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.

Unite expresses concern over ‘dead-end’ construction courses

A freedom of information request by Unite, the union for construction workers, has uncovered that thousands of young people are being placed on so-called ‘dead-end’ classroom based construction courses. The figures obtained from the Government’s Skills Funding Agency, reveal the number of classroom based construction courses increased by 14 per cent last year, totally dwarfing the number of apprentices beginning …

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Contractor fined for asbestos failings

Construction boss jailed

A Bedfordshire based contractor has been fined after failing to carry out suitable assessment of asbestos removal work. Luton Magistrates Court heard how Anthony West was contracted to complete demolition work at a building in Biggleswade. West then had a pre-demolition asbestos survey carried out for the building. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had the demolition work reported to …

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Call for more firms to establish apprentice sponsorship schemes

During National Apprenticeship Week, David Jackson, Founder and Chairman for construction audit and contract provider, Hudson Contract urges more companies to support young talent and comments on the likely impact of the new Government Apprenticeship Levy. “With a lifetime of working in construction, I remain passionate about championing our industry as a great place to work and doing everything I …

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Real Deals for You: Leica laser review

Leica laser review

In this brand new series of videos Skill Builder is taking a look at a selection of new products from Real Deals for You, the consumer campaign which provides big brand tools at competitive prices through local independent retailers. Real Deals for You is a year-round campaign run by one of Europe’s leading hand and power tool distributors, Toolbank, and …

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Building firm fined for exposing workers to fall risk

Construction boss jailed

An Oldham based building firm has been fined for exposing its workers to dangerous work at height. An Inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued an immediate Prohibition Notice ordering Select Quality Homes Ltd to stop work at a site at Newmarket Road, Ashton under Lyne until workers had protection against falling from height. Manchester City Magistrates Court …

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New generation Isuzu D-Max pricing and range announced

New generation Isuzu D-Max

Isuzu has announced the range line up and pricing for its new generation D-Max which arrives in the UK this Spring. The range line up from the much-loved D-Max is retained; Utility, Eiger, Yukon, Utah and Blade with a range of single, extended and double cab variants available. Prices start from £15,749 The entry-level Utility D-Max, priced from £15,749 (CVOTR) …

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Makita chainsaws used in Star Wars commission

Makita 79cc

Darth Vader is a core character in George Lucas’ Star Wars films franchise appearing in all the key films in recent years and has been portrayed by numerous actors.  In the most recent Rogue One film this villainous part starred Welsh sporting hero, turned-actor, Spencer Wilding.  In taking this role Spencer had to maintain a contractual silence, even being unable …

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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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