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CITB research highlights

2 July 2018 Email this article

New research from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has shown that recognising and boosting skills transferability needs to be part of the strategy for meeting the construction sector’s skills needs. And the report, ‘Construction and Built Environment: Skills Transferability in the UK’, found there will an even bigger need “to boost skills transferabilit ... more

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IPAF updates its global emergency lowering sticker

2 July 2018 Email this article

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has confirmed it has updated one of its most widely used global safety stickers for use on Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) – launching a redesign of the sticker that is applied to machines to indicate where the auxiliary ground controls are located in case of emergency. Discussing the change, Andrew Delahunt, IPAF’s Techn ... more

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CSCS to withdraw 100,000 Visitor cards

2 July 2018 Email this article

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is taking the next step towards ensuring that all CSCS cardholders achieve a qualification, by withdrawing the Construction Site Visitor card. The card was originally introduced for workers who often did not perform a construction role but visited site on a regular basis. CSCS has consulted with the industry to agree a plan that will pave t ... more

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CITB funding to train nearly 2,500 mental health first aiders for construction by 2020

2 July 2018 Email this article

The CITB has announced it has committed £500,000 to train 156 construction workers as mental health first aid instructors, improving the mental health and wellbeing of the British construction industry. The funding has been awarded to Building Mental Health - an industry initiative including Lendlease, Mace, Multiplex, Morgan Sindall and Laing O’Rourke via CITB’s Flexible ... more

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ARCA now issuing Supervisor CSCS Cards

1 July 2018 Email this article

The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) has announced that it will be making available Asbestos Removal Supervisor CSCS cards under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme. Temporary Red cards and 5-year Asbestos Removal Supervisor Gold cards, are now available from ARCA, both as physical and virtual smartcards. The Asbestos Removal Supervisor (Trained) red card is valid for three years ... more

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RoofCert accreditation available from the National Federation of Roofing Contractors

1 July 2018 Email this article

In a bid to combat unskilled and unexperienced people putting themselves and others in danger while completing roofing work, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors is working in partnership with the CITB to develop an accreditation programme. In a move helped to professionalise the roofing industry, RoofCert accreditation will prove that a contractor has the competency to carry ou ... more

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Boost for Thousands of Workers as Agreement Reached on Industry's Largest Pay Deal

1 July 2018 Email this article

Around 200,000 construction workers across the UK will see their pay packets rise following agreement between employers and unions. The Construction Industry Joint Council Working Rule Agreement is the largest of its kind in the industry. The agreement is negotiated between employers and union representatives from Unite and GMB. As part of the ground-breaking two year pay and conditions settleme ... more

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Road-rail access platform in moonlight flit

1 July 2018 Email this article

A road-rail access platform performed a moonlight flit earlier this month during an attempt to set it onto rails, reports the Construction Index. The magazine details how on Friday 8th June 2018, the road-rail maintenance vehicle ran away towards Bradford Interchange terminal station from the Britannia Street road-rail access point, with operator and machine controller in hot pursuit, shouti ... more

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When you need more height

1 July 2018 Email this article

In another in its ‘death wish’ series, trade magazine Vertikal has shared this photo of two men in London trying to put up a banner with a combination of access equipment. The magazine notes how the workers over-extended a four metre scaffold tower extending the adjustable legs “to the point where they must be close to dropping out”, before adding an equally over-ext ... more

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London Councils set to launch new and improved website for hauliers affected by the London Lorry Control Scheme

1 July 2018 Email this article

London Councils is in the process of launching a new and improved website for hauliers with the need to undertake business in London during the operational hours of the London Lorry Control Scheme. The new website is expected to be operational by December 2018. As part of the site, which it says will be a ‘one-stop shop for all your needs’, London Councils is set to enhance the w ... more

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