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Construction wages soar in the wake of skills shortages

2 February 2016 Email this article

Construction workers saw their wages rise well above the national average towards the end of last year, according to new figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). According to their research, employees in the sector enjoyed a 6% rise in earnings, compared to an average wage increase of just 2% across the rest of the country. RICS believes one of the factors driving const ... more

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We're recruiting - come and join us...

2 February 2016 Email this article

Facelift is on the march, as we recruit a large number of new members of staff at depots all over the UK. Drivers and operators are needed at all depots, while the Newcastle, Purfleet and Hickstead depots are all on the look-out for technicians. Training instructors are required at the Birmingham and Purfleet depots, while the Southhampton, London and Essex depots are all hoping to recruit new bu ... more

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Winner of Idiot on Ladder picture competition announced

2 February 2016 Email this article

As a light-hearted touch to the Ladder Association’s annual Ladder Exchange, the trade body calls for entries to its photo competition ‘Idiots on Ladders’, in which members of the public are encouraged to send in photos of particularly poor ladder use that they’ve spotted while out and about. While the idiocy demonstrated is always of a very ‘high standard’, th ... more

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Don't miss February's offer from ZT Harness

2 February 2016 Email this article

Show your team you love them this Valentine’s day with this fantastic offer from ZT.  They are offering: 1 x ZT Safety Harness (Standard or Dual) 1 x ZT 2M adjustable lanyard and karabiners 1 x ZT Holdall bag All for £155 + VAT, down from £285 + VAT. For more information on this, and other great offers, call 0844 573 4899 or email sales@ztsafetysystems.com ... more

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Judges announced for IAPAs in Spain

2 February 2016 Email this article

The judging panel has been announced for the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) to be held on 17 March 2016 in Madrid, Spain. Jointly organised by Access International magazine and IPAF, the IAPA awards aim to celebrate best practice and excellence in the powered access industry. The 2016 IAPA judges are: •    Mark Atkinson, Health & Safety m ... more

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Ladder Association gets behind Fake Britain warning

2 February 2016 Email this article

The Ladder Association has strongly endorsed the warnings made about fake ladders broadcast in a recent episode of the BBC’s Fake Britain, which examines the problem of counterfeit products in the UK. The programme – first broadcast on 3 December – showed how even large, reputable wholesalers and suppliers can be duped into believing that the ladders and stepladders they are ... more

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TrustMark use on the up

2 February 2016 Email this article

TrustMark, the Government-endorsed scheme which enables members of the public to find trusted tradespeople, has announced the results of another bumper year for their service. More than 8.1 million search results were provided to homeowners who used TrustMark’s website (www.trustmark.org.uk) and telephone helpline to find local firms and expert tradespeople to carry out their home imp ... more

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FREE Facelift Access Safety Poster 'High Winds'

2 February 2016 Email this article

While, as we know only too well in the UK, you can’t predict the weather, you can take measures to ensure you’re prepared for all eventualities. Nowhere is this more important than in the construction sector, where high wind speeds can render access equipment in particular unsafe. Our poster urges customers to always ensure they’re aware of the maximum wind speeds for the piece ... more

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Firm fined after worker falls from scaffolding

2 February 2016 Email this article

An East Anglian Scaffolding company was fined after a worker suffered severe injuries after he fell five metres from a scaffold. Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard how 39-year-old Mr Hemphill fell from the second lift of a scaffold as it was being dismantled. Before striking the ground, Mr Hemphill collided with the scaffolding twice before finally hitting the ground below. He sustai ... more

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Three companies fined after safety breach

2 February 2016 Email this article

  Three companies have been fined a total of £90,000 after a worker was seriously injured when he fell nearly six metres from a platform with unguarded rails in an incident in March 2013. Southwark Crown Court heard that the accident occurred as two workers accessed the top level of a unit which was to be dismantled as part of construction work at a site in Westferry Road, London. ... more

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