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Service Management Contracts

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The Institution of Civil Engineers is inviting comments on its latest edition to the New Engineering Contract series.

This new document has been developed for those 'who engage a service for a period of time, either continuously or on a task-by-task call off basis'. It is, therefore, intended to be used by those engaging, managing or providing a service, rather than for managing a project - principally for maintenance agreements.

The consultative draft of the new NEC Term Service Contract is available on www. newengineeringcontract. com. The third edition of the NEC Construction Contract should be available by late autumn.

Both John Elders, of Cleveland-based roofing firm Factorycover, and the company itself, were found not guilty of corporate manslaughter by a unanimous verdict at Teeside Crown Court last month. The case concerned an employee, Robert Stanley Dawson, who had fallen through a skylight to his death in May 2000.

Elders and his firm admitted two breaches of health and safety regulations including failing to make a risk assessment and failing to discharge a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees.

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