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The return: No fast answers

The Scottish Government has set out its road map for the construction industry’s return to work. It will be slow and uncertain warns Roddy Cormack as he takes a closer look at the implications.

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JCB cuts 1,500 jobs

JCB is to lay off nearly 1,000 people at its UK factories. Five hundred agency jobs will also go as the company faces a 50% fall in global demand due to the effects of Covid-19.

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Sign of the times

The Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum has started distributing signs in a bid to halt abuse of key workers by the public. The posters follow a series of incidents involving workers on emergency projects.

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JCB gets back to work

JCB is partially re-starting production at five of its UK factories. Its production lines came to a halt on March 18 and the majority of 6,500 employees have been furloughed since April.

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Virus loans for builders

House builders in Scotland will soon be able to apply for short-term loans of up to £1m from a Scottish Government virus fund. SMEs with liquidity issues can ask for a share of the £100m emergency fund.

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Covid crashes plant sales

Covid-19 latest: Construction and earthmoving equipment sales in the UK have been devastated, just 10% of CEA companies are working as normal and key workers are being harassed by the public.

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HS2 mammoth muckshift

Plant operators will soon begin the mammoth task of excavating more than 30 million cub. metres of material as part of the HS2 high-speed rail project. Total value of the section is £2.269 billion.

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Plant thieves raid sites

Criminals are taking advantage of site shutdowns to embark on a plant theft spree. Equipment is being taken from vehicles and compounds as hirers and contractors park up due to the coronavirus.

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The £80m ‘sticking plaster’

A council boss has demanded a permanent fix for landslip problems on a major trunk road where £80m has been already been spent on a “sticking plaster approach”.

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Worker crushed by loader

Viridor Waste Management has been fined £400,000 after an employee was crushed by a 22-tonne loading shovel. It's the fourth prosecution in four years of the company, two of which related to fatal incidents.

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