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Worker falls through unprotected opening

4 January 2020 Email this article

 Construction company, Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd was sentenced for safety breaches after worker, Mark Smith, fell 4.8 metres through an unprotected opening. Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 28 April 2016, Mr Smith, aged 36, was working at Stone Gappe Hall, Lothersdale, Keighley, owned by Richard McAlpine, a director of the McAlpine group of companies. Mr Smith was attaching strap ... more

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Driver falls from trailer - Company fined

4 January 2020 Email this article

 W D Cormack & Sons, a partnership operating a haulage business, has been fined after a driver fell from a trailer to the ground. Perth Sheriff Court heard that on 9 February 2016, the employee was securing a load of grain bags on a curtain-sider trailer, at Thormean Granary, Milnathort, when he fell 2.88 metres from the trailer to the ground. He sustained severe injuries as a result o ... more

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Staying on top of window maintenance

4 December 2019 Email this article

One of our Bronto 52 XDTJ's carrying out window repairs in Brighton. Ben Cross - Facelift Sales Manager - described the task "... at that particular elevation, the building catches the prevailing wind and is therefore subject to some pretty fierce weather. At this time of year - it becomes very apparent when glazing is in need of maintenance - and always better to catch things early be ... more

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A sector hanging in the air

2 December 2019 Email this article

Since the start of 2018 the construction industry has been rocked by problems at main contractors. Last year's index found specialist contractors holding up well amid the turmoil, finance editor of Construction News David Price reveals how they have fared 12 months on. As a snapshot of the period from the start of 2018 to roughly April this year, the 2019 Specialists Index looks positive. The me ... more

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Next government must reverse decline in construction skills

2 December 2019 Email this article

 Investment and policy reform are urgently required in order to remove barriers to builders to train more apprentices, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), in response to the Conservative Party manifesto launched yesterday. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The construction industry must not face a 'cliff edge' when it comes to skilled migrant l ... more

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Cut the VAT on maintenance and improvement works to people's homes...

2 December 2019 Email this article

 VAT cut on home improvements could generate £15bn in new taxes, create 95,000 jobs and unlock £1bn green revolution. A coalition of business groups and organisations from across the property and construction sectors have joined forces to urge the next UK government to cut VAT on maintenance and improvement works to people’s homes. Reducing VAT from 20% to 5% on home impro ... more

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Facelift flashback - Christmas lights, camera, action: Facelift featured in Ridley Scott Associates' film

2 December 2019 Email this article

We’re always ready for our close up here at Facelift, so we were delighted to be asked if we would like to feature in Sainsbury’s new Christmas advert – ‘Christmas in a Day’ – which was created by eminent director Ridley Scott’s film company Ridley Scott Associates (RSA). Stop-frame footage filmed by us of our team assembling the lights on the Christmas ... more

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Shortlisted for Construction news awards 2020

2 December 2019 Email this article

AFI Uplift has been selected as a finalist in the Access & Scaffolding Specialist of the Year category of the 2020 Construction News Specialists Awards, the only national awards that recognises the best specialist contractors from across the UK. AFI will now attend face-to-face judging by our panel of more than 60 judges, made up from the UK’s largest construction firms and the ... more

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Xmas training - Win £100 voucher

2 December 2019 Email this article

Book any Facelift Training course between the 1st and 22nd December to be put into a prize draw to win a £100 Love to shop voucher just in time for Christmas.  Find a course that suits you - https://www.facelift.co.uk/training/ ... more

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Trainees shine at the 2019 SkillBuild final

2 December 2019 Email this article

Nearly 80 construction trainees were in the spotlight last week for the Construction Industry Training Board’s 2019 SkillBuild final, held at the NEC in Birmingham. SkillBuild, the largest multi-trade competition in the UK, showcases the talent of construction trainees and forms a part of WorldSkills UK LIVE  This year’s three-day event attracted roughly 70,000 people from ... more

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