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The concrete industry is anticipating a major increase in the use of self-compacting concrete following the adoption of the European Commission Vibrations Directive. Under the directive, which aims to protect workers from hand-arm vibration syndrome, the average level at which employers will have to measure workers' exposure is set at 0.5m/s 2. All employers will have to provide risk assessments for anyone operating plant and monitor vibrations experienced by other site workers.

Time for Timber, a conference presenting successful new uses of timber in buildings, is to be held in the Downland Gridshell at the Weald & Downland Museum near Chichester on 27 June.

Delegates booking one place can reserve another at half price. Contact Alison Kelly, tel: 01225 320680 or email alison. kelly@ burohappold. com

Government cycling supremo Steven Norris has warned councils which fail to fulfill pledges on cycling provision that funding for projects withheld if they were not delivered on time.

An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale hit the northern Californian town of Gilroy, south of San Francisco on Monday night. There were no reports of serious damage or injuries.

Shares in contractor Jarvis tumbled 14% on Monday, in the aftermath of the Potters Bar crash. More than £70M was wiped off stockmarket value.

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