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Government launch new measures to help smaller businesses win government contracts

29 April 2018 Email this article

The government has announced proposals to help smaller businesses bid to win government contracts. Suppliers will have to advertise subcontracting opportunities via the Contracts Finder website, and provide government with data showing how businesses in their supply chain are benefitting from supplying to central government. Proposals also include excluding suppliers from major government ... more

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Material prices continue to rocket as builders wait more than a year for bricks

29 April 2018 Email this article

More than half of small building firms say that rising material prices are squeezing their margins and the same percentage have had to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Small and medium-sized (SME) building firms were asked which materials are in shortest supply and have the longest wait times and found that fir ... more

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IOSH survey finds that more education is needed on asbestos exposure risks

29 April 2018 Email this article

The Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) has released the results of a survey which suggests that more education is needed on asbestos exposure risks. Their research has found that one-in-four UK construction workers believe they may have been exposed to asbestos fibres, placing them at higher risk of contracting terminal cancers later in life. And with potentially half a milli ... more

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Book an IPAF operator course with Facelift and save!

29 April 2018 Email this article

Now is the time to boost the skills of your workforce and help promote safety by booking your employees on an IPAF Operator course with Facelift. Until the end of May, we are offering a special discount that makes it the more the merrier when it comes to training. -       Book 2 people in and get £10 off each person -       Book ... more

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Trade bodies taking retentions bill fight to parliament in rally

29 April 2018 Email this article

Private members Bill to overhaul the hated cash retentions system has been pushed back seven weeks.  “The industry loses around £1m for each working day, mostly from SMEs. There have been proposals to stop the abuse of retentions before, but this time there is the largest coalition on fair payments ever.” Peter Aldous 76 trade bodies turned out in force to support ... more

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Another entry into Vertikal's death wish series

29 April 2018 Email this article

Trade magazine Vertikal has added another dishonourable entry to its Death Wish series. One of their readers sent in this story after they spotted a man in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, pressure washing moss from a steep roof with questionable fall protection. Their reader said:  “I Came across this joker working in Pontefract West Yorkshire yesterday Jet washing a roof, no fall protecti ... more

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Principal contractor fined after worker suffers brain injury in fall from height

29 April 2018 Email this article

  The principal contractor involved in the construction of a dormer extension was last month sentenced for safety breaches after a self-employed worker suffered life threatening injuries. Leeds Crown Court heard how, in 2015, the operative was working on the roof at the side of the dormer when he fell approximately eight metres on to a paved floor. Adverse weather meant there was a need ... more

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Facelift flashback: Banksy's Kissing Coppers resurface in Brighton

29 April 2018 Email this article

  This time four years ago, Facelift was helping to liven up the landcape in Bristol by providing the necessary vantage point for a reproduction of famous Bristolian graffiti artist Banksy’s ‘Kissing Coppers’ on the front of the derelict Astoria cinema. Created just a few days after same sex marriage was legalised in the UK, many people wondered if the reproduction was mea ... more

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Company fined after worker falls through roof

29 April 2018 Email this article

  A company and the boss of a firm it subcontracted to carry out work have been fined after a worker fell through a fragile roof. Brighton Crown Court heard how a farmer had contacted Southern Solar Ltd to fit 100 solar panels. The company subcontracted the fitting of the panels to a rope access company, Sky High Rope Access Ltd, run by Sonya French. During the installation, two operatives ... more

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Asbestos removal company and managers sentenced after forging documents

29 April 2018 Email this article

An asbestos removal company, and two of its managers, have today been prosecuted after forging documents in order to obtain an asbestos licence from HSE. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, between 16 March 2012 and 10 March 2016, Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd used both forged medical certificates and forged asbestos training certificates for their asbestos removal op ... more

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