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Facelift called in to help install new project by world-famous artist in Liverpool

1 November 2018 Email this article

The team from our Liverpool depot played their part in the success of the city’s Biennial last month when they were called in to put up a giant sculpture by the artist Ugo Rondinone. Situated on Liverpool’s Albert Dock, the 10 metre tall artwork is called Liverpool Mountain and is the artist’s first major work in the UK. The project – which is made up of a number of colou ... more

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Tower Safety Week 2018

1 November 2018 Email this article

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association (PASMA) will shortly launch its annual campaign promoting tower safety. Throughout Tower Safety Week (11th-18th November), PASMA and other related organisations will be campaigning for the safe use of mobile access towers via a series of events, safety-led initiatives and educational resources covering everything from safety a ... more

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We need people to be “100% qualified, not 100% carded”, says CSCS chief

1 November 2018 Email this article

The importance of actually being well qualified was emphasised by CSCS’ chief executive at the Build UK Member Skills Briefing on 17 October. His message was that people should be “100% qualified, not 100% carded” as he outlined a number of changes to the card scheme that will lead to the upskilling of the workforce and improved standards on site. These changes were made follow ... more

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Be aware of modern slavery, businesses told...

1 November 2018 Email this article

On Anti-Slavery Day (18th October), the Home Office announced that it is to write to the chief executives of 17,000 businesses, telling them to open up about modern slavery in their supply chains or risk being names as being in breach of the law. In the UK businesses with a turnover of more than £36 million must publish annual transparency statements, setting out what they are doing to ... more

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Half of builders fall victim to tool theft

1 November 2018 Email this article

Tool theft is plaguing the construction industry with more than half of builders (51%) in the UK having had their tools stolen, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Of those builders that have been victim to van tool theft: ·       46% had their side panel or door broken/pierced and prised open ·  &nbs ... more

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Construction apprentices earn more than university graduates, says research

1 November 2018 Email this article

Young people in the construction sector will go on to earn "thousands" more each year after apprenticeships while university graduates' salaries lag behind, according to industry research. The average bricklayer or roofer is earning £42,000 a year across the UK while former students typically earn £32,000 annually, according to a study by the FMB. The FMB research ... more

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HSE carries out site inspections throughout October

1 November 2018 Email this article

During last month, the HSE carried out around 1,000 construction site inspections, focusing on health issues and particularly asbestos and dust. The HSE estimates that there are around 8,000 work-related cancer deaths a year. The construction industry accounts for around 3,500 of these, with asbestos and silica the major causes. During the inspections, the HSE worked with site leaders to ... more

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Rescues at height made clearer thanks to new 'Rescue of Persons from MEWPs' safety plan.

1 November 2018 Email this article

A new concise safety document entitled ‘Rescue of Persons from MEWPs’ is now freely available. Published by the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG), the 10-page publication provides guidance to put plans in place to rescue powered access users if they ever become stranded at height. Discussing the guide, Kevin Minton, Chief Executive of the CPA, said: “We anticipate that ... more

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Have your say on training in plant hire

1 November 2018 Email this article

Members of the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) are invited to become involved in the CPA’s Training on Plant in Construction (TOPIC) Interest Group. It is hoping to hear from CPA members who are involved in training in the construction plant sector and would like to make their voices heard on issues such as the changing landscape of training, qualifications and card schemes. ... more

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Bridge repair costs have more than doubled because pigeon poo disguised rust

1 November 2018 Email this article

Council officials struck a deal for the work on Conwy Road Bridge in 2016. However, the costs shot up by £844,000 to £1.53m after an inspection revealed rust on the structure was hidden by the birds' droppings. Conwy council chief executive Iwan Davies said it was not possible to identify the extent of the works but a councillor said it was "disappointing". Gele wa ... more

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