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One in three manufacturers losing sales because of non-compliant machines entering the market

Plant hire companies and plant operators need to step up to the plate and get involved in ensuring that their machines are properly CE marked and legal for use in Europe, manufacturers say.   The Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE), which represents manufacturers has said that one in three of its members is losing sales because of non-compliant machines entering the market. ... more

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Construction firms struggling with skills gaps, study finds

A new survey has found that the shortage of skilled construction workers is among the main concerns of building industry chiefs around the world. The research, by KPMG, showed that half of construction project owners had experienced difficulties with skills gaps. It is just one of number of issues facing the heads of building firms around the world, from failing projects to problems meeting budge ... more

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Plantworx Safety Innovation award win for Smart PAL

IPAF’s machine-readable Smart PAL Card (Powered Access Licence) has won the Plantworx Innovation Award in the Safety category for its innovative use of smartcard technology to help improve site safety. The Smart PAL Card can be used together with card readers fitted on machines which may be set to ensure that only correctly trained operators use equipment on site. Under the Plantworx Innova ... more

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Brick shortages threaten housing targets, warns FMB

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned that the increasing shortage of bricks and bricklayers will threaten future housing plans. Commenting on the results of the FMB’s latest State of Trade Survey for Q1 2015, Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “How to solve the housing crisis has been one of the hot topics during this General Election campaign and we welcome ... more

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ZT Safety harnesses launch in Australia and NZ

ZT Safety has launched in Australia and New Zealand, after being certified for the ZT Dual and ZT Universal harnesses in both countries. Dedicated teams are already set up to market the models in these territories. The new team at ZT Safety Harness in Australia has extensive experience in working from heights, sales and marketing.  Led by General Manager Chris Josey with years of experience ... more

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Lewisham company in court over worker fall

A Lewisham roofing company has been fined for safety failings after a worker was seriously injured in a five metre fall from a property in Bromley. Daniel Dennis, 22, from Lewisham, fractured his pelvis, back and broke his arm, in the incident at Dorset Road on in January 2013. Daniel’s employer, Element Roofing Co. Ltd was prosecuted in April 2015 after an investigation by the Health and ... more

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Owner of South Devon animal crematorium fined for worker’s death

The owner of a pet and equine crematorium has been fined after a self-employed worker died falling through a roof while carrying out repairs. Paul Hoskin of Christow, Devon, a self-employed agricultural engineer, was asked to repair holes in a cement fibre roof at the crematorium in Newton Abbot in September 2013. While carrying out the repairs, he fell 6.6 metres to the floor, where he died. ... more

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Ladder fall leads to HSE prosecution for Stockport Team

Stockport-based Solutions SK Ltd has been fined after a worker sustained a broken heel when he fell from a ladder while installing cables for an alarm system. As the man started to descend the ladder, it slipped. He jumped from it and sustained a fractured heel. He was off work for six months. HSE investigated the incident, which happened in September 2013, and decided to prosecute. Solutions SK ... more

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Skills card fraud comes under the spotlight

3 April 2015 Email this article

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) have announced that they will be working together to analyse how widespread the issue of card fraud is in the UK. The process will start with an industry-wide survey aimed at assessing card scheme fraud and how thorough card checking procedures are on sites up and down the UK. The survey will ... more

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Jail for plant hire fraudsters

3 April 2015 Email this article

Four men from London have been jailed for a total of 20 years after HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) discovered they had stolen £4 million in VAT and laundered it through a number of bank accounts – including that of a deceased colleague. It was found that the group fraudulently manipulated the accounts of their haulage and heavy plant hire business in order to hide millions of pound ... more

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