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Construction apprentices earn more than university graduates, says research

1 November 2018 Email this article

Young people in the construction sector will go on to earn "thousands" more each year after apprenticeships while university graduates' salaries lag behind, according to industry research. The average bricklayer or roofer is earning £42,000 a year across the UK while former students typically earn £32,000 annually, according to a study by the FMB. The FMB research ... more

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HSE carries out site inspections throughout October

1 November 2018 Email this article

During last month, the HSE carried out around 1,000 construction site inspections, focusing on health issues and particularly asbestos and dust. The HSE estimates that there are around 8,000 work-related cancer deaths a year. The construction industry accounts for around 3,500 of these, with asbestos and silica the major causes. During the inspections, the HSE worked with site leaders to ... more

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Rescues at height made clearer thanks to new 'Rescue of Persons from MEWPs' safety plan.

1 November 2018 Email this article

A new concise safety document entitled ‘Rescue of Persons from MEWPs’ is now freely available. Published by the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG), the 10-page publication provides guidance to put plans in place to rescue powered access users if they ever become stranded at height. Discussing the guide, Kevin Minton, Chief Executive of the CPA, said: “We anticipate that ... more

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Have your say on training in plant hire

1 November 2018 Email this article

Members of the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) are invited to become involved in the CPA’s Training on Plant in Construction (TOPIC) Interest Group. It is hoping to hear from CPA members who are involved in training in the construction plant sector and would like to make their voices heard on issues such as the changing landscape of training, qualifications and card schemes. ... more

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Bridge repair costs have more than doubled because pigeon poo disguised rust

1 November 2018 Email this article

Council officials struck a deal for the work on Conwy Road Bridge in 2016. However, the costs shot up by £844,000 to £1.53m after an inspection revealed rust on the structure was hidden by the birds' droppings. Conwy council chief executive Iwan Davies said it was not possible to identify the extent of the works but a councillor said it was "disappointing". Gele wa ... more

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TfL could face independent probe over Crossrail

1 November 2018 Email this article

Transport for London (TfL) could face an independent probe into delays to Crossrail, it has emerged. Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority, revealed in a letter to Caroline Pidgeon that the watchdog was considering an investigation of TfL's handling of the project, according to construction news website Building. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling had earlier cl ... more

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Flashback: October 2012 – Facelift comes face-to-face with a Chinook

1 November 2018 Email this article

  Not many people can say they’ve come face-to-face with a Chinook in flight, but in October 2012, that’s just what happened to a member of the Facelift team. Working 35metres above the English countryside in a Bronto 34, he spotted the Chinook in the far distance, but it soon came close enough for him to be able to wave to those on board and take this picture. ... more

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Workers death highlights the importance of vehicle safety

1 November 2018 Email this article

A farming partnership has been fined after an employee was struck by a tractor, sustaining fatal head injuries. Carlisle Crown Court heard how, in January 2017, an employee of Wragmire Bank Farm, Cumwhinton, was knocked over by a moving tractor in the farmyard as he stepped out a door from the calf shed. The HSE’s investigation found that JS Wood and Son, the partnership that owned the f ... more

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HSE releases Great Britain's annual injury and ill health statistics

1 November 2018 Email this article

Too many workers in Britain’s workplaces are still being injured or made ill by their work, according to new research released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Their figures show that 1.4 million workers were suffering from work-related ill health and around 555,000 from non-fatal injuries in 2017/18. The annual statistics, compiled by HSE from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and ot ... more

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Steel fabricator fined after 19-year-old young construction worker falls from height

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A North Devon-based steel fabricator has been sentenced after a young employee fell through a fragile roof whilst at work. In August 2017, a 19-year-old employed by Mark Dayment, trading as Langaton Steel Fabrications, was on his first day of working on a roof replacement project at a petrol filling station in Barnstaple. Whilst assisting another worker, he took a few steps off the walkway ... more

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