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More flexible approach to immigration required post-Brexit, says NFB

2 June 2019 Email this article

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has welcomed the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid asking the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to scrap plans to impose a £30,000 salary threshold on EU citizens coming into the UK after Brexit. Javid has instead asked the MAC to consider allowing companies to pay the “going rate” for foreign workers, whilst also taking into consideration ... more

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UK roofing awards winners revealed

2 June 2019 Email this article

The winners of the UK Roofing Awards 2019, hosted by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), were announced at a ceremony hosted by TV host Sarah Beeny in London last month. Celebrating the crème de la crème of all the roofing disciplines, the awards recognise outstanding workmanship, problem solving, environmental qualities and contribution to the built environ ... more

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Cut VAT on home improvements in order to boost economy, says FMB

2 June 2019 Email this article

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is calling for the Government to cut the VAT on home improvement work in order to stimulate demand and boost the economy. While there has been a rise in output over the first quarter of the year, construction output decreased month-on-month by 1.9% and the repair and maintenance series fell to its lowest level since December 2018, experiencing a fall of 3 ... more

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Facelift flashback: Facelift photography makes it into Trafalgar Square Café

2 June 2019 Email this article

Back in May 2013, we were enjoying the result of yet another up close and personal encounter with Nelson’s Column, as photography taken during one of our jobs in Trafalgar Square was installed in the café of the Government Office for London. Facelift regularly assists in inspection and maintenance on Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square and in 2013 Mark Mercer also went along t ... more

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Construction company and director fined for unsafe removal of asbestos

2 June 2019 Email this article

A construction company and its director have been fined after failing to ensure the safe removal of asbestos during demolition work. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how Sherwood Homes Limited was the client responsible for the demolition of Crowton Mill in Northwich. Peter Kiely was a director of the company when the results of an asbestos survey conducted in January 2017 were ... more

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St Albans City Football and Athletic Club Limited fined after fatal fall through fragile roof

2 June 2019 Email this article

St Albans City Football and Athletic Club was fined after the death of a volunteer who fell through a fragile roof. Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 18 July 2017, the 71-year-old St Albans City Football and Athletic Club Limited volunteer suffered fatal injuries after he fell through fragile roof sheeting onto terrace steps below. The HSE’s investigation found that St ... more

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Farmer fined after worker suffers fatal fall through roof of milking shed

2 June 2019 Email this article

A farmer has been fined following a worker’s fatal fall through the fragile roof of a milking shed on the farm. Mold Magistrates’ Court heard how on 19 July 2018 self-employed contractor David Alan Rees was fatally injured whilst he was clearing out the valley gutter from a ladder at Knolton Farm, Overton, Wrexham. The HSE’s investigation found that farmer Robert Latham failed ... more

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Construction industry hopes to boost efficiency with new Pre-Qualification System

30 April 2019 Email this article

Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) have announced the launch of the first phase of a new pre-qualification (PQ) system designed to reduce inefficiencies that they claim are costing the construction industry up to £1 billion a year. The two trade bodies suggest that the existing PQ system is “complex and repetitive and a major barrier to improved produ ... more

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50% off IPAF MEWPs for Managers Course

30 April 2019 Email this article

 IPAF MEWPs for Managers is an essential one day training programme, that would benefit anyone who is the manager or supervisor of people that work with cherry pickers. The course covers the responsibilities and knowledge they require to deal with the constantly changing demands, relating to working at height on site and the use of MEWPs. Facelift will be offering a 50% discount on ... more

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Employers and workers agree 2.75% pay rise for construction workers

30 April 2019 Email this article

A 2.75% pay rise for construction workers has been agreed for the year ahead following successful pay negotiations between the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and Unite. The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed a one-year deal involving a 2.75% pay rise to come into effect in June 2019. This follows the successful conclusion of pay negotiations between th ... more

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