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UK Scaffold Collapse

9 October 2015 Email this article

A façade scaffold collapsed in Hayes, Middlesex in the UK last week, we understand that there are no injuries. The scaffold came away from the building, a traditional tube and coupler system was erected on a high rise residential building, which is under refurbishment by contractor Galliard near the town’s station which is currently being redeveloped. The scaffold has since been remov ... more

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A Lost load

8 October 2015 Email this article

A boom lift came off the back of a delivery truck after striking a low bridge this morning in Erdington, Birmingham, the load was simply too high to pass beneath the bridge. The top of the articulated boom struck a rail bridge which has a 4.1 metre overall height warning on it, pulling the lift off of the side of the low loader trailer – landing on its side. Thankfully it came off on the sid ... more

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Unsafe working on top of the roof

8 October 2015 Email this article

Spotted yesterday on the embassy of the Netherlands in Copenhagen, men were standing around on the roof with little to no edge protection. While the roof is far from steep, it is around 12 metres up, and an inadvertent step too close to the edge could prove fatal. Then this morning, five people were spotted having a site meeting on the same roof, only this time in the rain. What are these guy ... more

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Truck crane overturn

8 October 2015 Email this article

A four axle truck crane working on a site in Singapore overturned on Monday afternoon possibly due to one of the outriggers being short rigged. It also looks as though the crane might have been light on counterweight. The crane, a four axle XCMG truck crane, was helping dismantle steelwork as part of the demolition of a Hawker Centre on Changi Road. The boom came to rest on one of the walls of th ... more

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London contractor fined £20k after roof fall

1 October 2015 Email this article

A south London building maintenance contractor has been fined £20,000 for safety failings after an employee fell from a roof Southwark Crown Court heard how in February 2014 an employee of Aspect Maintenance Services Ltd London was repairing the roof a house in Tooting when he slipped and fell, landing onto a table on the patio area below. There was no edge protection on the roof at the tim ... more

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Asbestos contractors produce guide for clients

1 October 2015 Email this article

Get your Asbestos awareness training here! http://www.facelift.co.uk/training/asbestos.cfm The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) has published a guidance note on the responsibilities clients have when appointing asbestos contractors. The guidance is intended to help main contractors, facilities managers, architects and other clients meet their legal requirements so that asbes ... more

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Construction workers are twice as likely to get injured. Get yourself trained today!

1 October 2015 Email this article

A survey of people who work in construction found that 38% had taken time off work because of a major injury while doing their job. This suggests that construction is precisely twice as dangerous as the average job, as the UK average across all sectors is 19%. The only industry to rank higher than construction in lost-day injuries is transport at 47%. These are the findings of a survey conducted ... more

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House-building drives construction growth

29 September 2015 Email this article

A surge in house-building and a strong commercial sector has helped the construction industry to achieve its longest period of growth for more than seven years, according to figures from the latest Purchasing Managers Index survey, carried out by Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), It recorded a reading of 57.3 in August, up from 57.1 the previous month. The rea ... more

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HS2 to create 25,000 construction jobs

29 September 2015 Email this article

As many as 25,000 jobs in construction could be created by the HS2 high-speed railway scheme, according to predictions from Government analysts. Firms have already started bidding for work on the project, which could lead to the signing of some of the highest value contracts in the history of British construction. Some 2,000 apprenticeships also look set to be made available as a resu ... more

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Construction industry report reveals return to growth

29 September 2015 Email this article

The construction industry has returned to growth, with profits and productivity up, according to a new report from industry analysts Glenigan. The 2015 UK Construction Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Annual Report, showed that the median profit margin rising from 2.1% in 2014 to 2.8% this year. Productivity has also improved markedly. Seven out of 10 (69%) of projects came in o ... more

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