Georgina Bisby

Georgina Bisby
Georgina Bisby is a journalist and editor with extensive experience covering construction and industrial news and technology, including a particular focus on health and safety, energy and environmental issues.

Professional hoodie range

Snickers hoodies

Snickers has released a new range of knitted hoodies for professional craftsmen and women. The range includes ‘Full Zip’ and ‘Over-Head’ options and they’re the ideal combination with Snickers’ First and Second Layer Undergarments and can comfortably be worn under a jacket on chilly days. With a contemporary design, four colour options and a double-lined hood for extra warmth, these …

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Decking ideas – the surprising benefits of composite decking

composite decking

  Skill Builder Editor Georgina Bisby shares her findings about developments in composite decking products. Like many man-made products the look and feel of composite decking has come a long way in recent years. Until now I had always seen composite decking as a compromise; sacrifice the look of timber decking for the convenience of a composite product but this …

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Construction slave-owner jailed for seven years

slave

A Romanian man who enslaved up to 15 men, offering demolition work and then using violence to trap them, has been jailed for seven years. David Lupu, 29, promised the men £50 per day as well as accommodation, but instead paid them just a fraction of the wage, housed them in cramped conditions and confiscated their ID papers. Metropolitan Police …

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Baxi launches first of its kind weather sensor

Baxi IFOS

Baxi has officially launched the pioneering IFOS (In Flue Outdoor Sensor), which is designed to help make Boiler Plus compliance simple and cost-effective. The patented Baxi IFOS clips onto the air duct of the horizontal flue terminal, resulting in a straightforward install which takes just minutes. Crucially, this placement also means that there is no need to fit the sensor …

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Building contractor jailed after house collapse in Brighton

house collapse

A building contractor has been sentenced following an incident in February 2015 in which a house in Brighton partially collapsed. Hove Crown Court heard how builder Glen Peters (trading as Brow Builders) undermined the structural integrity of the house by digging out the basement. He then failed to act on the advice of a structural engineer on how to remedy …

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Big builders sign up for Stop. Make a Change 2018

Stop. Make a Change 2018

Some of the UK’s biggest building companies have signed up to take part in the country’s largest construction health & safety stand down. Wates, McLaren and Seddon are among new faces that will take part in Stop. Make a Change in 2018. The initiative was launched in 2017 to bring the industry together to improve health and safety performance. In …

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Poundland tools – are they worth the cash?

Poundland tools

Ahead of the biggest DIY weekend of the year – the great Easter break – Skill Builder Editor, Georgina Bisby has been trying out some Poundland tools to see what you can get for your money. Georgina tries out a spirit level, hammer, screwdriver set, junior hacksaw and some tape measures to see which ones are a steal and which …

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How to install a rainwater harvesting system

Paul Gormley talks through the process of installing a rainwater harvesting system. A rainwater harvesting system collects water from a house’s roof to be used in the garden or for some domestic appliances. A rainwater harvesting system can be installed to save water, or planners may ask for a system to be installed to help with potential local flooding issues. …

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Keyless van theft increases in 2017 with Ford Transit still most stolen

van theft

According to recovery figures from TRACKER, 82% of Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) were stolen without the owner’s keys in 2017 –  up by nearly 100% compared to 2016 (44%).  The Ford Transit was again the most popular van stolen last year and are said to have accounted for over half of the LCV recoveries made by TRACKER. “Keyless entry technology …

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Women need more shoes: Why we’re talking about footwear on International Women’s Day

Dr Martens

On International Women’s Day Georgina Bisby shares her findings after trying out some safety boots from Dr Martens new women’s range and discusses the problems women face finding good fitting PPE. It’s International Women’s Day 2018 and as I’ve been trying out some new womens safety footwear from Dr Martens over the past few months, today seemed like the perfect …

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