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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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£1.5 million fund launched to give small firms productivity boost

3 April 2015 Email this article

Construction companies could be among the firms to benefit from a new £1.5 million fund set up to help small businesses boost productivity. This is part of the UK Futures Programme, which is run by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). According to the latest government figures, the UK has the lowest levels of productivity of all the G7 nations except Japan, with out ... more

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Cherrypicker to the rescue in Mumbai

3 April 2015 Email this article

A cherrypicker had its moment in the spotlight in Mumbai last month, when it was brought out to rescue stranded rail passengers.   Monorail passengers in the Indian city  came to a standstill for four hours on Sunday morning due to a power failure. When efforts to pull the stranded train to the nearest station failed, a cherry picker was brought in to launch a rescue mission. It brought ... more

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Facelift passes Achilles Link Up Audit

3 April 2015 Email this article

Facelift has just passed the Achilles Link Up rail audit, which allows it to sponsor its own staff to work on the trackside of railways. One of the world’s leading global supply chain risk management companies, Achilles collects, validates and maintains essential supplier data through an online questionnaire. This information then allows buying organisations to understand the risks in their ... more

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Housebuilding sector ‘worth £19 billion’ to UK economy, says HBF

3 April 2015 Email this article

Building homes creates £19.2 billion a year for the UK, as well as bringing less obvious benefits that help society as a whole, the survey by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) has found. It raises around £1.4 billion a year in tax revenues, while in 2014 it also led to some 6,500,000 trees and shrubs being planted, creating greener, more sustainable environments for communities to en ... more

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