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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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Devon based welding engineer sentenced after serious injury to worker

30 September 2018 Email this article

An agricultural engineer from Totnes in Devon has been sentenced after a worker sustained serious, life changing injuries after he fell through a mezzanine floor whilst it was under construction. Plymouth Crown Court heard how Russell Soper, trading as RJS Agricultural Welding was contracted to install the mezzanine floor in a unit at the South Hams Business Park in Totnes during March 201 ... more

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Council fined after workers exposed to asbestos

30 September 2018 Email this article

Kent County Council (KCC) has been fined £200,000 after asbestos was disturbed at Lansdowne Primary School. Canterbury Crown Court heard how, on 6 November 2014, an environmental health officer was carrying out a routine food inspection when they noticed what looked like asbestos rope hanging from the ceiling. A prohibition notice was served on the now independent educational trust. ... more

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Colchester company fined after walker falls through fragile floor

30 September 2018 Email this article

A Colchester-based company has been fined after an employee fell through fragile ceiling tiles. Basildon Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 8 January 2016, a worker was asked to sort shoes which were stored on a floor, next to an unprotected area of fragile ceiling tiles. The worker fell through the fragile ceiling tiles, approximately 2.7m to the floor below suffering serious injuries to ... more

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Why safety lapses are never worth it, even if it's 'just one time'

30 September 2018 Email this article

Real life stories always hit home more than government reports and warnings. So we were very moved by this video by steel and mining firm ArcelorMittal. Telling the story of Max, an otherwise exemplary employee who made one fatal mistake, the clip really hammers home that forgetting about health and safety “just that one time” can have, not only on the worker, but on his or her friends ... more

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Home Office launch an Employer Toolkit to support EU Workers

2 September 2018 Email this article

Businesses reliant on workers from the EU will be pleased to learn that the Home Office has developed an employer toolkit to help equip employers with the right tools and information to support their EU workers to stay in the country via the EU settlement scheme. The toolkit contains leaflets, posters and a briefing pack to help employers across the UK communicate clear and consistent messages ab ... more

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CITB release statement on CPCS scheme

2 September 2018 Email this article

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has released a statement regarding the changes to its Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) cards. As part of the Vision 2020 programme of reform, CITB is divesting its cards schemes to other suitable providers, including the CPCS scheme. It has recently announced that NOCN has been selected as the preferred bidder for the CPCS scheme. If the ... more

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