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.

Alarming lack of awareness about fire door safety

fire door safety

Despite the tragedy of the Grenfell fire in London last summer, an online poll has revealed that 50% of tradespeople don’t feel confident in advising customers on fire door safety. Despite extensive media coverage about the dangers of inadequate fire protection in offices and homes since the disaster, less than 20% of tradespeople polled have seen an increase in demand …

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Almost a quarter of Brits concerned about the quality of new build homes

Small builders

Nearly a quarter (24%) of people consider a lack of quality of build to be a major disadvantage of buying a new build home over an older property, according to a recent survey by BLP Insurance, a specialist residential warranty and commercial latent defects insurer. People living in the north of England (29%) were more likely to view a lack …

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PREVIEW: Skill Builder takes a sneak peek at Snickers new work trousers

Snickers new work trousers

Roger Bisby takes a look at Snickers brand new Workwear 6241 Stretch Trousers with Holster Pockets which are available from September 2018. Workwear goes street smart in these stretchy work trousers that feature slimmer legs for a clean, technical look. Stretch Cordura at the knees combined with a 4-way stretch at the back provides great flexibility and comfort. Features include: …

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Roof tile colour & texture matching service

roof tile colour

Klober is offering a vent tile matching and granulation service to help roofing contractors and developers achieve the highest aesthetic possible for their roofs. The service allows customers to achieve a consistent finish across potentially conspicuous components and the roof as a whole, to deliver a top-quality look, especially on higher end developments. Customers submit a sample of tile to …

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Pressure to go to university worsening skills crisis, says FMB

Pressure to go to university

Half of the UK’s 18-24 year olds feel pressurised to go to university. This problem has become more pronounced, with this age group having been four times more likely to experience pressure to study for a degree than +55 year olds, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).  Key results from the FMB’s research into people’s …

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Day in the life: Stuart Roache (Screwfix top tradesperson 2018)

Stuart Roache

Skill Builder’s ‘Day in the life’ feature takes a look at a typical day in the life of different tradespeople. In this installment, we talk to Plumber/Carpenter and married father of three Stuart Roache, the winner of Screwfix’s Top Tradesperson 2018. After deciding on a career change at the age of 30 Stuart trained at night college for six-years before becoming …

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Builder destroys newly built cottages as revenge for not being paid

Builder destroys

A disgruntled builder has destroyed a £2.5 million row of newly built cottages in a dispute over pay.  Neighbours are said to have seen the man laughing and taking photos while he began demolishing the buildings. According to the sun neighbours confronted the builder, concerned their homes would be next but the builder said he was only damaging properties on …

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‘Climate control’ workwear

Climate control

Warmer weather brings with it a need for tradespeople to be cool and dry – to maintain well being and working efficiency. That’s why Snickers’ new working clothes for the summer uses 37.5 fabric technology which is really good at ‘wicking’ moisture away from the body and keeping you dry. In the Snickers Workwear FLEXIWork, LITEWork and RUFFWork product families, there’s NEW …

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Construction still most dangerous industry, particularly for older workers

construction

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has this week released its annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2017/18, which has shown an increase in workplace fatalities with the highest number of fatal injuries occuring in the construction industry. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal injuries revealed that 144 workers were fatally injured between April 2017 and March 2018 …

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Firms dash to comply with new electrical wiring regs

new electrical wiring regs

Develop Training Ltd (DTL), is warning that firms will face a dash for compliance when new electrical wiring regulations are released next month. DTL says many firms will be caught unawares by the scope of the changes in the new British Standard requirements for electrical installations. The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s 18th Edition Wiring Regulations, which form the basis …

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