People coming home to work in construction sector in Ireland
Construction sector activity in Ireland is growing strongly, and that growth is showing no sign of abating. This growth has certainly not gone unnoticed by the Irish diaspora. The number of interested applicants, for roles in Ireland, who are currently living abroad has greatly increased, especially in the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2016, with many talented Construction and Engineering professionals now looking to return to our shores. The result of Brexit has seen a number of emigrants beginning to return from the UK. Irish professionals in the Middle East, Canada and Australia are also beginning to show an interest in returning home, but this has been at a slower rate as salaries and benefit packages there tend to surpass current packages in Ireland.
The lack of a standard for the inspection, testing and certification of refurbished scaffold in the industry is of major concern to the National Association of Scaffolders and Access Contractors (NASAC)
With a report of an artic load hitting the workplace in Ireland weekly, contractors are purchasing refurbished scaffolding with no standards in place.
Refurbished scaffolding is sandblasted and resprayed before reintroducing it to the market. With no guidelines on testing, inspection and certification of the quality and integrity of the scaffolding components, the reuse of potential substandard or heavily corroded elements could lead to catastrophic failures and scaffolding collapses which could inevitably lead to the loss of lives.
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Incoming president of CIF Dominic Doheny shares his vision for the construction industry with Irish building magazine, along with a few lessons he has learned along the way.
The Irish Construction Industry continues in recovery mode and there is currently a strong demand for skills across the trades and professions. The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) recently commissioned DKM to produce a report, titled "Demand for Skills in Construction to 2020" the report warns of the skills shortages and the challenges the industry will face.