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HSE releases Great Britain's annual injury and ill health statistics

1 November 2018 Email this article

Too many workers in Britain’s workplaces are still being injured or made ill by their work, according to new research released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Their figures show that 1.4 million workers were suffering from work-related ill health and around 555,000 from non-fatal injuries in 2017/18. The annual statistics, compiled by HSE from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and ot ... more

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Steel fabricator fined after 19-year-old young construction worker falls from height

1 November 2018 Email this article

A North Devon-based steel fabricator has been sentenced after a young employee fell through a fragile roof whilst at work. In August 2017, a 19-year-old employed by Mark Dayment, trading as Langaton Steel Fabrications, was on his first day of working on a roof replacement project at a petrol filling station in Barnstaple. Whilst assisting another worker, he took a few steps off the walkway ... more

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51 new apprenticeship standards approved

30 September 2018 Email this article

A task force set up in April to shape the future of construction apprenticeships has reached a key milestone, with the approval of 51 new Apprenticeship Standards. The new employer-designed Standards will mean employers of all sizes will be able to access world-class apprenticeship training that meets their skills needs. The Construction Apprenticeships Working Group is formed of representatives ... more

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Industry responds to Migration Advisory Committee report on EEA migration

30 September 2018 Email this article

Industry bodies have responded to the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) final report on migration from the European Economic Area (EEA) in the UK. The National Federation of Builders (NFB) welcomed the report, which highlights the value of migration to SME builders and the construction industry. However, the NFB warned that shortage occupation lists must be responsive and visas f ... more

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State of Trade Survey highlights recruitment difficulties

30 September 2018 Email this article

Results of the second Build UK State of Trade survey for 2018 show that labour availability remains a concern for UK builders. In total, 14% of contractors said that the recruitment of experienced and skilled labour had been more difficult than during the previous three months. And firms reported that labour availability issues are impacting on business performance; 43% of said that labour short ... more

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Become a #DustBuster and show your support for our health campaign

30 September 2018 Email this article

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a new campaign and inspection schedule with the aim of raising awareness of the dangers of dust, and ensuring that sites have the right measures in place to protect workers. Visiting construction sites across Britain, HSE inspectors will be checking that businesses are doing all they can to protect workers’ lungs from asbestos, silica and w ... more

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Aldershot asbestos fly-tipper made to pay more than £1,400 for dumping waste in a park

30 September 2018 Email this article

A woman from Aldershot who dumped demolition waste, including hazardous asbestos, in a park has been fined more than £1,400. Karen Goddard, aged 52, had her patio and garden shed demolished, however, the waste was subsequently found fly-tipped in a recreation ground, a court heard. Goddard accepted that it was her responsibility to ensure that the waste was disposed of properly but said tha ... more

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15,000 Jobs from HS2 By 2020

30 September 2018 Email this article

As the HS2 programme moves towards construction, the number of roles directly supported by the scheme is forecast to reach 15,000. Large numbers of engineers, designers, architects and geologists will be required to support the construction of Britain’s new high speed railway, and as the project gears up it is believed it could support as many as 30,000 jobs in the wider economy. More than ... more

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FMB Research dispels myth of tea drinking builders

30 September 2018 Email this article

Builders spend 2 ½ years driving their van over the course of their working lives and almost one year trying to locate a particular tool, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB asked thousands of builders across the UK how many minutes they spend each day carrying out certain tasks. The figures reveal that over their career, an average builder will sp ... more

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Flashback: The Stunt that went right

30 September 2018 Email this article

Back in 2011, Facelift was tasked with helping out with the lighting and filming for production of Rocky Taylor’s “The Stunt That Went Right" a charity event held at London's Battersea Power Station. The event featured legendary stuntman Rocky Taylor re-enacting a stunt from 1985 that nearly ended his career, when, filming the thriller Death Wish starring Charles Bronso ... more

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