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.

How can PAS 402 help reduce waste in your building project?

PAS 402

Once a building project is completed, does the waste from the site get re-used and recycled or is it straight to the landfill? The industry standard PAS 402 is helping construction firms meet their waste management targets. Reconomy explains more.  PAS 402 is a strict code of conduct that certifies that all construction and demolition materials go into skips that …

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The tool that draws square holes set to debut at Toolfair 2017

tool that draws square holes

QUADSAW, the tool that drills square holes, will be demonstrated in public for the first time, at the Toolfair tradeshow in Harrogate, UK on 24-25 May. Almost every construction project requires square holes for electrical sockets and other boxes but for years electricians have struggled to create them with rulers, pencils and handsaws. QUADSAW solves this problem thanks to its …

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Groundworker killed by reversing vehicle

worker set on fire

A construction company and its groundwork contractor have been fined after a worker was killed by a reversing vehicle. Exeter Crown Court heard how an employee of Steve Hoskin Construction Limited (SHCL) was working for the groundwork contractor at a construction site in Dawlish, Devon when he was crushed by a reversing telescopic material handler. John Small, 47-years old, was …

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Labour right to link housing and skills says FMB

CITB's last chance

The Labour Party’s proposal to link up housing and skills policy would be the right approach for a post-Brexit UK, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the publication of the Labour Party’s manifesto. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: ​“Labour’s pledge to integrate housing and skills policy is the right approach to tackling …

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Crossrail creates hard-hitting health & safety video resource

Crossrail is encouraging construction firms large and small to make use of a series of videos that have been created for the Crossrail project which focus on some of the health impacts and safety risks faced by construction workers. The six films use different fictional scenarios to depict realistic situations, which could happen when basic health and safety controls are …

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Manufacturer urges people to choose face masks with built-in face fit checking

built-in face fit checking

Just like voters in the forthcoming General Election, you have a choice, says PPE manufacturer JSP. You can choose mask such as the JSP Force8 half mask fitted which includes PressToCheck P3 Filters –  which enables wearers to check their face-fit –  or you can choose a mask without this option. Winner of the 2014 BSIF Product Innovation of the …

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Festool teams up with British Lung Foundation to promote healthier workplaces

festool cycling shirts

Festool, the supplier of high-end power tools and accessories, has teamed up with the British Lung Foundation (BLF) to provide top quality cycling tops as a fundraising initiative. With carpenters four times more likely to contract asthma compared to other workers, Festool has previously promoted the importance of safer dust-free working conditions with the help of the BLF at last …

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Final farewell for landmark Potterton boiler

Potterton boiler

The last ever Potterton boiler to come off the production line in parent company Baxi’s factory in Warwick has been put into retirement, 17 years after first being installed in the cellar of a Scotland home. The Potterton Profile boiler was discovered by engineers from Gas Call Services when homeowner Alistair decided it was time to install a modern replacement. …

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Construction safety fines soar following legislation change

worker set on fire

Companies across the UK have been forced to pay out over £61m in health and safety fines throughout 2016 with the construction sector seeing fines double according to law firm BLM’s health and safety tracker. Research conducted by the insurance and risk law firm found that fines for the construction industry jumped from £6,644,807 in 2015 to £13,636,346 in 2016 …

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Why should the construction sector embrace digital?

power tools smartphone

Colin Yates, chief operating officer at WorkMobile, the mobile data capture solution, discusses some of the benefits construction companies can reap from ‘going digital’. The construction sector has been slow to join the tech race. Recent research has found that construction companies are struggling to harness the power of mobile and automation technology, data and analytics and robotics – just 8% of …

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