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Dorset scaffolding company sentenced after skylight fall

4 February 2019 Email this article

A scaffolding company from Poole in Dorset has been sentenced after a worker sustained serious, life changing injuries having fallen five metres through a skylight whilst at work. Poole Magistrates’ Court heard how on 10 April 2017 49 year-old Paul Norris was working for Solar Scaffold Services Limited to erect scaffolding after Solar Scaffold Services Limited were contracted to erect ... more

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London-based construction company fined after fatal fall

4 February 2019 Email this article

A construction firm based in the nation’s capital has been sentenced after safety breaches that led to a worker being killed. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 4 November 2015, a Formation Construction Limited employee was using a concrete breaker at Tech West House, Warple Way in Acton to make an opening for a stairwell when he fell 7.5 metres, sustaining fatal hea ... more

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Health and Safety Executive urges workers to become #DustBusters

4 February 2019 Email this article

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging workers to show support for its latest health campaign and pledge to become #DustBusters. HSE inspectors are set to visit construction sites across Great Britain to see if businesses have measures in place to protect their workers’ lungs from the likes of asbestos, silica and wood dust. The inspectors will specifically be looking for evidence ... more

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NFB Awards 2019 open for entry

4 February 2019 Email this article

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has launched its eighth annual awards to celebrate the high quality work and commitment delivered by members to improve the built environment. With the aim of reflecting the dynamic nature of the construction industry, the awards provide a unique opportunity for NFB members to showcase their work and seek wider recognition for projects completed bet ... more

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IAPAS 2019 shortlist announced after judges' meeting in Amsterdam

4 February 2019 Email this article

  The shortlist for the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPA) 2019 has been announced, following a meeting of the judges’ panel in Amsterdam, Netherlands. More than 100 entries were received for this year’s prestigious awards. The winners will be announced on the evening of the IPAF Summit 2019 in Dubai, UAE, on Wednesday 6 March – the first time it has been stage ... more

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Combined Action Needed To Tackle Severe Skills Shortages

4 February 2019 Email this article

Nine leading construction bodies have joined together to call for united action between industry and government to address skills pinch-points such as the dearth of supervisors, operatives and quantity surveyors. The organisations – Association for Consultancy & Engineering, Build UK, Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Construction Plant-hire Association, Construction Prod ... more

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Homeowners should plan seven months ahead for home improvement projects, says Federation of Master Builders

4 February 2019 Email this article

Demand for builders means that homeowners must plan up to seven months ahead if they want a successful home improvement project, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Existing research from the FMB revealed that consumers should expect to wait at least four months’ for a quality builder to be available. However, the FMB’s latest research reveals ... more

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Guidance for businesses: EU Settlement Scheme presents challenges for construction workers, suggests trade body

4 February 2019 Email this article

The Home Office has launched the public test phase of the EU settlement scheme, before its full launch on 29 March 2019. EU nationals who have the following can now start to use the EU settlement scheme to secure their residence rights: ·       An email address ·       A current EU passport ·  & ... more

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MEWP simulators should enhance but not replace existing training, says IPAF.

4 February 2019 Email this article

Technologies including virtual reality (VR) and mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) simulators will soon be enhancing operator training, though not likely to replace practical testing in the foreseeable future, according to a comprehensive eXtended Reality (XR) strategy paper published by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). Last year, the trade body led an industry-wide ... more

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Cherry picker capers in Gloucester and Leeds

4 February 2019 Email this article

Cherry pickers in Gloucester and Leeds have been no strangers to adventure in the past few weeks after two models were commandeered, once by criminals and once by the crime-fighters trying to apprehend a thief who had got himself into a tight spot. Gloucester Live reported that earlier this month a group of youths took a cherry picker for an illicit spin around Quedgeley Retail Park, an out-of-to ... more

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