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IPAF+ Now minimum standard...

29 September 2019 Email this article

All rental/hire members of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) in the UK have “levelled up” to the IPAF Rental+ minimum standard, which assures people seeking to hire mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) that an IPAF member company will conform to the highest industry standards of safety and professionalism. As part of the upgrade to minimum membership standards, IPA ... more

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Chemical company fined after worker falls from ladder

29 September 2019 Email this article

Vertellus Specialties UK Limited has today been fined after an employee fell two metres from a ladder and suffered a serious elbow injury. Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard that on 6 June 2018, at the company’s site in Northside, Workington, an employee was using a ladder to inspect a steam leak at height when the ladder failed and the employee fell to the ground. An investigation ... more

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Skylight fall results in prosecution

29 September 2019 Email this article

 A roofing and building company, and its director, have been sentenced after an employee fell through a skylight. North East Derbyshire & Dales Magistrates’ Court heard that on 26 March 2018, an employee was carrying out replacement work on the fragile roof of a stable block when he fell through a skylight at Owler Lee Farm, Dronfield. He had stepped from newly fitted metal sheets ... more

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£20m awarded to 26 projects supporting on site training hubs

29 September 2019 Email this article

Funding in excess of £20 million has been awarded to 26 projects in England to support the development of construction on-site training hubs. The Construction Skills Fund (CSF) aims to increase the number of people trained in construction, tackle the skills shortage and help build the homes and infrastructure England needs.  The Department for Education funds 24 of the learning hubs; ... more

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£500 apprentice support grant

29 September 2019 Email this article

 As trailed in the CITB Business Plan in May 2019, from 1 August 2019 a £500 apprentice support grant is being piloted by CITB for small businesses taking on apprenticeships to help with initial costs. The support grant will be made available to all employers who pay no levy, or the reduced rate of levy, for every apprentice that starts college or begins an apprenticeship with ano ... more

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Roofing firms business partners sentenced

29 September 2019 Email this article

Two business partners of a Salisbury based roofing firm have been sentenced following unsafe work at bowls club. Swindon Magistrates’ Court heard how between 23 April and 7 May 2018 workers of CB Roofing were seen working on the roof with unsafe access, no edge protection and nothing to prevent falls through the fragile roof material. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive ( ... more

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Facelift flashback to 2013 and the blue cock in Trafalgar Square...

4 September 2019 Email this article

German artist Katharina Fritzch was behind the oversized rooster, which was 4.7 metres tall and painted a deep matt blue. The statue on the 4th plinth was unveiled by the then Mayor and now Prime Minster Boris Johnson. Full story here ... more

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FMB - We must have a BREXIT deal - Small business already hit..

4 September 2019 Email this article

The Government must bring an end to the threat of ‘no deal’ and give clarity to UK businesses by securing a new deal with the EU, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), in response to the Construction PMI data released today. The data shows construction output has contracted again in August for the fourth month in a row, and new orders fell at the fastest pace for ... more

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Look out - Look up...

4 September 2019 Email this article

On average, one person dies or is seriously injured each month as a result of contact with overhead power lines. Data from the Health & Safety Executive shows that one in four of these cases (26%) will involve a lorry driver, making construction and road haulage workers at extreme risk of fatal injury in the workplace. To help reduce the number of fatalities amongst lorry drivers, the UK&rs ... more

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Construction safety event - September

4 September 2019 Email this article

Working Well Together are holding a free Safe Excavation event on Thursday the 19th of September 2019, 08:30 to 13:00, at the Construction, Skills & Innovation Centre (CSIC), Bridgwater and Taunton College in Bridgwater TA5 2LS. The construction industry has taken huge strides forward with regards to Safety and Health within the construction industry. There is still significant opportunity to ... more

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