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.

DeWalt XR FLEXVOLT demonstration

DeWalt XR FLEXVOLT

Roger visits the Professional Builder Live show at Alexandra Palace and finds out more about the new DeWalt XR FLEXVOLT battery technology with Mark Bippus. XR FLEXVOLT is a range of 54V power tools that offer runtime and performance which has never been seen before – for the first time, professional tradesmen can reliably undertake heavy-duty construction applications without the …

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ECA on look out for bright sparks

Power Players

A new industry-wide initiative, Power Players which will recognise some of the most talented individuals within building services engineering, has been announced by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA). The initiative is aimed at those up to 39 years of age, who have already made a positive impact in their respective organisations. To enter the initiative, individuals will simply need to send …

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Tackles damp that’s difficult to reach

damp-proof coatings

The Drybase range from Safeguard Europe – the UK specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology – has been designed for use when it is not possible to protect building materials and interior surfaces from the sources of dampness, like rain penetration or rising damp. The collection of damp-proof coatings, coverings coatings and membranes can be used for protection against a …

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Most in demand trades could see wages double

year for bricks

British construction must recruit over 400,000 people each and every year between now and 2021 – equivalent to one worker every 77 seconds – if it is to create the homes and infrastructure the nation needs, according to the latest report from Arcadis. Failure to address the skills gulf could even see the earnings of some tradespeople sky-rocketing inside a …

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Skanska to trial smart hard-hats

Smart Helmets

Skanska UK is to trial on site DAQRI Smart Helmets – industrial grade wearable technology that provides users with instant and relevant information, overlaid on their line of sight. Skanska is the first UK contractor to become part of DAQRI’s early adopter programme, building on the relationship that has grown between Skanska and DAQRI over recent years. The DAQRI Smart Helmet …

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Roofing boss prosecuted for worker’s fall

Lanscaping company fined

A self-employed businessman has been prosecuted after his employee fell from the flat roof of a building and died from his injuries. Manchester Crown Court heard how, on 22 December 2013, father of two, Jason Fogarty, a casual employee of Roy Hardaker (trading as 9 to 5 Roofing), was working on a flat roof replacement project. He was working alongside. …

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Makita refines Cosmos Diamond range and adds vacuum brazed wheels

Cosmos Diamond range

Makita’s diamond blade accessory range has been refined by reducing the number of options available in the Cosmos range but expanding the cutting performance of the diamond wheels to handle a greater range of materials. The Makita Cosmos series now features the Quasar, Comet and Nebula diamond wheels, in total providing 56 alternative cutting wheels. Top of the range Quasar …

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Westferry Printworks demolition begins in London’s Docklands

Westferry Printworks demolition

Westferry Printworks owner Northern & Shell and development manager Mace have this week started demolition of Westferry Printworks in London’s Docklands, paving the way for a new waterfront neighbourhood just minutes from Canary Wharf.  Richard Desmond, founder and owner of Northern & Shell, together with his wife Joy and son Valentine, were on site for the proceedings. The Westferry Printworks …

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CSCS to stop issuing CRO cards from 31st March 2017

CRO card holders

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is reminding industry to be prepared for the withdrawal of the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card. CSCS will stop issuing CRO cards from 31st March 2017 and all CRO cards issued since October 2015 will expire on 30th September 2017*. CSCS Head of Communications Alan O’Neile said: “The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) announced (via …

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Worker loses leg in “accident that should never have happened”

Lanscaping company fined

A Canvey Island engineering firm has been sentenced for health and safety breaches after a worker suffered life-changing injuries. Southend-on-Sea Magistrates’ Court heard that on 10 June 2015 Felix Trefas, 27, a welder for F. Brazil Reinforcements Ltd, was making large steel reinforcing cages which were moved by overhead travelling cranes. When one of these cranes broke down, a colleague …

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