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Death wish in Donegal

2 August 2015 Email this article

The website Vertikal recently added another story to its ‘Death Wish Series’ which gives dishonourable mention to flagrant disregard for safety while working at height. The picture shows a man, thought to be in Donegal, Ireland, using his van, a plank, and an empty drinks crate to form a makeshift work platform in order to paint the upper floor of a bistro. Creative, but most definite ... more

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London plant emissions clampdown just five weeks away

2 August 2015 Email this article

  From 1st September 2015, all plant on Greater London construction sites will have to at least meet the Stage IIIA standards for NOx and particulate matter (PM) emissions. The new rules will apply to non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) of net power between 37kW and 560kW. The engine emissions standards, familiar to all plant owners, are set out in the EU Directive 97/68/EC. In practice, ... more

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PASMA annual review available online

2 August 2015 Email this article

The annual report of the Prefabricated Access Suppliers & Manufacturers Association (PASMA) is now available to read online. The report was launched at the body’s Annual Members’ Meeting, held on 3 July at Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire, and contains reports from key people within PASMA as well as an in-depth look at all areas of the association’s work. View the PASMA report&n ... more

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Up to 20% off full courses booked in August

2 August 2015 Email this article

If you book a course in full, we'll give you up to 20% off our standard rates. The course can be made up of individuals from any number of businesses, as long as you have full attendance we will discount the entire group by up to 20%. Offer applies to all training courses booked in August. Please contact us for more information: Book a full course ... more

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Business leaders urge rethink on zero carbon homes axe

2 August 2015 Email this article

Business leaders have signed an open letter urging the Chancellor to reconsider scrapping the zero carbon homes target, as outlined in the Government’s Fixing the Foundations report. Co-ordinated by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), the letter has been signed by directors and executives from 246 organisations, including Lend Lease, Sir Robert McAlpine, Bouygues, BuroHappold, Willm ... more

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Call for firms to recruit workers from disadvantaged groups

2 August 2015 Email this article

Construction firms are being urged to back a campaign aimed at transforming the way businesses recruit, while encouraging them to take on more people from disadvantaged groups. See Potential, launched by the Department for Work and Pensions, is rallying employers to tap into the skills of people including ex-offenders, those overcoming homelessness or addiction, and care leavers. It is b ... more

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Planning reforms could ramp up housebuilding

2 August 2015 Email this article

Major reforms of the planning system aimed at ramping up housebuilding have been revealed and could lead to a raft of new jobs in construction. In a bid to boost the number of new homes, Chancellor George Osborne has announced that developers will automatically be given permission to build on suitable disused industrial land. The measures, part of the Fixing the Foundations initiative aimed ... more

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Construction firms sentenced after worker death

2 August 2015 Email this article

A national construction firm and a glazing contractor have been sentenced after pleading guilty to safety breaches after a worker fell to his death from a store front in Exeter. Philip Evans was working for specialist construction company London Fenestration Trades Ltd, which was contracted by principal contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine to undertake remedial repair works to a glass façade ... more

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Cleaning company fined for putting workers lives at risk

2 August 2015 Email this article

A Sheffield property and cleaning company was fined for breaching Work at Height regulations.  Turbo Property and Cleaning Services Ltd of Wade Street, Sheffield was issued with a Prohibition Notice in November 2014 after an employee was found to be working on a fragile roof with no protection measures in place to prevent them from falling.  The company was then found to have breac ... more

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A cheque for £100 goes to Will McKee our F100 Winner

2 August 2015 Email this article

Congratulations to Will McKee, Operations manager for Capital Pleasure Boats Limited, July's winner of our F100 competition. Will commented 'We hired one of your nifty 170 machine to carry out inspection works on Charing Cross bridge and Temple pier on London's River Thames, this machine was onboard one of our multipurpose vessel the MVP Shakeddog throughout the works and as always was 1 ... more

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