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Report calls for better collaboration between housebuilders and subcontractors

2 October 2016 Email this article

In order to tackle the skills shortage in the construction industry and increase output, greater collaboration between house builders and their subcontractors is essential, according to a newly release report. ‘The case for collaboration in the supply chain’ argues that providing subcontractors with better visibility on future work; prompt payment; and sharing training resources w ... more

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'Death wish' boom spotted in London street

2 October 2016 Email this article

The most recent addition to Vertikal’s ‘death wish’ series is a boom lift being used in a busy South East London street, with no attempt to warn passing motorists of its presence. The reader who sent in the image, said:  “Of all of the death wish incidents that one sees, this, for me is way up there. This machine was spotted working in south east London on Saturday. H ... more

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Labour 'interventionist' policy on housing finance could be welcome, says Federation of Master Builders

2 October 2016 Email this article

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is right to highlight the access to finance problems faced by SMEs, and he would do well to apply his more interventionist approach to house building finance, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the Shadow Chancellor’s Conference speech. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The Shadow Chancellor is ... more

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Construction firm in court after worker fractures spine in roof fall

2 October 2016 Email this article

Construction firm Montway Ltd has been fined £144,000 after a worker was seriously injured when he fell off a roof during demolition work. Southwark Crown Court heard that in February 2013 two workers were working on the roof of a two storey detached house at 17 Basing Hill, Golders Green in London. Romanian labourer Mr. Ioan Vancea fell from the partly demolished roof and suffered serio ... more

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Two scaffolders receive suspended prison sentence following workers death

2 October 2016 Email this article

Two scaffolders from St Austell, Cornwall have received suspended prison sentences following a death of a worker who fell to his death while dismantling scaffolding. Roger Stoddern, 47, fell from a flat roof of a property in St Mawes in June 2013. He was taken to Derriford Hospital but died three weeks later due to the severity of his injuries. Truro Crown Court heard how Mr Stoddern was sta ... more

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Somerset manufacturer prosecuted for workers death

2 October 2016 Email this article

A company in Somerset has been fined after the death of a worker who fell through a factory roof skylight. Taunton Crown Court heard Samuel Wright Maxwell, 46, of Wells Somerset was employed by Cooper B Line (CBL) factory in Highbridge, Somerset. As a maintenance worker, Mr Maxwell had permission to go onto the roofs for various tasks and did so regularly without adequate and sufficient safety ... more

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Europlatform gives insights into new age rental and safety

2 October 2016 Email this article

More than 120 access rental professionals attended the 10th Europlatform conference held on 22 September 2016 in Vienna, Austria. With a theme of ‘New Generation Rental’, attendees explored the future of the powered access rental industry at the event organised by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) In his opening presentation on “Toolbox to shoebox”, Andy S ... more

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Facelift MD does 'Warrior' run to remember late friend

2 October 2016 Email this article

Paul Standing, Facelift’s managing director, has completed a ‘warrior’ run in honour of a friend who has recently committed suicide. Paul along with ten other of Martin Cadman’s relations and friends raised a whopping £3140.00 for the mental health charity Campaign against Living Miserably [CALM] and the YMCA, The Warrior Run, which took place on Sunday October 2nd ... more

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PASMA releases annual report

4 September 2016 Email this article

Trade body the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) has released its 2016 annual report. Focussing on how the trade body has overseen advancing standards and best practice and assisted in the delivery of the industry’s training scheme, the report celebrates the achievements of 2016 and the difference PASMA has made in providing advice, guidance ... more

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Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launches Helping Great Britain work well strategy

4 September 2016 Email this article

The HSE has launched its new strategy ‘Helping Great Britain Work Well’ and is urging leading industry figures and other key influences are being urged to have a say in shaping the future strategy for Great Britain’s health and safety system. The HSE has published six themes that the five-year strategy will cover, as it begins engaging the people and organisations it thinks can ... more

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