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Construction and energy minister Brian Wilson has decided safety should be included in the work of the industry Strategic Forum rather than under a separate body. A conference to review progress since February's industry-wide safety summit is to be organised in October by the Health & Safety Executive.

Engineers at British Nuclear Fuels' (BNFL) Chapelcross reactor in Dumfries & Galloway are trying to recover 24 spent nuclear fuel rods accidentally dropped in the plant last Thursday. The rods were being lowered down a 20m shaft into a transfer vessel en route to the reactor's storage pond but dropped 800mm onto the shaft's steel doors. The plant and a 'sister' reactor at Calder Hall, Cumbria, have been shut down until the cause of the accident has been identified and a recovery method developed. A Health & Safety Executive spokesman said the accident had not posed any radiological risk.

Profits at Weeks Group plc are up 84% to £17.3M and not 13% as reported last week.

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