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Client and contractor satisfaction improved but profits fell in 2015, reveals CITB report

31 October 2016 Email this article

  Levels of client and contractor satisfaction rose in 2015 and project predictability improved, but profitability has taken a hit and productivity continues to drag, according to a report commissioned by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The 2016 UK Performance Report, carried out by Glenigan who surveyed over a 1,000 industry representatives on projects completed in 20 ... more

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Review calls for industry modernisation

31 October 2016 Email this article

An independent review which aims to find solutions to the construction industry’s structural problems has been published today. Led by Mark Farmer, the Farer Review examines the construction labour model and suggests it has given rise to underinvestment in training and development, a lack of innovation, and issues in raising productivity. It concludes that workforce attrition, exacer ... more

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Cherry picker stolen from brewery

31 October 2016 Email this article

A cherry picker has been stolen from Samuel Smith's Brewery in Tadcaster. North Yorkshire Police reported that thieves entered the site in a white van and hooked up to a trailer which was carrying the cherry picker, before driving away. "Due to a quick response from North Yorkshire Police and bordering police forces, the cherry picker was located a short while later," said a pol ... more

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Street artist Stik hits new heights with a Multitel SMX250

31 October 2016 Email this article

Working at height has been taking an artistic turn in London’s East End of late, as street artist Stik got on board a Multitel SMX250 to create a major new mural inspired by the old-school denizens of the now highly gentrified Shoreditch. Famous, as his name suggests, for creating simple ‘stick men’ portraits created three giant stick figures on a wall on Old Street. See his ful ... more

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Calling all snappers. Enter Access Photo of the Year for a chance to win €1,000

31 October 2016 Email this article

Facelift has teamed up with Access International magazine to run the Access Photograph of the Year competition - aimed at celebrating the unique bird’s eye view perspectives enjoyed by those using powered access equipment. The judges 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 safety ... more

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Tree carving to raise money for children's hospice

31 October 2016 Email this article

If you’ve visited Facelift’s Hickstead depot in the past few weeks, you may have noticed a feathered friend surveying his surroundings from on high. That’s because local business Pixie Mushrooms Chainsaw Carver have carved a very impressive owl figurine into one of our oak trees. This will soon be auctioned in order to raise money for the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hos ... more

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Contractor seriously injured in fragile skylight fall

31 October 2016 Email this article

 London exhibition venue firm, The Business Design Centre Ltd, and a building contractor have been fined for safety failings after a specialist contractor fell through a fragile skylight. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how the Business Design Centre allowed workers to cross an unsafe roof, which contained three fragile skylights and open edges, and failed to prevent contractors c ... more

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Council fined after employee was injured from fall

31 October 2016 Email this article

A Yorkshire council has been fined after an employee was injured when he fell from a ladder. Hull Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) fell from a ladder while descending from a porch roof which was being re-felted. He fell 2.4 metres and suffered two broken vertebrae. An HSE investigation into the incident which occurred on 23 April 2015 foun ... more

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Worker suffers severe injuries in roof fall

31 October 2016 Email this article

A roofing company has been fined after a worker fell five metres through a roof sustaining severe injuries. St Albans Crown Court heard how a 32 year old labourer was working for Richardson Roofing Company Limited (RRCL) on a construction site at Kingsley Green, Radlett, Hertfordshire on 8 August 2013. The worker was fitting battens on the roof around holes for the skylights when he stepp ... more

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Street artist Stik

21 October 2016 Email this article

This article in the Guardian, documents the work of street artist Stik, who creates large scale ‘stick figure’ style murals all over the world. This mural was done in Shoreditch using a facelift Multitel SMX250 to reach the reqired heights to create the piece. ... more

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