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Yorkshire company fined over £1.8m after two workers injured in fall from height

31 March 2019 Email this article

A Yorkshire-based food manufacturing company, Karro Foods Ltd, has been sentenced after two workers suffered serious injuries when they fell over four metres through a rooflight. Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 13 April 2016, the two workers were investigating a leak from the roof at the Malton site of Karro Foods Ltd, which the workers did not realise contained several rooflights. T ... more

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Repair and maintenance company fined after worker falls from height while repairing leaky roof

31 March 2019 Email this article

A repair and maintenance company has been fined after an employee fell from two metres while working on an unsecured ladder on a roof with no edge protection. Barkingside Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 7 September 2016, a roofer was working with a colleague to repair a leaky roof in Seaton Avenue, Felixstowe when he slipped from his ladder, falling approximately two metres and sus ... more

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Company fined after worker suffers multiple injuries in fall from height

31 March 2019 Email this article

A Lancashire-based construction company, Rivergate Developments Ltd, has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker fell 2.7 metres through an open stairwell. Leeds Magistrates’ court heard how, on 31 May 2017, Nathan Howes, aged 26, was working on the upper floor of a cricket club in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire which was under refurbishment. Mr Howes was removing a ‘genie l ... more

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IPAF to launch new safety campaign at Bauma 2019

3 March 2019 Email this article

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) will officially launch its 2019 global safety campaign at the giant bauma construction equipment showcase near Munich, Germany, 8-14 April 2019. This is an ideal opportunity to engage the European industry and promote safer use of MEWPs. The IPAF stand is confirmed as 711 in C4 hall of the exhibition site and will offer a chance for delegates to ... more

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Quicker CSCS skills cards as applications move online

3 March 2019 Email this article

The process of getting a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card is set to get easier with the launch of a new online service. This comes after complaints that the process of applying for the cards through the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) call centre was too long and laborious a process. Discussing the new online application process, Graham Wren, Chi ... more

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Government sending mixed messages on late payment, says NFB

3 March 2019 Email this article

Last month it was announced that the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) will not be enforcing prompt payment on its £30 billion construction framework. The framework will be used by central government departments and local authorities. Although the CCS has stated that 30-day payment terms would apply on its forthcoming framework, it confirmed there would be no sanctions on those who failed to m ... more

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Low but positive growth for UK construction amid Brexit uncertainty

3 March 2019 Email this article

The CITB’s latest forecast predicts positive growth for the sector despite the uncertainty of Brexit.    The annual Construction Skills Network (CSN) report - a five-year forecast into the industry’s skills needs - anticipates construction growth of 1.3% across the UK, down a third of a percent on the previous year. The forecast is based on the scenario that the UK ... more

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Do you know a roofing hero? NFRC needs your nominations

3 March 2019 Email this article

If you know a roofing contractor who you think is a local hero, now is the time to help them shine. It's time to celebrate all the good things that roofing contractors do, either at work or in their own time. UK Roofing Awards headline sponsor, SIG Roofing, has teamed up with National Federation of Roofing Contractors  (NFRC) to search for the 2019 Local Hero. If you know a Roofin ... more

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New skill card for the asbestos sector launches

3 March 2019 Email this article

The Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM), Asbestos Control and Abatement Division (ACAD) and The National Organisation of Asbestos Consultants (NORAC) have formed a collaboration to bring a new skills certification card, displaying the CSCS logo, to Asbestos professionals. The project brings together organisations representing consultancies, Licenced Contractors and Asbestos p ... more

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Rogue roofers identified as a blight on under-appreciated trade

3 March 2019 Email this article

‘Weeding out’ rogue roofers is the most pressing issue for the roofing sector, accord to new research carried out by Chandlers Roofing Supplies in association with Fix Radio. In the nationwide survey of 499 respondents, almost three quarters (72%) said that work carried out by unscrupulous roofers was the top issue for the trade. A further 73% said they had been called upon to ... more

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