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Construction firm fined after worker falls from height

29 February 2020 Email this article

 A construction firm has been fined after a 17-year-old worker fell more than three metres through an opening for a roof light. Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard that, on 20 August 2018, an employee of Mark Holland Group Ltd fell through a sheet of insulation covering a skylight when walking across an unmarked and unguarded area on the first floor of a construction site in Southgate ... more

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HSE Publishes 2018/19 stats for injury and ill health

29 February 2020 Email this article

The number of injuries and incidents of ill-health in workplaces across Great Britain is still too high, new statistics for 2018/19 show. 1.4 million working people suffering from a work-related illness 2,526 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2017) 147 workers killed at work 581,000 working people sustaining an injury at work according ... more

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for employers and businesses

29 February 2020 Email this article

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE) are leading the UK government response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Help for employers and businesses If you employ people, the guidance for employers and business on GOV.UK will help you and your workers prevent the spread of COVID-19. HSE is working closely with the DHSC, PHE and other gove ... more

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This one takes some beating...

29 February 2020 Email this article

 This story from Vertikal's Death Wish series. The man equipped with a chain saw has been lifted in the log grab and working horizontally trims trees at various heights. In the words of one of our correspondents "Here is one for your death wish series. Work taking place in Germany or might be Austria. I would not know where to begin with describing what is so wrong with this video. The ... more

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Spiders in action...

3 February 2020 Email this article

We’ve had two 26m spiders and operator working on a job in Redhill since the beginning of October for Barratt Homes. Spider platforms are particulaly suited to rough terrain situations, fitted with tracks they offer most flexibility for working conditions. View some of our machines available. Multitel SMX 250 Multitel SMX 300 ... more

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Over 10,000 workers suffered a serious injury because of a slip or trip last year.

1 February 2020 Email this article

Putting the safety of our staff and customers first is at the heart of all we do at Facelift, which is why we created these high-impact retro style safety posters to share with our customers. Our posters include everything from a ‘be safe, be seen!’ message  and advice on how to avoid slips and trips. And posters addressing the quite specific dangers faced by those who regularly ... more

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A practical guide to IR35's ‘off-payroll’ legislation - from Build UK

1 February 2020 Email this article

From 6 April 2020, IR35 legislation is changing for medium and large organisations operating in the private sector. The change is related to who is responsible for determining a worker’s status when they are employed through an intermediary and, if relevant, who has responsibility for operating payroll to account for any tax and National Insurance contributions to HMRC. Build UK ... more

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All IPAF PAL Cards now officially 'SMART'...

1 February 2020 Email this article

All valid Powered Access Licence (PAL) Cards issued by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) to MEWP and MCWP operators in circulation worldwide are now Smart cards, as since January 2015 all cards issued by the global PAL Card processing team at IPAF’s head office in Cumbria, UK, have been Smart-capable. The use of Smart technology was mandated by IPAF from 1 January 2015 to h ... more

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Governments MAC has listened to construction industry, says CITB

1 February 2020 Email this article

 CITB welcomes the recommendations in today’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report:   A Points-Based System and Salary Thresholds for Immigration. Over the last three years CITB has annually researched, and presented to Government, the views of construction employers, recruiters and non-UK born workers on the possible impact of proposed visa restrictions following the U ... more

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The Governments seven key priorities for CITB in 2020

1 February 2020 Email this article

The CITB has an essential role in supporting the success of the construction sector – enabling us to achieve our ambition to build 300,000 homes a year, while also developing our infrastructure. In order to succeed we need a construction industry that is productive and innovative, something that can only be achieved by sustained investment in skills. This letter sets out the Government&rsqu ... more

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