Health and safety

The construction industry has always been a dangerous industry in which to work, characterised by poor health and safety provisions.

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Crane erectors on laing Barbican site



Industrial relations

The construction industry in Britain was generally unorganised

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Barbican workers strike meeting



Role of Irish workers

Irish involvement in the British construction industry has been constant but it developed particularly during the period of the industrial revolution in Britain

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Mcalpine south bank site article



Labour-only subcontracting

The attractions of labour-only subcontracting were obvious from the viewpoint of the major contractors.

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Anti lump protest in Birmingham



New materials and technologies

Among the most significant changes during the post-war decades was the  use of new construction materials and technologies.

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Construction work on Sizewell power station



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