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.

The What Knot – Secure ropes without tying knots

What Knot

In this latest video from Skill Builder Georgina Bisby provides a demonstration of the What Knot, a device that connects ropes easily and safely without the need to tie knots. The What Knot from Just Right Products allows you to tie ropes in seconds with a simple twist and untie with the press of a button and twist. The device …

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New guidance on podium steps safety

podium steps safety

Throughout 2017, PASMA, the trade association for the international mobile access tower industry, will be making buyers, owners and users of low-level work platforms (LLWPs) – commonly referred to as pulpits and podium steps – aware of the recently published product standard BS 8620: 2016. Designs for LLWPs had originally been developed in the absence of a formal specification, and …

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National shortage of roofers, sparks & plasterers

shortage of roofers

The skills shortage in the construction industry has got worse and has now spread beyond bricklayers and carpenters to other key trades, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB’s State of Trade Survey for Q4 2016 shows that: Almost half of construction SMEs are reporting difficulties hiring roofers (46%) Shortages of electricians and …

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Schools must do more to promote careers in construction

careers in construction

With growing demand for building services, an ageing population and a lack of fresh talent coming in, the construction industry has a momentous few years ahead of it. In an age where youngsters are swayed by eye-catching tech jobs, it’s arguably getting much harder to nurture the next generation of tradespeople. Building services provider Novus Property Solutions conducted a survey …

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Win a Ford Transit with Hope Cement

Win a Ford Transit

Following the unveiling of its new high-performing bagged product range, Hope Cement has developed a novel incentive scheme that rewards builders merchants and professional builders. Accessed through the Hope Cement smartphone App, the loyalty scheme is said to be the first of its kind, using a new approach to drive traffic into merchants’ stores and help to grow their business. …

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Screwfix launches new catalogue

Screwfix launches new catalogue

Screwfix has released the latest edition of its catalogue, which features more ‘Trade Rated’ products than ever before – an independent accolade, showing they are rated highly by other trade customers. All products ordered via the catalogue are available for next day delivery seven days a week, or via its Click & Collect service, which allows goods to be picked-up …

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Roofing contractor fined for failing to protect workers

A roofing contractor has been fined after putting the lives of two employees at risk while working at height without protection against falls. The employees of MW Roofing (NW) Ltd where removing a chimney on a two storey house, at the site on Bertha Road, Rochdale, when they were seen accessing the roof via a cat ladder. While waste material …

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Skill Builder meets Checkatrade

Checkatrade highlights

Skill Builder meets Kevin Byrne founder of  Checkatrade to find out what makes his organisation tick. The number of  initiatives introduced to curtail the activities of  rogue building trades over the years has been plentiful. It seems like the beast that will not die. Selsey based Checkatrade stands among the few that, have not only stayed the course, but, appear …

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Kemper System provides solution for Chester Zoo’s Monsoon Forest

Kemperol 2K-PUR

Waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, has provided the roofing solution for a hot and humid environment in the heart of leafy Cheshire at Chester Zoo’s £40m ‘Islands’ development. The company’s solvent-free Kemperol 2K-PUR cold liquid-applied waterproofing membrane has been used for the roof of the ‘Tree House’, which will form a covered walkway for visitors under a giant polymer dome – …

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Construction products market continues to grow

Construction Product Association

Sales in the UK construction products manufacturing market continued to climb for a consecutive fifteenth quarter in Q4 of 2016, according to figures published in the Construction Product Association’s latest State of Trade Survey. The construction products manufacturing industry has an annual turnover of £55 billion, directly providing jobs for 288,000 people across 22,000 companies. Products range from ‘heavy side’ …

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