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.

Company fined after scaffold collapse

stepladder fall

A Dorset based company has been fined after a scaffold collapsed at an industrial unit in Wallisdown, Poole. Poole Magistrates’ Court heard how Swanage and Dorset Scaffolding and Roofing Limited (SDSRL) had been contracted to erect scaffolding at the industrial unit in Alder Hills Business Park, Wallisdown, Poole to provide edge protection for work to be carried out on the …

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Win a B&B getaway worth £250 courtesy of Covers

Win a B&B getaway

Fancy a weekend getaway this autumn? To celebrate the arrival of Covers’ ‘Bread & Butter’ catalogue, which lists over 450 daily essential accessories, the timber and builders merchant is giving one lucky customer the chance to win a B&B getaway of their choice worth £250. To be in with a chance of winning, simply visit any Covers’ branch and complete …

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Ilfracombe landlord sentenced after endangering tenants with unsafe gas work

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The landlord of a property in Ilfracombe has been given a suspended sentence for risking the lives of his tenants by undertaking dangerous gas work. Exeter Crown Court heard that in September 2016 Allan King replaced a boiler at his rented property on Arcade Road despite have no training in gas work and not being registered with Gas Safe Register. …

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“Dust extraction has to be top priority for the trade”

Dust extraction

Jay Hounsell, a Herts-based carpenter and business owner, explains why he believes dust extraction should be the number one priority for everyone in the trade.    He says: “I’ve been working in the carpentry industry for 20-odd years. My new company – The Hertfordshire Kitchen Company – has been going for two years and is successfully placing itself in the …

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NSF International and the Indian Plumbing Skills Council (IPSC) sign agreement

Indian Plumbing Skills Council

Global public health organization NSF International and the Indian Plumbing Skills Council (IPSC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide local testing and certification services for the plumbing industry in India. This MOU will help improve the quality of Indian plumbing products and the skills of Indian plumbers through IPSC’s skill development initiatives under the aegis of the …

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£1m fine for Crossrail contractor following three incidents

stepladder fall

A joint venture comprising three companies established to support the Crossrail tunnel construction has been fined a total of more than £1m following three separate incidents on the project, including the death of a worker. Southwark Crown Court heard Renè Tkáčik died after being crushed by falling wet concrete on 7 March 2014. Two other men were injured following separate …

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Free expert advice and hot rolls on offer at builders merchant

Builders Merchant in Gosport

Covers Timber and Builders Merchant in Gosport will be hosting a free Trade Day on Monday 7th August. From 7.30am until 1pm, visitors to the branch, which is located on Gunners Way, will have the chance to meet a variety of experts from a range of top suppliers including ACO Drain, Brett Paving, Dale Windows, Icopal, K-Rend, Millboard Decking and …

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Business booming for concrete firm

concrete firm

A leading Midlands construction firm has unveiled record turnover, bucking the national trend which reported a 9% drop nationwide. Besblock, which has two factories in Telford producing award-winning concrete blocks, said turnover was up 65% year-on-year. It flies in the face of a national slump which was blamed for dragging down Q2 growth. Sales director Martin Fulwell said efficiencies in …

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Kier Living commits to creating new woodland to mitigate its carbon usage

carbon usage

As part of its new Greener Living campaign, which launches today, Kier Living, part of the Kier Group, has partnered with Forest Carbon, a company leading the way in voluntary carbon woodland creation in the UK, and has committed to planting 45,000 new trees by 2020 to offset its carbon usage. Through its partnership with Forest Carbon, Kier Living will …

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One-in-ten builders making a loss due to material price hikes

Small builders

A third of small building firms say that soaring material prices are squeezing their margins with more than one-in-ten builders report making losses on their building projects as a consequence, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Construction SMEs have reported a range of material price increases since the depreciation of sterling following the EU …

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