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Asbestos still putting lives at risk 20 years since ban, says IOSH

30 April 2019 Email this article

Despite 20 years passing since it was banned, lives are still being put at risk by companies failing to manage exposure to asbestos, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Although it was banned in 1999, the deadly substance is still present in at least half a million buildings built before this time. It is commonly found in roofing, spray coatings, lagging, insu ... more

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Facelift flashback: Facelift team go nuts for Home start CHAMS

30 April 2019 Email this article

Back in spring 2013, the Facelift team were just beginning training to take part in the NUTS Challenge – a muddy assault course – in order to raise money for Home Start Crawley, Horsham and Mid-Sussex (CHAMS). Supporting families where there are issues such as isolation, neglect, financial hardship, illness, disability, bereavement or multiple births, Home Start supports parents in en ... more

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Unusual (and dangerous) access technique spotted in Sussex

30 April 2019 Email this article

Vertikal magazine reports on an unusual (and highly dangerous) access technique spotted in Worthing, Sussex earlier this month, after two men were spotted working on ladders from the roof of their van. Publishing photos of the offending configuration, the magazine reports: ‘The photo clearly shows them using their van to boost the reach of their ladders, one of which appears to be almost lo ... more

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Building Contractor fined following illegal asbestos work

30 April 2019 Email this article

An Oldham building contractor has been fined following the uncontrolled removal of asbestos during a garage conversion. Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court heard how in December 2017 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was notified by a member of the public of fibrous board outside the property in Chadderton, Oldham which looked like asbestos insulation board.  Mr Mohammad Arshad ... more

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Construction company fined after two workers injured in fall from height

30 April 2019 Email this article

A construction company has been fined after two workers were injured after falling through a ceiling at a site in Watford. Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 6 December 2017, four bricklayers were working on a new build of three terraced houses, when they gained unrestricted access to a timber joisted floor. The floor collapsed. Two of the four workers managed to jump off during the c ... more

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Company fined after boy sustains life-changing injuries after fall from scaffolding

30 April 2019 Email this article

A Doncaster-based business has been fined £160,000 after safety breaches led to a 12-year-old boy slipping off a scaffold ladder, resulting in life-changing injuries. Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 6 May 2017, two boys were able to climb the rungs of a ladder within scaffolding erected by Westdale Services Limited at Southville Flats, St David’s Road, Cwmbran, by placi ... more

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NFRC announces UK Roofing Awards shortlist

31 March 2019 Email this article

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) has announced the shortlist for this year’s UK Roofing Awards. Now entering its 12th year, the UK Roofing Awards continues to shine as the industry’s most prestigious ceremony, showcasing the very best projects from across the roofing industry in 14 discipline categories. Winners will be announced at a gala awards luncheon, ... more

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Experienced site workers to lose Grandfather Rights to skills cards

31 March 2019 Email this article

More than 60,000 experienced construction workers will no longer be able to renew their skills cards under the “Grandfather Rights” system. The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has confirmed it will be phasing out the Grandfather Rights scheme from 2020 and abolishing it completely from 2024. Officially known as Industry Accreditation, the scheme allowed worke ... more

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Brexit gridlock could cripple construction, says NFB

31 March 2019 Email this article

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has warned that leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement could potentially cripple the construction industry. It has suggested that leaving the EU without well-defined transitional arrangements will leave the construction industry worse off than the financial crisis of 2008, which saw the industry losing more than 250,000 skilled workers. Issues hig ... more

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CPA Announces Date and Venue for 2019 Conference

31 March 2019 Email this article

The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has announced that this year’s CPA Conference will take place on Thursday 17th October 2019 at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre in Fillongley near Coventry. The CPA Conference is a one-day event organised by the CPA, the leading trade association for the plant hire sector in the UK. Speakers at previous events have incl ... more

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