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Balfour Beatty finds evidence of 'localised bullying'

Balfour Beatty has found evidence of “localised bullying” while carrying out an investigation into allegations of improper conduct on a utilities contract.

The contractor received an anonymous letter claiming individuals were receiving payments in return for placing work with subcontractors on the West Midlands gas mains replacement scheme for National Grid.

A six-month investigation was carried out and the preliminary findings have been published, showing Balfour came across “no evidence of systematic bribery and corruption”.

It did however find some evidence to suggest payments of less than £1,000 “may have been made before Balfour Beatty took over the contract”.

Balfour added: “There was some evidence to suggest localised bullying.”

The contractor said it was considering the findings and its next steps.

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