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Manufacturer fined after workers exposed to asbestos

2 September 2018 Email this article

A machining manufacturer has been fined after workers were exposed to asbestos fibres whilst demolishing an internal wall. Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard how the workers were asked to remove the internal wall by their manager. There was no asbestos survey or an up to date asbestos management plan for the premises. An HSE investigation found that asbestos insulation sheets were rem ... more

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North Yorkshire company fined after contractor falls from height

2 September 2018 Email this article

A North Yorkshire-based company specialising in the installation of biomass heating systems and photovoltaic solar systems was sentenced this month after a worker suffered serious injury following a fall from height. Beverley Magistrates court heard how, on 27 March 2015, an operative was installing a flue system for a biomass heating system at a farm in North Yorkshire. He had attempted to work ... more

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Cheese company fined after employee fell through fragile roof

2 September 2018 Email this article

A cheese company based in Orkney has been fined £8,000 after an employee was seriously injured when he fell through a fragile roof. Kirkwall Sheriff Court heard how, on 30 October 2017, an employee of Orkney Cheese Company Limited was asked by the general manager to retrieve a dead mouse from an unfloored loft area. After doing this by crawling along ceiling battens, he then placed his fo ... more

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Five minutes with...Ray Schofield, Depot Manager, Newcastle

27 July 2018 Email this article

So, Ray, how long have you been with Facelift and what is your role? I have only been with Facelift for a month as depot manager at Newcastle covering the North East area, up into Scotland and across to Carlisle. As well as overseeing the safe and efficient running of the branch, I will be looking to promote new business in the area as well as maintain the great relationships we have with our cur ... more

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Health and Safety Executive issues safety alert

27 July 2018 Email this article

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a safety alert to the construction industry, scaffolding companies and scaffolding suppliers, urging immediate measures to prevent unauthorised access onto scaffolding and other work platforms to be taken – something that is especially important over the school summer holidays. The HSE recommends that relevant businesses carry out a full sit ... more

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CSCS announce price rise for cards

27 July 2018 Email this article

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) will be increasing the cost of a card to £36 (inclusive of VAT) with effect from 1 September 2018. This increase applies to all cards administered directly by CSCS. Discussing the price rise, Graham Wren, CSCS Chief Executive said: “We have managed to maintain the current card price for the last eight years however inflationary press ... more

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CITB research: industry must respond to Brexit skills challenge

27 July 2018 Email this article

Exclusive research from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) shows that one in three firms are already feeling the impact of Brexit. This creates an urgent need for industry and government to collaborate on Brexit-related skills challenges, says the skills council CITB’s new Green Paper - Migration in the UK Construction and Built Environment Sector - found that while a growing ... more

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Report backs further moves towards offsite construction

27 July 2018 Email this article

A report published by the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee has backed greater use of offsite construction (OSM), declaring that the UK construction sector’s business models are “no longer appropriate”. The Building for Change report challenges the Government to set out what conditions it will attach to the extra financial support for housing to drive the up ... more

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Free Access Guide - Download your copy now.

27 July 2018 Email this article

We’re always expanding our fleet here at Facelift, so to make sure you’ve got the lowdown on the latest kit that is available, make sure you download your copy of our comprehensive Facelift Access Guide.  The guide, which is available online or in hard copy, is a quick reference tool to help you quickly get to grips with the vital stats of the equipment in our fleet, so yo ... more

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Increase in house building delivers huge boost to UK economy

27 July 2018 Email this article

The 74% increase in house building activity in the past four years has provided a huge boost to the UK economy, according to a report by planning and development consultancy Lichfields developed for the Home Building Federation. Their research shows that the house-building industry in England and Wales is now worth £38bn a year and supports nearly 700,000 jobs. The report shows that last y ... more

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