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Two teens arrested after cherry picker incident

2 November 2014 Email this article

Two Grimsby teenagers were arrested earlier this month after reports that one lifted the other 50ft into the air using a cherry picker parked up outside a pub. Humberside Police confirmed that two males, aged 16 and 17, had been arrested on Monday night after reports that the pair had interfered with the machinery at the rear of Wingate Parade, near the town’s Willows Estate. Discussing the ... more

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UCATT fear employee screening could lead to blacklisting

2 November 2014 Email this article

The Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) have called for the postponement of a new employee screening scheme because it fears it might be used to blacklist construction workers. This comes after the National Federation of Builders (NFB) announced a tie-up with outsourcing company Mitie to “provide employee screening, background checks and lone worker solutions to i ... more

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Forged IPAF membership discovered after tender

2 November 2014 Email this article

A fraudulent IPAF “membership” came to light last month after a former member, EGI Platforms, produced a letter, ostensibly from IPAF, in support of a tender application for work in Brazil. The firm had in fact been expelled from the organisation in 2007 for non-payment of membership dues, and the letter itself was a forgery.  ... more

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HSE statistics highlight workplace dangers

2 November 2014 Email this article

Figures published today show that while Britain continues to be one of the safest places to work in Europe, too many workers are still being injured or made ill by work.  Injury and ill-health statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that an estimated 28.2 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2013/14.  As a result, the co ... more

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'Not on Your Life', says PASMA

2 November 2014 Email this article

A new campaign run by industry body PASMA, on the dangers of using unsafe towers, is set to take centre stage from 10-14 November, when trade body PASMA will hold its second national Tower Week. Central to the week’s activities will be highlighting its ‘Not on Your Life’ campaign, which aims to explain what makes a safe or unsafe tower, and comes with its own dedicated website ... more

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House-building recovery ‘reveals skill gaps’

2 November 2014 Email this article

According to experts from the National House Building Council (NHBC), activity in the sector has now reached its strongest level in seven years. In total, some 107,017 house-building registrations were recorded by the NHBC between the start of the year and September. This represents a 6% improvement in year-on-year terms. The result also represents the strongest year-to-date total witnessed by ... more

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Home owners set to spend £6 billion on property upgrades

2 November 2014 Email this article

Nearly a third of UK home owners are looking to carry out work on their home in the next three years, with up to £6 billion in projected works planned annually, according to a new study from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). And in good news for the industry, almost 40% of these are set to be major refurbishments, including new kitchens, new bathrooms and home extensions, while small ... more

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NFRC unveils updated GRO Code for green roofing

2 November 2014 Email this article

Supported by The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) - the UK’s largest roofing trade association – the Green Roof Organisation (GRO) has unveiled a new and updated GRO Code for green roofing. The revised code is designed to provide assistance for anyone who is involved in the design, specification, installation or maintenance of green roofing. First published in 2011, t ... more

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Burnley College in court over employee’s life-long injuries

2 November 2014 Email this article

£20,000 after an employee was severely injured when he fell three metres while changing an air filter on an extraction system. The sixth form and further education college was prosecuted by the HSE after an investigation found it had failed to ensure the work was carried out safely, despite specialising in teaching health and safety courses. Preston Crown Court heard that the 63-year-o ... more

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Dangerous roof work caught on camera

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A builder has been fined after two of his workers were photographed on a house roof in Burnley without safety measures in place. Mohammed Yasin, who trades as Southfield Property Maintenance, was prosecuted by the HSE following the incident at a semi-detached house on Matlock Grove on 10 April 2014. Burnley Magistrates’ Court heard a passing HSE inspector spotted the men installing a ... more

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