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Level playing field needed for SMEs, says Federation of Master Builders

1 July 2019 Email this article

Following the publication of the Government's consultation response to the 'Creating a responsible payment culture' call for evidence, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called on the public sector to lead by example in order to tackle scourge of late payment. The trade body argues that in order to make things more fair for SMEs, the public sector should offer smaller contracts which ... more

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Offsite construction to go mainstream with £1.2m CITB investment

1 July 2019 Email this article

Offsite construction has received a boost, with £1.2m in funding for training materials from the CITB. As a result of this investment, industry and education will have free access to a range of standardised, innovative and blended learning materials focussing on offsite construction – the manufacture and assembly of construction components ahead of installation onsite. Research has s ... more

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CSCS loophole closed

1 July 2019 Email this article

The CSCS skills card scheme is ending an exemption to the CITB health, safety and environment test from September. CSCS card applicants are usually required to gain a recognised construction related qualification (usually an NVQ or SVQ) as well as pass the CITB safety test within the last two years. However currently, if the applicant has achieved an SVQ or NVQ in the last two years they do no ... more

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New apprenticeship standard for lift truck and powered access technicians

1 July 2019 Email this article

Following industry-wide consultation, a new Level 3 Lift Truck and Powered Access Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard and end point assessment (EPA) has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education. The 36-month course will be recognised by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Instit ... more

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Construction sector launches new mandatory licensing scheme

1 July 2019 Email this article

The construction industry has come together to develop a mandatory licensing scheme for all UK construction companies to transform the sector into a high quality and professional industry. A new Construction Licensing Task Force, supported by a range of leading industry bodies, will lead the development of the licensing scheme. The launch of the task force follows a recommendation in an indep ... more

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Facelift flashback: Access gets arty in East London in June 2013

1 July 2019 Email this article

Back in June 2013, Facelift was hanging out in trendy East London helping create street art in Dalston and Shoreditch. Street artist Thierry Noir brought his talent for street art, nurtured on the streets of pre-1989 Berlin, to the streets of the capital, where Facelift’s specialist equipment helped him to reach the heights required to paint a striking yellow, white and blue mural across ... more

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London's outdoor workers exposed to high levels of air pollution, shows app

1 July 2019 Email this article

Health and Safety at Work magazine has reported that initial data gathered by the British Safety Council’s Canairy app shows that London’s outdoor workers are “constantly” being exposed to levels of nitrogen dioxide, ozone and particulates (PM10 and PM2.5) above World Health Organization guidelines. The council’s head of campaigns, Matthew Holder, told the publicatio ... more

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Roofing company fined after worker falls from height

1 July 2019 Email this article

A London-based roofing company, McDonald Roofing Contractors Limited, has been fined after a worker fell a distance of nine metres from a flat roof he was working on. Westminster Magistrates court head how McDonald Roofing Contractors Limited began carrying out re-roofing works at 12 Glebe Road, SW13 0DR in February 2018. On 12 March 2018 an employee of McDonald Roofing Contractors Limited was ... more

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Welsh roofing contractor sentenced for unsafe work at height

1 July 2019 Email this article

A roofing contractor has been sentenced for failing to take adequate precautions to prevent his workers falling from height and for breaching a prohibition notice. Llandudno Magistrates’ Court heard how in April 2018 workers were observed working on the roof of a domestic two-storey house in Wrexham with no edge protection. A prohibition notice was issued preventing further work until con ... more

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Two contractors fined after worker killed following fall through fragile roof

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Two contractors have been fined after a worker suffered fatal injuries following a fall through a fragile roof during construction work at a factory in Staffordshire. Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how on 19 September 2015, at the Norton Aluminium foundry site in Norton Canes, a scaffold company employee was fatally injured after falling approximately 11.5 metres through a fragile roof. The e ... more

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