Will it affect you?
The ‘Abuse of inanimate objects’ act is soon to be implemented.
This will ban the beating of concrete mixers (for cleaning purposes), the striking of shuttering and scaffolding and the shooting of levels. However, levels can still be shot if found to be wildly inaccurate.
As these practices are on general, everyday use on most, if not all building sites it will severely affect the way we work.
As is to be expected with European blanket legislation, guidelines on replacement ways of continuing with the business of erecting viable structures are not yet in place and there seems to be no sign of their publication any time soon.
A spokesman from the office of building practices (everyday things division) was unable to give anything other than unintelligible grunts when interrogated about how to clean out a grubby concrete mixer.
Our advice is to continue as before and be aware of any suspicious looking Brussels-like individuals entering your site. Having a fairly deep hole and a fresh batch of ferro-concrete to hand is strongly suggested although legal requirements ban us from giving out any hints as to how these should be employed in case of need.