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Extra £7 million from CITB to train most needed workers

28 February 2015 Email this article

CITB has freed up £7 million of additional funds to train a new wave of construction workers – in the jobs most needed by industry to train a new wave of construction workers – in the jobs most needed by industry. The funding boost comes from a change to the Grants Scheme which returns the supplementary payment to a flat rate of 10% on 1 August. This change, on its own, will p ... more

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Liverpool NHS Trust in court over deadly asbestos fibres

28 February 2015 Email this article

A Liverpool NHS Trust has been fined £10,000 after it emerged its workers may have been exposed to potentially-deadly asbestos fibres. The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the fibres were discovered in the basement of its offices at Derwent House on London Road in January 2013. Liverpool Magistra ... more

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Firm fined after worker seriously injured in scaffold fall

28 February 2015 Email this article

An Aberdeen-based building and joinery firm has been sentenced after a worker suffered serious injuries when he fell three metres from scaffolding that he was dismantling. John William Wilson, then 47 and from Aberdeen, broke his left ankle, damaged the ligaments in his right ankle was knocked unconscious and cut his head. He was in hospital overnight and remained in plaster for six weeks as a ... more

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Plymouth builder fined for worker’s injuries

28 February 2015 Email this article

A partner in a building and roofing company has been fined after a worker plunged nearly six metres to the ground falling through a fragile roof light and sustaining multiple injuries. Przemyslaw Borkiewicz, 24, of Mutley, Plymouth, was carrying out the work at the Evans Halshaw garage in Saltash in December 2012. An investigation found he wasn’t supervised properly, and had no safety equip ... more

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Congratulations Niftylift!

18 February 2015 Email this article

Niftylift has been shortlisted by the Hire Association Europe (HAE) for 'Equipment Supplier of the Year' at the Hire Awards of Excellence to be held at '8 Northumberland Ave' in London on the 18th April 2015. The 'Equipment Supplier of the Year' award is unique in that it's decided purely on votes (rather than a judging panel), so if like us you'd like to see Niftylift win this award please vote ... more

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Changes to CDM Regulations on there way....

31 January 2015 Email this article

Revised Regulations released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) mean that from now on, all construction projects, including work in private houses, will need a health and safety plan. Developed in consultation with industry and supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the 2015 Regulations aim to streamline the guidance for businesses without compromising safety standard ... more

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Not just for the boys...

31 January 2015 Email this article

A new Government campaign asks building firms to make the most of the skills which female workers can offer.  Ministers have launched the #NotJustForBoys initiative, in an effort to encourage young women to enter sectors which may have been dominated by men in the past. This campaign will aim to tackle the stereotypes which are still sometimes applied to industries like construction and man ... more

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Construction industry writes off £2 billion bad debts a year, says report

31 January 2015 Email this article

According to a report from Biddy Financial Services (BFS) and management consultant The Vinden Partnership (TVP), UK construction firms are writing off an average of £10,000 a year each because customers do not pay. With 280,000 firms in the sector and 196,000 of them losing £10,000 a year, that is nearly £2 billion gone. The report also found that 70% of companies in the const ... more

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Offer: 20% off orders for the New ZT Adjustable Restraint Lanyard - 1.8m

31 January 2015 Email this article

Facelift is offering an exclusive discount for all High Times readers: 20% of all orders of the ZT Restraint lanyard. The ZT Adjustable Restraint lanyard enables a user to perform working at height activities whilst preventing falls occurring. It can be used in a number of different scenarios, including securing an operative in a MEWP / Cherry picker basket or reducing the risk of a fall by preve ... more

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Crossrail reaches apprenticeships milestone

31 January 2015 Email this article

Four hundred apprentices have now been appointed to work on the Crossrail project. Discussing the milestone, which means the infrastructure scheme has met it’ target early, UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said “This government is investing significant amounts in the country’s infrastructure. “As we start work on other major projects like HS2 and the Thames Tide ... more

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