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Skills shortages hit more than half of mid-sized firms

25 June 2015 Email this article

Skills shortages are holding back more than half of medium-sized construction firms, according to new research from insurance group Zurich. Some 53% of mid-sized businesses said the lack of trained staff was affecting their ability to take on work, with bricklayers and carpenters cited as being particularly in demand.  The poll, for which 200 medium-sized building firms were contacted, sugge ... more

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Call to tackle construction card fraud

25 June 2015 Email this article

One in five of those responsible for checking cards on construction sites have seen fake certification cards for construction workers in the past year, according to a new survey from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). This means that there is a huge risk that unqualified workers are employed on the nation’s construction si ... more

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Quarter of workers ‘keen to retrain’

25 June 2015 Email this article

New data from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has shown that almost a quarter of British workers have thought about retraining or switching to a different career over the last year. The study suggested that many Britons want physical activity and time spent outdoors to form part of their working day - two things which construction roles can provide. Some 13% of the respondents to the sur ... more

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The construction industry needs YOU, CIOB tells military leavers

25 June 2015 Email this article

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has identified ex-service personnel as a group that could become the next generation of construction managers. Military qualifications such as an HNC in Military Clerk of Works or Design Draftsman Class 1 are already recognised by the CIOB for its membership programmes. To highlight the opportunities available in construction, the CIOB is running a s ... more

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Traffic commissioner in Scotland bans plant hire boss

25 June 2015 Email this article

Scotland's traffic commissioner, Joan Aitken, has revoked the licence of Micro Plant Ltd to operate HGVs and made an order to disqualify director Stewart Rae from operating vehicles for two and a half years. Miss Aitken also refused to give Mr Rae's other firms, S&G Rae Agricultural Ltd and Forestry Contractors Ltd, permission to run vehicles from his West Riverside Farm in Carron Valley, ... more

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HSE launches new workplace health expert committee

25 June 2015 Email this article

HSE has appointed a new committee to provide independent expert knowledge and advice on workplace health. The workplace health expert committee (WHEC) will be made up of nine members who will provide expert opinion on emerging issues and trends, new evidence relating to existing issues and, on the quality and relevance of the evidence base on workplace health issues. Working under the leader ... more

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Firm fined after fall from moulding machine

25 June 2015 Email this article

A die casting and injection moulding firm has been sentenced after an employee fell from one of its machines, suffering severe injuries. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard was told that Mr Sekou Camara had been working on top of the machine at Lesney Industries Ltd at the request of his supervisor- in order to clean the hopper, in preparation for a change of material used in the machine ... more

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Farm sentenced after skylight fall

25 June 2015 Email this article

A farm company was sentenced last month after admitting safety failures after a worker falling five and a half meters through an abattoir skylight as he cleaned the gutters in June 2014. Eastbourne magistrates heard Mr Bus was given a ladder that proved too short for the task so he went around to the other side of the building where a set of stairs gave him access to the roof of the abattoir. ... more

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Warwickshire firm fined after worker fell from scaffolding

25 June 2015 Email this article

Roger Smith Installations Limited of Warwickshire has been prosecuted after a worker fell four metres causing bleeding on the brain, damage to his lungs and ribs. The incident happened at a residential address in Cubbington on 3 April 2014, when an employee of the company fell whilst working on a soffit and fascia installation. The platform he was working on fell from the ladder brackets which ... more

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Ascendant & Light Power Ltd get ready to illuminate the Midlands

25 June 2015 Email this article

In May, Ascendant, Facelift’s manufacturing arm, received an order for two brand new Ascendant 12.5m, 3.5t self-drive van mounted access platforms from Light Power Ltd, a rapidly expanding specialist lighting and highway services company based in Birmingham. Light Power Ltd wanted to add some van mounted platforms to their fleet in order to support their growth and workload. Discussi ... more

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