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Milton Keynes firm fined after worker falls from height

27 July 2018 Email this article

A Milton Keynes-based company has been fined £1,200 and ordered to pay costs of £923.75 after an employee was injured when he fell from a roof. Reading Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 16 March 2017, an employee of Bailey Roofing (MK) was laying roof felt when he fell 8 metres from an unprotected edge. The worker suffered a fractured skull as a result. An investigation by th ... more

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Advanced Operator Training

27 July 2018 Email this article

Operators looking for more advanced and extensive training can opt to take the one-day PAL+ course. PAL+ is an additional one day of category-specific training aimed at operators working in higher risk or challenging environments. This is available to operators who hold an existing PAL card qualification in the relevant category. Contact us to book your training course. ... more

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CITB research highlights

2 July 2018 Email this article

New research from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has shown that recognising and boosting skills transferability needs to be part of the strategy for meeting the construction sector’s skills needs. And the report, ‘Construction and Built Environment: Skills Transferability in the UK’, found there will an even bigger need “to boost skills transferabilit ... more

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IPAF updates its global emergency lowering sticker

2 July 2018 Email this article

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has confirmed it has updated one of its most widely used global safety stickers for use on Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) – launching a redesign of the sticker that is applied to machines to indicate where the auxiliary ground controls are located in case of emergency. Discussing the change, Andrew Delahunt, IPAF’s Techn ... more

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CSCS to withdraw 100,000 Visitor cards

2 July 2018 Email this article

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is taking the next step towards ensuring that all CSCS cardholders achieve a qualification, by withdrawing the Construction Site Visitor card. The card was originally introduced for workers who often did not perform a construction role but visited site on a regular basis. CSCS has consulted with the industry to agree a plan that will pave t ... more

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CITB funding to train nearly 2,500 mental health first aiders for construction by 2020

2 July 2018 Email this article

The CITB has announced it has committed £500,000 to train 156 construction workers as mental health first aid instructors, improving the mental health and wellbeing of the British construction industry. The funding has been awarded to Building Mental Health - an industry initiative including Lendlease, Mace, Multiplex, Morgan Sindall and Laing O’Rourke via CITB’s Flexible ... more

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ARCA now issuing Supervisor CSCS Cards

1 July 2018 Email this article

The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) has announced that it will be making available Asbestos Removal Supervisor CSCS cards under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme. Temporary Red cards and 5-year Asbestos Removal Supervisor Gold cards, are now available from ARCA, both as physical and virtual smartcards. The Asbestos Removal Supervisor (Trained) red card is valid for three years ... more

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RoofCert accreditation available from the National Federation of Roofing Contractors

1 July 2018 Email this article

In a bid to combat unskilled and unexperienced people putting themselves and others in danger while completing roofing work, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors is working in partnership with the CITB to develop an accreditation programme. In a move helped to professionalise the roofing industry, RoofCert accreditation will prove that a contractor has the competency to carry ou ... more

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Boost for Thousands of Workers as Agreement Reached on Industry's Largest Pay Deal

1 July 2018 Email this article

Around 200,000 construction workers across the UK will see their pay packets rise following agreement between employers and unions. The Construction Industry Joint Council Working Rule Agreement is the largest of its kind in the industry. The agreement is negotiated between employers and union representatives from Unite and GMB. As part of the ground-breaking two year pay and conditions settleme ... more

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Road-rail access platform in moonlight flit

1 July 2018 Email this article

A road-rail access platform performed a moonlight flit earlier this month during an attempt to set it onto rails, reports the Construction Index. The magazine details how on Friday 8th June 2018, the road-rail maintenance vehicle ran away towards Bradford Interchange terminal station from the Britannia Street road-rail access point, with operator and machine controller in hot pursuit, shouti ... more

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