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Construction card fraudster jailed following CITB investigation

1 December 2016 Email this article

A Luton man has been jailed for 18 months and recommended for deportation for illegally working in the UK and falsely obtaining construction skills certification cards, following a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) investigation. 34-year-old Indian national, Manjit Multani, paid someone to sit the health and safety tests required to obtain the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (C ... more

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Facelift helps to decorate the UK's tallest Christmas

1 December 2016 Email this article

Normally reaching the top of the Christmas tree just means grabbing a ladder or balancing on a dining room chair. Not so with the giant Christmas tree gracing Wakehurst Place in West Sussex this year. Standing at an impressive 118ft tall, the National Trust property’s redwood is the UK’s largest Christmas tree, so who better to call in to assist with the tricky job of reaching the top ... more

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Merry Christmas from Facelift, with £20 off any course booked for December

1 December 2016 Email this article

Working at ho-ho-height in 2017 can be even safer in 2017 if you take advantage of this great festive offer from Facelift. Book any IPAF, Ladder or PASMA training course to take place in December 2016 and get £20 off by quoting FACEXMAS16 when booking.  To book, call our training team on 0800 072 55 72 ... more

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Considerate Constructors Scheme and National Federation of Builders announce partnership

1 December 2016 Email this article

The Considerate Constructors and the National Federation of Builders (NFB) have formed a partnership to promote best practice and raise standards across construction industry SMEs. The partnership will provide NFB members, with a turnover banding of £500,000 to £3.5 million, free Company Registration with the Considerate Constructors Scheme. It will come in to effect from 1 Januar ... more

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New Design guide to help solar panels shine wherever they are

1 December 2016 Email this article

A new guide and summary leaflet on solar design, published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and BRE National Solar Centre shows how solar panels on buildings can look good whatever the structure or surrounding landscape. Among the various design principles, CPRE advocates the use of panels that match the size and shape of existing roof tiles. Other suggestions include install ... more

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55 Million litres of leftover paint

1 December 2016 Email this article

  MPs lent their ears to the arguments behind the British Coatings Federation’s (BCF) PaintCare programme last month, with a lively debate in parliament about how to create a circular economy for leftover decorative paint in the UK. The debate looked at what is needed to stimulate a market for remanufactured paint, including changing the specification for use of remanufactured paint i ... more

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Welsh artist gains cherry picker licence in order to complete giant mural

1 December 2016 Email this article

A huge winter mural depicting the journey people take to find “warmth, love and compassion” during the winter has gone up on display at the Wales Millennium Centre. And standing at eight metres wide and five metres tall the painting is so enormous that illustrator Florence Jackson had to get a cherry picker licence in order to complete the painting. Speaking to Wales Online ... more

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International Engineering Company in Court over workers death

1 December 2016 Email this article

An international engineering company has been sentenced following the death of a worker who fell 30 feet from an electricity pylon. Vincent John Richards, 49, from Walsall was installing fall arrest lines for painters to use on the pylon at Great Orton, Carlisle in July 2015 when the incident happened. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and prosecuted Bilfinger I ... more

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Worker dies when temporary platform collapses

1 December 2016 Email this article

A worker died and two others were badly injured at a construction site in Putney, when a temporary platform collapsed. Southwark Crown Court heard how, in October 2012, a carpenter and a steel-fixer had been standing on a temporary wooden platform above a stairwell opening on the 9th floor of a construction site when the platform suddenly gave way beneath them. They fell around sixteen metres ... more

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Window fitter in court after worker suffered fatal head injuries

1 December 2016 Email this article

A Southampton window installation company has been fined after a worker suffered fatal head injuries following a fall from a ladder. Brighton Magistrates Court heard how Mark Taylor, 48, a window fitter from Southampton, was helping in the installation of UPVC windows at a 3 storey house in Brighton on the 10 September 2014. He was working from an unsecured ladder when it slipped sideways and ... more

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