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.

Challenging perceptions of fall protection: The V-SHOCK Self-Retracting Lifeline

V-SHOCK

It’s not uncommon to see construction workers working at height without fall protection, particularly on small sites, where workers worry complex, cumbersome equipment will slow them down. MSA Safety is challenging this perception of fall protection with its new V-SHOCK, a self-retracting lifeline for building contractors designed with simplicity and robustness in mind.  Karl Jones, Global Industrial Design Leader at MSA …

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The Extension Project – Part 1 (Setting out footings for an extension)

Setting out footings for an extension

The Extension Project is a brand new series from Skill Builder following the build of a side and rear extension on a semi-detached house. In the first instalment of the series Roger provides an overview of the project and explains the setting out process. Setting out footings for an extension “It’s very important when you’re building anything that you set …

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Builder fined after father and son seriously injured in fall from height

worker set on fire

A builder has been sentenced after three workers, including a father and son, fell almost five metres when a work platform became disconnected from a telehandler. Hull Magistrates’ Court heard that on 1 December 2015, Mr Jeremy Waudby was hired to construct a new chicken shed at Argham Fields Farm, Burton Fleming Driffield. He subcontracted a cladding company (A L …

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Simple precautions could have prevented roofer’s fall

worker set on fire

A construction company has been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries after a fall from height which could have been prevented with simple precautions, such as a robust cover or scaffolding. Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 22 October 2015, a sub-contractor working for King Builders (Gloucester) Ltd, suffered fractured vertebrae, chest and head injuries after falling through an …

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Insurance Associaton calls for overhaul of Building Regulations including a ban on combustible cladding

ban on combustible cladding

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has called for a change to the confusing and outdated fire safety regulations and a clearer framework of responsibility for all those in the protection of buildings from fire. Responding to Independent Review on Building Regulations and Fire Safety, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, the ABI says action is required by the government to …

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DeWalt Mega Kit giveaway & Faithfull Screwdriver Set review

Faithfull Screwdriver Set review

Skill Builder has once again teamed up with Real Deals for You to take a look at a selection of products from their Christmas campaign and bring you news of a major competition; Real Deals for You is giving away 12 DeWalt Mega Kits worth £1899 each.  In the first installment of this series Roger Bisby provides details of how …

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Construction workers spend 130 hours a year drinking tea

drinking tea

A survey of UK workers in the construction industry carried out by household appliances retailer, AppliancesDirect.co.uk, has revealed that builders spend on average 130 hours annually taking tea breaks. This is 20.34 hours more than the average British worker who spends 109.66 hours annually making tea. The research, which looked in to the building workplace eating and drinking habits, found …

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Hard hat or bump cap?

Hard hat or bump cap

What’s the difference between hard hats and bump caps and how do you know when to wear each one? Test your knowledge in our Skill Builder quiz in association with Scott Safety.   

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Construction workers think Brexit will hit government infrastructure projects and ‘intensify skills crisis’, research shows

Construction workers

More than 80 per cent of construction workers believe Brexit will damage the UK’s industry and prevent high-profile government infrastructure projects from being delivered, a new study suggests. Researchers at Birmingham City University have been examining the views of people working in the sector to see how they believe jobs, projects and industry will be impacted by Britain’s withdrawal from …

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Solecco Solar launches solar roof tile at UK Construction Week

solar roof tile

Solecco Solar is launching its solar roof tile solution at UK Construction Week this week. The eco-conscious brand has also chosen the event to launch its new website www.soleccosolar.com. The Solecco Solar solution is integrated into roofing via a unique interlocking method, with tiles fitting flush and seamlessly on up to 98% of roof surface area. The zero-glass system has …

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