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Fulham Company fined for failing to undertake asbestos assessment

2 December 2018 Email this article

A residential property development company was last month sentenced after failing to carry out an asbestos survey prior to undertaking extensive refurbishment works. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how, on and before 6 December 2017, Pascal Huser Design & Build Ltd undertook construction work at a property in Fulham, London. The company failed to carry out an asbestos survey ... more

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Construction company fined after worker falls from height

2 December 2018 Email this article

A construction company has been fined after an employee fell through a plasterboard ceiling onto a staircase below at a site in Basingstoke, puncturing his lung and fracturing his ribs, vertebra and shoulder. Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 31 October 2016, an employee of Croudace Homes Limited was working in a loft space when he fell through a plasterboard ceiling onto ... more

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CCTV installer fined after worker falls through roof light

2 December 2018 Email this article

A Manchester based CCTV Installation company has been sentenced after an employee fell through a fragile roof light while working on a flat roof. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on in March 2017, employees of Skycommsuk Ltd were installing several CCTV cameras at a property in Salford. In an attempt to free a cable snagged on a section of pitched roof, the worker who was lo ... more

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Facelift called in to help install new project by world-famous artist in Liverpool

1 November 2018 Email this article

The team from our Liverpool depot played their part in the success of the city’s Biennial last month when they were called in to put up a giant sculpture by the artist Ugo Rondinone. Situated on Liverpool’s Albert Dock, the 10 metre tall artwork is called Liverpool Mountain and is the artist’s first major work in the UK. The project – which is made up of a number of colou ... more

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Tower Safety Week 2018

1 November 2018 Email this article

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association (PASMA) will shortly launch its annual campaign promoting tower safety. Throughout Tower Safety Week (11th-18th November), PASMA and other related organisations will be campaigning for the safe use of mobile access towers via a series of events, safety-led initiatives and educational resources covering everything from safety a ... more

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We need people to be “100% qualified, not 100% carded”, says CSCS chief

1 November 2018 Email this article

The importance of actually being well qualified was emphasised by CSCS’ chief executive at the Build UK Member Skills Briefing on 17 October. His message was that people should be “100% qualified, not 100% carded” as he outlined a number of changes to the card scheme that will lead to the upskilling of the workforce and improved standards on site. These changes were made follow ... more

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Be aware of modern slavery, businesses told...

1 November 2018 Email this article

On Anti-Slavery Day (18th October), the Home Office announced that it is to write to the chief executives of 17,000 businesses, telling them to open up about modern slavery in their supply chains or risk being names as being in breach of the law. In the UK businesses with a turnover of more than £36 million must publish annual transparency statements, setting out what they are doing to ... more

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Half of builders fall victim to tool theft

1 November 2018 Email this article

Tool theft is plaguing the construction industry with more than half of builders (51%) in the UK having had their tools stolen, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Of those builders that have been victim to van tool theft: ·       46% had their side panel or door broken/pierced and prised open ·  &nbs ... more

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Construction apprentices earn more than university graduates, says research

1 November 2018 Email this article

Young people in the construction sector will go on to earn "thousands" more each year after apprenticeships while university graduates' salaries lag behind, according to industry research. The average bricklayer or roofer is earning £42,000 a year across the UK while former students typically earn £32,000 annually, according to a study by the FMB. The FMB research ... more

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HSE carries out site inspections throughout October

1 November 2018 Email this article

During last month, the HSE carried out around 1,000 construction site inspections, focusing on health issues and particularly asbestos and dust. The HSE estimates that there are around 8,000 work-related cancer deaths a year. The construction industry accounts for around 3,500 of these, with asbestos and silica the major causes. During the inspections, the HSE worked with site leaders to ... more

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