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Farming company fined after worker falls from ladder

2 April 2018 Email this article

A farming company has been fined after a worker fell from a ladder sustaining significant injuries including a broken arm, shoulder and fractured elbow. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 28 January 2016, the employee of Edge Farming Company was cleaning the gutters on a farm building when the ladder he was working on slipped down the face of the building causing him to fa ... more

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Think you know safety harnesses? Think again

1 March 2018 Email this article

  Safety harnesses: They’re a must have, but in the event of a fall they too can pose dangers. Falling while wearing a traditional harness can cause whiplash, spinal issues or hip dislocation, while the straps themselves can potentially cut off the femoral artery, reducing blood flow to the legs. Depending on how you fall, it is also possible for blood to pool in the legs, leading ... more

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Seven jailed following investigation into 'forgery factory'

1 March 2018 Email this article

Seven men have been jailed for a combined total of 16 years after the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) assisted an investigation into the production and supply of fake identity documents, including CSCS cards. Steven Kanaventi, 39, Paul Kanaventi, 37, Victor Ayrio, 53, Alfred Adekoya, 47, Abul Azeeza, 57, Madalitso Majawa, 33, and Luke Nkanta, 29, were all found guilty of various fraud ... more

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Your chance to go behind the scenes of Britain's best buildings

1 March 2018 Email this article

If you know someone who wants to find out more about a career in construction, this year’s Open Doors event is the perfect opportunity to get a taste of what life in the industry is like. Taking place from 19th - 24th March 2018, Open Doors 2018 will see the industry open up live construction sites to the public, allowing them to go behind the scenes and showcasing the huge variety ... more

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Get ready for Gender Pay Reporting

1 March 2018 Email this article

There’s less than a month to prepare for the Gender Pay Reporting legislation which will come into full effect from 4 April 2018. Requiring large companies with more than 250 employees across all industries to publish their gender pay gap annually, the legislation aims to increase pay transparency by reporting the overall difference in hourly pay between men and women and also look at ... more

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Consumer fears over cowboy builders cost UK economy £10bn

1 March 2018 Email this article

The UK economy is missing out on £10 billion each year because home owners are so fearful of hiring a cowboy builder, they simply don’t commission building work, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The report also found that one third (32%) of home owners are put off doing major home improvement works requiring a builder because they fear hiring a dod ... more

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It's time to ensure action on retentions, say trade federations

1 March 2018 Email this article

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) and other trade federations with members most likely to be affected by the collapse of Carillion are continuing to push for action on retentions. Retentions have been used in the sector for more than 100 years and were introduced to provide security against defective work or the insolvency of construction firms. They work by the employing party in ... more

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Facelift Flashback: The best cherrypicker in the world

1 March 2018 Email this article

This time last year, one of our cherrypickers was receiving an awful lot of attention on social media and the general consensus was that it was a very impressive machine. A time-lapsed video of the Bronto S50XDT-J being used to help the Facelift team access to every part of the Grade II listed St. Hugh's Charterhouse Monastery in Parkminster in order to complete essential maintenance work p ... more

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Company fined after worker falls through fragile roof

1 March 2018 Email this article

A construction firm based in Warrington has been prosecuted after a worker was seriously injured when he fell through the fragile roof of a farm building that was due to be demolished. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how in February 2016 an inexperienced labourer working for Fine Dimensions Limited was asked to assist in minor roof work. He stood on a fragile skylight panel and fell t ... more

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Fines for businesses after failing to prevent exposure to asbestos.

1 March 2018 Email this article

  A manufacturing company and contractor have been prosecuted after failing to prevent exposure of workers and others to asbestos whilst cleaning an asbestos cement roof. Carter Brothers (Rochdale) Ltd contracted Frank Allan, trading as ‘Jet Blast and Maintenance,’ to clean its premises including the asbestos cement roof in September 2016. An HSE investigation found that the ... more

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