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    NEW TRADE BODY

    UK Contractors Group takes the lead on construction safety

    The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) was launched on 5 January 2009 and aims to be the leading trade body for UK contractors. The new body will work closely with the CBI Construction Council to deliver a stronger voice for construction. UKCG will concentrate on construction industry specific issues. The principal objectives are to:

    • influence policy and law to ensure it is proportionate and practicable;
    • encourage contractors to work together especially on HS and E issues and;
    • work with other industry groups towards a common voice for contractors.

    The UKCG Health and Safety Working party is chaired by David Liming (Carillion Director) and the first meeting of the group was addressed by Rita Donaghy Chair of the Government Inquiry into construction fatalities.

    Membership is open to both companies and trade associations.  Founder members include all the former members of the Major Contractors Group (MCG) and the National Contractors Confederation.  The first trade association member is the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC). Members of the new body include:

    Balfour Beatty; BAM Construct UK; Bovis Lend Lease Ltd; Carillion plc; Clugston Construction Ltd; Costain Group Plc; Galliford Try Plc; John Sisk & Son Ltd; Keepmoat plc; Kier Group Plc; Mace; Midas Group Ltd; Morgan Sindall Plc; NASC; NFDC; Seddon Group Ltd; Shepherd Construction Limited; Simons Construction Ltd; Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd; Skanska UK Plc; The Miller Group Ltd; Thomas Vale Construction Plc ;Vinci PlcWates Group Ltd; Willmott Dixon Holdings Limited

    Comment: The creation of UKCG should provide a more unified and authoritative voice on health and safety in the construction sector. Regulators and others in the industry will expect the new body to take clear lead. 

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