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.

Landlord given suspended prison sentence over gas failings

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A Durham landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence following his failure to maintain or check the gas fittings in one of his properties. A gas fire with back boiler at a tenanted property in Wilton Street, Middlesborough, was found to be immediately dangerous when examined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). HSE prosecuted Christopher Hobaiter after it was found that the …

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New approach to electrical safety training vital to save lives

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Develop Training Ltd (DTL), the UK training and consultancy specialist, warns that with more than 1,000 electricity-related accidents reported at work in the UK every year, a new approach to electrical safety training is needed to save lives. To raise industry awareness and to provide one clear voice for Authorising Engineers and Authorised Persons working in high voltage environments, DTL …

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Travis Perkins Innovation Awards winners announced

Travis Perkins Innovation Awards

A nationwide search for ground-breaking products designed to solve problems in the construction industry has resulted in the naming of six innovation champions to watch in 2017. The Travis Perkins Innovation Awards (TPIA), pioneered by the Travis Perkins – the UK distributor of building materials – is said to be the first of its kind for industry. The successful winners …

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Building contractor in court after worker killed by falling load

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A building contractor has been fined after a worker was killed when a load fell from a tower crane during a lifting operation in Colchester. Urban Summit Construction Ltd was the Principal Contractor on a construction site at King Edward Quay, Haven Road, Colchester, where 780 student accommodation apartments were being built. On 8 January 2014, during a lifting operation …

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HSS launch at £2.5bn Wood Wharf site

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HSS Hire, the tool and equipment hire company, has launched two new ‘pop-up’ shops at the new £2.5bn Canary Wharf district development site, giving the 470 construction workers on the site instant access to a huge range of tools and equipment. The multibillion pound complex in the Isle of Dogs, has been designed to provide a new residential led, mixed …

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Torbay plumber sentenced after illegal gas work

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An illegal gas fitter has been prosecuted after he installed a gas boiler and left it in a potentially dangerous state because he did not commission it. Mark Evans, aged 52, an unregistered plumber, fitted the gas boiler at a property on Denys Road, Torquay, after he was recommended to the homeowners by a family friend. The incident was investigated …

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Play it where it lays: Karndean flooring review

Karndean flooring review

Roger Bisby has a go at laying some Karndean flooring under the watchful eye of Karndean laying master Richard Daniels. It seems to me that once you have seen Karndean flooring and recognised its unique look, you just never stop seeing it. Undoubtedly it is the floor to be seen with. Karndean is clearly a company on a mission and …

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Makita introduces new 18v Brushless motor LXT drills

Makita DDF483 13mm drill driver

Makita has launched two new 18v Brushless motor LXT drills: the Makita DDF483 13mm drill driver and the Makita DHP483 combi drill.  Both new products are notable for their compact size: the drill driver has an overall body length of 162mm and the combi drill has a  176mm overall length. Both are ideally suited for tight space installation work, such …

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Skill Builder to launch Skill Builder Live

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With the Skill Builder website and YouTube channel going from strength to strength the team is really excited about the next step in the Skill Builder adventure – the launch of  Skill Builder Live which is a series of live streamed tool reviews. Through Skill Builder Live we will be bringing you product tests and evaluations from sites around the …

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New Makita dust extractor removes 99.9% of dust

Makita Dust Extractor

The new Makita Dust Extractor, the VC3012M M-Class Dust Extractor removes 99.9% of dust with Limit Value for occupational exposure >0.1mg/m³.  This means that the Makita dust extractor achieves performance levels better than the minimum legal limit for dust extraction when working with hazardous materials including silica sand in brick, masonry, concrete, gypsum and wood dusts and plastic composites. The …

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