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This Week in Construction (and Other) News | 18 October 2020

  • Mental health in the construction industry must be improved, says UK observer.

  • Vietnam cancels 2020 Formula 1 Grand Prix.

  • Pink dolphins return to Hong Kong waters during pandemic.

Mental Health Must be a Priority in Construction

The UK's Office for National Statistics has calculated that one construction worker takes their own life every day, leading industry observers to call for mental health to be made a priority. The data, combined with a report from the Associations of Building Engineering Services and Electrical Contractors, found that mental health issues aren't particular to any particular level of seniority either.

The biggest cause of mental health issues in construction, with over 90% of mental health cases among senior-level professionals, was found to be late payments. Julie Lock of Mitre Finch reports in PBC today that over 400,000 days of work were lost during 2017-18 due to mental health issues.

Ms Lock's report follows calls by the UK's Small Business Commissioner this week to toughen up the Prompt Payment Code.

Covid-19 forces Vietnam to cancel F1 Grand Prix

Yet another major 2020 event hit the buffers this week, as Vietnam admitted defeat in hosting the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Hanoi. The event had initially been planned for April, though was postponed due to Covid-19.

Unfortunately, however, organisers have been left with no choice but to cancel this year's event.

"This has been an extremely difficult but necessary decision to reach in view of the continued uncertainty caused by the global coronavirus pandemic," Vietnam Grand Prix Corp.

The group has said it will refund all tickets sold.

A story run by Channel News Asia.

Pink Dolphins return to no-longer-busy Hong Kong waters

Some good news to come out of 2020 to finish this week's roundup, as pink dolphins - rarely seen in the busy waters between Hong Kong and Macau - have begun to return.

With ferry and commercial traffic in the waters having reduced significantly, and construction on the road-bridge connecting Hong, Macau and Zhuhai being completed, nature has been given an opportunity, and the pink dolphins have taken it. However, wildlife groups will be closely watching the impact of Hong Kong International Airport's third runway project, which is built on reclaimed land in the area.

"According to the WWF, there are only an estimated 2,000 pink dolphins left in the Pearl River Delta -- the minimum number that conservationists believe are needed to sustain the species'." Bangkok Post

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