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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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New construction minister must make 'purging the sector of rogue firms' his mission, says FMB

30 April 2019 Email this article

The new Construction Minister, Andrew Stephenson MP, should make it his mission to raise quality and standards in the construction industry through mandatory licensing, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The time is right to look at a meaningful way in which we can purge the sector of rogue firms and unprofessional outfits o ... more

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Entries open for Lifting Technician and Plant Operative Apprenticeship Awards

30 April 2019 Email this article

Entries are now open for the seventh Construction Plant Association (CPA) Stars of the Future awards, which recognise and reward some of the industry’s brightest and most promising talent. Traditionally, Stars of the Future has rewarded plant mechanic apprentices but for 2019, the scope of the event has been widened to include two new awards categories - construction plant operative and ... more

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CSCS to withdraw postal applications

30 April 2019 Email this article

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has announced plans to withdraw postal applications. CSCS currently provide a postal application service that is used by construction workers to apply for their CSCS cards. However, the body has now taken steps to remove this “largely paper-based and inefficient service”. Gordon Jenkins, Director of Operations at CSCS said: &ldq ... more

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Late-paying construction companies suspended from Prompt Payment Code

30 April 2019 Email this article

A number of companies, including construction giants such as Balfour Beatty, Costain, and Laing O’Rourke, have had their membership of the Prompt Payment Code suspended due to consistently paying their suppliers late. Many of the UK’s biggest construction companies were among the thousands of organisations that signed up to the Prompt Payment Code, administered by the Chartered In ... more

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Asbestos still putting lives at risk 20 years since ban, says IOSH

30 April 2019 Email this article

Despite 20 years passing since it was banned, lives are still being put at risk by companies failing to manage exposure to asbestos, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Although it was banned in 1999, the deadly substance is still present in at least half a million buildings built before this time. It is commonly found in roofing, spray coatings, lagging, insu ... more

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Facelift flashback: Facelift team go nuts for Home start CHAMS

30 April 2019 Email this article

Back in spring 2013, the Facelift team were just beginning training to take part in the NUTS Challenge – a muddy assault course – in order to raise money for Home Start Crawley, Horsham and Mid-Sussex (CHAMS). Supporting families where there are issues such as isolation, neglect, financial hardship, illness, disability, bereavement or multiple births, Home Start supports parents in en ... more

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Unusual (and dangerous) access technique spotted in Sussex

30 April 2019 Email this article

Vertikal magazine reports on an unusual (and highly dangerous) access technique spotted in Worthing, Sussex earlier this month, after two men were spotted working on ladders from the roof of their van. Publishing photos of the offending configuration, the magazine reports: ‘The photo clearly shows them using their van to boost the reach of their ladders, one of which appears to be almost lo ... more

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Building Contractor fined following illegal asbestos work

30 April 2019 Email this article

An Oldham building contractor has been fined following the uncontrolled removal of asbestos during a garage conversion. Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court heard how in December 2017 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was notified by a member of the public of fibrous board outside the property in Chadderton, Oldham which looked like asbestos insulation board.  Mr Mohammad Arshad ... more

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Construction company fined after two workers injured in fall from height

30 April 2019 Email this article

A construction company has been fined after two workers were injured after falling through a ceiling at a site in Watford. Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 6 December 2017, four bricklayers were working on a new build of three terraced houses, when they gained unrestricted access to a timber joisted floor. The floor collapsed. Two of the four workers managed to jump off during the c ... more

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