprecedented sequence of problems” warns a business recovery expert.

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Who’s the best operator?

A trip to Malaga is on the cards for the country’s top plant operators as Caterpillar brings back its Operator Challenge after a four-year break. Scottish heats will be held April 27-28.

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