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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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Working well with towers - PASMA's tower safety week engages members

1 January 2018 Email this article

Tower Safety Week 2017 is over. The only event of its type in the work at height sector – which ran from 12 to 17 November 2017 -attracted enthusiastic support from PASMA members, tower users and the public across the UK. Taking as its theme ’Working well with towers’, the annual campaign promoted height safety, developed industry knowledge and skills, and connected with a wide ... more

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CITB changes the health, safety and environment test

1 January 2018 Email this article

From January 2018, there will be a number of changes to the Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) test administered by the CITB. In January 2018: • The questions will not change and the test will be updated to include ‘drag and drop’ and ‘multiple choice with images’ question styles. You can see what these questions will look like by visiting the CITB websi ... more

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Sales director given community order and company fined after apprentice falls through fragile roof light

1 January 2018 Email this article

A roofing company was fined and its sales director given a community order after an apprentice suffered severe head and back injuries after falling through a fragile skylight. Coventry Magistrates’ Court heard how the Adam Askey Limited apprentice was injured when he fell over six metres through the factory roof to the concrete floor below. The 18-year-old apprentice suffered severe head, f ... more

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Construction worker suffers serious injuries after fall from height

1 January 2018 Email this article

Two companies, Deans Construction Limited and Universal Coatings and Services Limited, were sentenced after a roofing sub-contractor was ejected from the basket of a cherry picker, resulting in serious chest injuries. Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard that, in May 2016, the injured person was carrying out roofing repairs inside a large industrial building at Port Clarence Offshore Base in ... more

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Company and contractor fined after worker left seriously injured

1 January 2018 Email this article

Two companies - the Lundy Company Limited and Justin Courtney Ford – were fined after a self-employed worker fell more than three metres through a fragile roof. Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 11 August 2015, the self-employed worker was working to remove a roof when he fell over three metres onto concrete flooring. The worker suffered multiple injuries including a broken coll ... more

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This video will change the way you think about safety harnesses

4 December 2017 Email this article

The ZT range of harnesses feature a revolutionary design which eliminates groin straps, distributing the force to the whole body, leaving you at far less risk of discomfort.    ... more

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Close shave shows harness in action

1 December 2017 Email this article

Industry magazine Vertikal has published a video showing how the right health and safety precautions really do make a difference. While cleaning the glass window of a shop in Bournemouth using a truck mounted platform, a worker somehow managed to fall out of the basket. However, thanks to his harness, he was suspended in air rather than falling. Additionally, there was clearly someone on the gro ... more

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Window cleaner fighting for life after fall from a building on Oxford Street

1 December 2017 Email this article

A window cleaner is fighting for his life after falling from a building on London’s Oxford Street. Shoppers described seeing the man – who was about to abseil down the New Balance store – plunge more than 30ft to the floor when his rope gave way.  The London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance Service attended the scene and the individual was rushed t ... more

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