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St Albans City Football and Athletic Club Limited fined after fatal fall through fragile roof

2 June 2019 Email this article

St Albans City Football and Athletic Club was fined after the death of a volunteer who fell through a fragile roof. Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 18 July 2017, the 71-year-old St Albans City Football and Athletic Club Limited volunteer suffered fatal injuries after he fell through fragile roof sheeting onto terrace steps below. The HSE’s investigation found that St ... more

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Farmer fined after worker suffers fatal fall through roof of milking shed

2 June 2019 Email this article

A farmer has been fined following a worker’s fatal fall through the fragile roof of a milking shed on the farm. Mold Magistrates’ Court heard how on 19 July 2018 self-employed contractor David Alan Rees was fatally injured whilst he was clearing out the valley gutter from a ladder at Knolton Farm, Overton, Wrexham. The HSE’s investigation found that farmer Robert Latham failed ... more

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Construction industry hopes to boost efficiency with new Pre-Qualification System

30 April 2019 Email this article

Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) have announced the launch of the first phase of a new pre-qualification (PQ) system designed to reduce inefficiencies that they claim are costing the construction industry up to £1 billion a year. The two trade bodies suggest that the existing PQ system is “complex and repetitive and a major barrier to improved produ ... more

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50% off IPAF MEWPs for Managers Course

30 April 2019 Email this article

 IPAF MEWPs for Managers is an essential one day training programme, that would benefit anyone who is the manager or supervisor of people that work with cherry pickers. The course covers the responsibilities and knowledge they require to deal with the constantly changing demands, relating to working at height on site and the use of MEWPs. Facelift will be offering a 50% discount on ... more

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Employers and workers agree 2.75% pay rise for construction workers

30 April 2019 Email this article

A 2.75% pay rise for construction workers has been agreed for the year ahead following successful pay negotiations between the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and Unite. The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed a one-year deal involving a 2.75% pay rise to come into effect in June 2019. This follows the successful conclusion of pay negotiations between th ... more

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New construction minister must make 'purging the sector of rogue firms' his mission, says FMB

30 April 2019 Email this article

The new Construction Minister, Andrew Stephenson MP, should make it his mission to raise quality and standards in the construction industry through mandatory licensing, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The time is right to look at a meaningful way in which we can purge the sector of rogue firms and unprofessional outfits o ... more

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Entries open for Lifting Technician and Plant Operative Apprenticeship Awards

30 April 2019 Email this article

Entries are now open for the seventh Construction Plant Association (CPA) Stars of the Future awards, which recognise and reward some of the industry’s brightest and most promising talent. Traditionally, Stars of the Future has rewarded plant mechanic apprentices but for 2019, the scope of the event has been widened to include two new awards categories - construction plant operative and ... more

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CSCS to withdraw postal applications

30 April 2019 Email this article

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has announced plans to withdraw postal applications. CSCS currently provide a postal application service that is used by construction workers to apply for their CSCS cards. However, the body has now taken steps to remove this “largely paper-based and inefficient service”. Gordon Jenkins, Director of Operations at CSCS said: &ldq ... more

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Late-paying construction companies suspended from Prompt Payment Code

30 April 2019 Email this article

A number of companies, including construction giants such as Balfour Beatty, Costain, and Laing O’Rourke, have had their membership of the Prompt Payment Code suspended due to consistently paying their suppliers late. Many of the UK’s biggest construction companies were among the thousands of organisations that signed up to the Prompt Payment Code, administered by the Chartered In ... more

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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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