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Construction site safety continues to improve

28 November 2015 Email this article

  Figures from the HSE show that the construction industry’s safety record has improved dramatically over the past year. A recent report from the body shows that the number of fatalities in the building sector has fallen from 44 in 2013/14 to 35 between 2014 and 2015.  This latest figure is 20% below the five-year average recorded since 2010 and a drop of more than half on th ... more

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Skyjack president Brad Boehler to speak at the IPAF Summit in Madrid

28 November 2015 Email this article

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has announced that access and safety experts from Australia, Canada, Spain and the UK will speak at next year’s IPAF Summit. The event, which will be held on the 17 March 2016 in Madrid, Spain will be followed by the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) dinner and awards ceremony. Confirmed speakers for the IPAF Summit include: ... more

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Prison plans will boost construction jobs

28 November 2015 Email this article

Nine new prisons are to be built across England and Wales as part of a £3 billion project that is expected to lead to a host of new jobs in construction. Estimates suggest that each of the new institutions could cost from £270 million to £320 million, meaning the total bill for the work could come in at £3 billion. Yet the reforms could eventually save the Treasury as much ... more

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RIBA names Lord Rothschild 'wedge' House of the Year

28 November 2015 Email this article

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named a wedge-shaped 6,200 sq. ft. house in Buckinghamshire as its House of the Year. Commissioned by Lord Rothschild for use by his family, Flint House rises out of the ground with step-style roofing that disappears into the sky. The house, designed by architects Skene Catling De La Pena, sits in the grounds of Rothchild’s estate at Wadd ... more

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Construction site manager fined for safety failings

28 November 2015 Email this article

  A construction site manager was fined for safety failings after a worker was injured while working at height while working on a house build site in Radlett, Hertfordshire. Edwin Heaney was found to have not taken reasonable care of colleagues while operating a construction site vehicle on a house build site. St Albans Magistrates Court heard that Mr Heaney was using an excavator t ... more

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Roofer killed in fall from height

28 November 2015 Email this article

A scaffolder from Castleford has been prosecuted after a worker fell to his death from a roof. Walter Booth (trading as WB Roofing) was carrying out repairs to the roof of a church in Pontefract in September 2012. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the scaffolding edge protection provided by Mr Wayne Morgan (trading as Barnsdale Scaffolding) failed to follow the profile ... more

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Company fined after failure to act on asbestos risks

28 November 2015 Email this article

An engineering firm from County Durham has been fined after asbestos was discovered at their factory and it was found that they had failed to document or manage the risks to employees or visitors to the site. Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard how Blue Diamond Engineering Limited was notified of the presence of asbestos materials during a survey carried out at the company’s factory ... more

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Facelift Brings Christmas to University of Sussex

27 November 2015 Email this article

Facelift add the lights and finishing touches to the Christmas tree at the University of Sussex, ready for Friday 4 December, when all students, staff and alumni are invited to join the Students' Union as they turn on the Sussex Christmas tree lights on. There will be complimentary mince pies and mulled wine, along with Christmas songs and carols with the Sussex Choir and the Sussex Musical Theat ... more

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Substandard scaffold led to church roof death

27 November 2015 Email this article

A Castleford scaffolder has been ordered to do community service after a worker fell to his death from a church roof. Walter Booth (trading as WB Roofing) fell to his death while carrying out repairs to the roof of Micklegate Methodist Church in Pontefract on 10th January 2015. A Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the scaffolding edge protection provided by Wayne Morgan (tra ... more

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Fine for excavator misuse

27 November 2015 Email this article

Time and again construction workers seek to work at height using machinery not designed for lifting people and time and again they get into trouble. St Albans Magistrates’ Court heard this week how site manager Edwin Heaney raised up a colleague in an excavator bucket on a house-building site on Loom Lane, Radlett, Hertfordshire. The colleague just needed to cut a protruding piece of steel ... more

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