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Skills card fraud comes under the spotlight

3 April 2015 Email this article

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) have announced that they will be working together to analyse how widespread the issue of card fraud is in the UK. The process will start with an industry-wide survey aimed at assessing card scheme fraud and how thorough card checking procedures are on sites up and down the UK. The survey will ... more

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Jail for plant hire fraudsters

3 April 2015 Email this article

Four men from London have been jailed for a total of 20 years after HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) discovered they had stolen £4 million in VAT and laundered it through a number of bank accounts – including that of a deceased colleague. It was found that the group fraudulently manipulated the accounts of their haulage and heavy plant hire business in order to hide millions of pound ... more

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£1.5 million fund launched to give small firms productivity boost

3 April 2015 Email this article

Construction companies could be among the firms to benefit from a new £1.5 million fund set up to help small businesses boost productivity. This is part of the UK Futures Programme, which is run by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). According to the latest government figures, the UK has the lowest levels of productivity of all the G7 nations except Japan, with out ... more

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Cherrypicker to the rescue in Mumbai

3 April 2015 Email this article

A cherrypicker had its moment in the spotlight in Mumbai last month, when it was brought out to rescue stranded rail passengers.   Monorail passengers in the Indian city  came to a standstill for four hours on Sunday morning due to a power failure. When efforts to pull the stranded train to the nearest station failed, a cherry picker was brought in to launch a rescue mission. It brought ... more

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Facelift passes Achilles Link Up Audit

3 April 2015 Email this article

Facelift has just passed the Achilles Link Up rail audit, which allows it to sponsor its own staff to work on the trackside of railways. One of the world’s leading global supply chain risk management companies, Achilles collects, validates and maintains essential supplier data through an online questionnaire. This information then allows buying organisations to understand the risks in their ... more

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Housebuilding sector ‘worth £19 billion’ to UK economy, says HBF

3 April 2015 Email this article

Building homes creates £19.2 billion a year for the UK, as well as bringing less obvious benefits that help society as a whole, the survey by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) has found. It raises around £1.4 billion a year in tax revenues, while in 2014 it also led to some 6,500,000 trees and shrubs being planted, creating greener, more sustainable environments for communities to en ... more

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New late payment rules promised for 2016

3 April 2015 Email this article

The current coalition government said that it if it retains power after the general election, it will bring forward legislation to make large companies publish information on how promptly they pay their suppliers. This new legislation would be expected to come into force in April 2016. Due to strong support from all political parties, it is thought that this legislation is likely to be introduce ... more

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Leeds trader’s suspended jail sentence over asbestos exposure

3 April 2015 Email this article

A Leeds trader has been given a suspended jail sentence after exposing a household and workers to potentially dangerous levels of asbestos fibres at a home in Bramhope. Clive Raper, 49, trading as Bramley Asbestos Removals, took on a job to remove asbestos insulating board from the garage of a couple’s home despite the fact that he did not hold the legal licence required to carry out the sp ... more

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Toy firm and builder in court over warehouse roof death

3 April 2015 Email this article

A Lancashire-based toy distributor and a builder have been sentenced after a worker plunged to his death through a warehouse roof. Craig Gray, 39, from Fleetwood, had been helping to clear debris from the roof when he fell nine metres through a fragile plastic panel at Halsall Toys Europe Ltd in July 2012. The company and builder David Plant were both prosecuted by the HSE today, 20 March 2015 ... more

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Westfield in court over worker’s fall

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The owners of the Westfield shopping centres have been fined after a worker suffered a fractured shoulder in a fall during construction of a roof extension at White City mall. Westfield Shoppingtowns Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident at the west London complex in December 2013. Westminster Magistrates heard that the company was also the princi ... more

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