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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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PAL Card unaffected by CSCS announcement

31 January 2015 Email this article

IPAF has confirmed that its PAL Card will continue to be accepted by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) and Government bodies as proof of appropriate training in the use of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). The confirmation follows a statement issued by the Strategic Forum noting that members of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) have decided to specify and promote occupational card ... more

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Home improvement work on the cards for 2015, survey finds

31 January 2015 Email this article

More than half of the UK’s homeowners intend to invest in property improvements this year, according to a new survey from Ocean Finance. They reported that 54% of householders hope to conduct home improvements of some kind, which could mean a welcome boost for the construction industry. Discussing the report, Ian Williams, a spokesman for Ocean Finance, said that it remains costly for peo ... more

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New UK-GBC boss calls for green construction drive

31 January 2015 Email this article

Julie Hirigoyen, the new chief executive of the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), has urged green construction firms to work towards the mass roll-out of sustainable property solutions. She welcomed the fact that sustainability has risen up the corporate agenda to become a “mainstream concern for many organisations involved in the built environment” but argued that more must be don ... more

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Routine HSE inspection reveals major work at height risks

31 January 2015 Email this article

A construction company with a record of endangering the lives of its workers has been fined by the HSE once again for taking risks with working at height Inspectors who paid a routine visit to AM Construction Ltd’s site in West Bromwich, in May 2014 found men working on the first floor without scaffolding, edge protection, airbags or other fall prevention or mitigation measures. A Prohibit ... more

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