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Construction sector launches new mandatory licensing scheme

1 July 2019 Email this article

The construction industry has come together to develop a mandatory licensing scheme for all UK construction companies to transform the sector into a high quality and professional industry. A new Construction Licensing Task Force, supported by a range of leading industry bodies, will lead the development of the licensing scheme. The launch of the task force follows a recommendation in an indep ... more

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Facelift flashback: Access gets arty in East London in June 2013

1 July 2019 Email this article

Back in June 2013, Facelift was hanging out in trendy East London helping create street art in Dalston and Shoreditch. Street artist Thierry Noir brought his talent for street art, nurtured on the streets of pre-1989 Berlin, to the streets of the capital, where Facelift’s specialist equipment helped him to reach the heights required to paint a striking yellow, white and blue mural across ... more

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London's outdoor workers exposed to high levels of air pollution, shows app

1 July 2019 Email this article

Health and Safety at Work magazine has reported that initial data gathered by the British Safety Council’s Canairy app shows that London’s outdoor workers are “constantly” being exposed to levels of nitrogen dioxide, ozone and particulates (PM10 and PM2.5) above World Health Organization guidelines. The council’s head of campaigns, Matthew Holder, told the publicatio ... more

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Roofing company fined after worker falls from height

1 July 2019 Email this article

A London-based roofing company, McDonald Roofing Contractors Limited, has been fined after a worker fell a distance of nine metres from a flat roof he was working on. Westminster Magistrates court head how McDonald Roofing Contractors Limited began carrying out re-roofing works at 12 Glebe Road, SW13 0DR in February 2018. On 12 March 2018 an employee of McDonald Roofing Contractors Limited was ... more

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Welsh roofing contractor sentenced for unsafe work at height

1 July 2019 Email this article

A roofing contractor has been sentenced for failing to take adequate precautions to prevent his workers falling from height and for breaching a prohibition notice. Llandudno Magistrates’ Court heard how in April 2018 workers were observed working on the roof of a domestic two-storey house in Wrexham with no edge protection. A prohibition notice was issued preventing further work until con ... more

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Two contractors fined after worker killed following fall through fragile roof

1 July 2019 Email this article

Two contractors have been fined after a worker suffered fatal injuries following a fall through a fragile roof during construction work at a factory in Staffordshire. Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how on 19 September 2015, at the Norton Aluminium foundry site in Norton Canes, a scaffold company employee was fatally injured after falling approximately 11.5 metres through a fragile roof. The e ... more

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Toni Duggan female footballer in Liverpool ahead of Women's World Cup

7 June 2019 Email this article

  Ahead of the Women’s World Cup beginning on Friday, murals depicting female football players have been created in locations spanning the UK. The murals, commissioned by Twitter, are located around the UK in the home towns and cities of England and Scotland national team players. Players depicted include Nikita Parris (Liverpool), Beth Mead (Whitby), Toni Duggan (Liverpool) and St ... more

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Working at height accounts for 11% of safety incidents on major public works

2 June 2019 Email this article

Figures supplied to working at height specialists Heightsafe by four of the UK’s most high-profile public works construction projects have shown just how many safety incidents relate to working at height. Data gathered from four of the UK’s most high-profile public construction and maintenance projects have indicated that 11% of reported health and safety incidents are related to work ... more

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E-learning launched to beat construction-related occupational cancers

2 June 2019 Email this article

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has announced a new e-learning course ‘Occupational Cancers’, designed to help the construction industry’s workforce to improve its understanding of occupational cancer risks and how to mitigate them. With 40% of all deaths from occupational cancers arising within the construction industry, the need to support the workforce in this area has ne ... more

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Get ready for changes to the HS&E test this month

2 June 2019 Email this article

The Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) test for the construction industry is being updated on 26 June 2019. From this date, the following changes will be introduced to the test from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB): Up to date with current practice and legislation: CITB has worked with construction health and safety managers and trainers to review all of the tests. Where ... more

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