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Skills card forgers jailed

5 February 2018 Email this article

A criminal gang that sold fake construction skills cards has been sent to jail. The forgers offered counterfeit British passports, residence permits, degree certificates and Constructions Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards to enable workers to gain employment on constructions sites. Prices ranged from £900 for a passport to £200 for a CSCS card or a degree certificate. T ... more

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Company fined after worker falls from height

5 February 2018 Email this article

  A company has been fined after an employee died following a fall through a skylight. Leicester Crown Court heard how the deceased was working with another employee on the roof, re-siting a heater and new chimney flue, when the incident occurred. He suffered severe injuries and died from these injuries approximately 6 months later. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive ... more

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Principal contractor and site manager sentenced following asbestos exposure at a construction site

5 February 2018 Email this article

The principal contractor and site manager of a construction site in Derby city centre have been sentenced after workers were exposed to asbestos during refurbishment work. Derby Magistrates’ Court heard how, on or before 5 January 2017, at the St Peters Churchyard site, labourers removed asbestos insulating board (AIB) ceiling panels from a store room, work which should have been comp ... more

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Construction company fined after worker killed

5 February 2018 Email this article

  A construction company has been fined after an employee died after falling over 6 metres. Plymouth Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of C & R Construction (SW) Ltd suffered fatal injuries after falling whilst carrying out work installing roof sheets on a new agricultural building. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occur ... more

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Access photo of the year competition 2018 - €1000 Prize

1 January 2018 Email this article

We've teamed up with Access International magazine and are once again running the Access Photograph of the Year competition. This is open to all Non-professional photographers worldwide, who are invited to compete for a €1,000 prize. We are looking for a thought provoking photo that demonstrates the safe use of powered access machines. It will need to show best practice, so all relevant saf ... more

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Vision 2020: The Future CITB

1 January 2018 Email this article

 The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has today revealed its bold new strategy and proposals for its future offer – Vision 2020: The Future CITB.  These will create the strategic, forward-looking and agile skills body that the industry is seeking.    Plans to modernise and reinvigorate CITB follow the Government’s ITB Review and the triennial Conse ... more

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IPAF makes MEWPs available in global BIM library

1 January 2018 Email this article

A selection of 3D virtual Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) and Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWPs) is now available in the National Building Information Modelling (BIM) Library due to the efforts of the experts from the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). IPAF is in the process of developing scalable 3D BIM MEWPs and MCWPs that can be used to visualise their use in the constr ... more

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Trade bodies launch construction industry Brexit Manifesto

1 January 2018 Email this article

A number of trade organisations have joined together to launch a construction industry manifesto for Brexit. The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), Construction Products Association (CPA), Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), Federation of Master Builders (FMB), Home Builders Federation (HBF) and National Federation of Builders (NFB) have worked together to create t ... more

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Small, local house builders have the most satisfied customers, new FMB Research reveals

1 January 2018 Email this article

Consumers are twice as likely to be 'very satisfied' with the quality of their new home if it was built by a small and medium-sized (SME) house builder, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Key results from the FMB's research into satisfaction rates among people who have bought a home in the past five years show that twice as many people (36%) say they are &lsq ... more

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New training initiatives from CITB

1 January 2018 Email this article

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is increasing the standardisation and transferability of training in the construction industry and is launching a Construction Training Directory to support this. The Construction Training Directory is a searchable online directory of construction-related training courses, tests and qualifications which are delivered by Approved Training Organisati ... more

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