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.

Roofing firms fined after worker fell to his death

Lanscaping company fined

Two roofing companies and one of their directors have been fined after a worker fell to his death through a skylight. Cardiff Crown Court heard how 46 year old Lance Davies, a father of seven, died after falling over seven metres through a roof light at industrial premises in the Crumlin area of South Wales. An investigation by the Health …

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Skills shortage lowering quality of construction work

quality of construction work

Nearly 85% of public sector construction managers, and 58% of private sector contractors and suppliers say the current skills shortage is negatively impacting the quality of their workmanship, as well as one in ten citing it as critically impacting their ability to keep to budget. Sustainability in the Supply Chain, a new report from built environment specialist Scape Group which …

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Evolution RAGE3-S 255mm Sliding Compound Mitre Saw REVIEW

Evolution RAGE3-S 210mm Sliding Compound Mitre Saw

In this latest product review Roger Bisby looks at the Evolution RAGE3-S 255mm Sliding Compound Mitre Saw which is said to to cut steel, aluminium & wood with one saw and one blade. These are the claims for the Evolution RAGE3-S 255mm Sliding Compound Mitre Saw. See Roger put these claims to the test. Multipurpose cutting Using patented professional RAGE® …

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Nissan Navara pickup gets enhanced Euro 6 Diesel Engine

nissan navara pickup

After winning the International Pick-up Award 2016 the Nissan Navara pickup range has now switched to a more advanced and eco-friendly Euro 6 engine. The upgrade covers both the 190PS twin-turbo and 160PS single turbo versions of the Navara’s 2.3-litre dCi diesel engine and is said to make a significant difference to the pick-up’s environmental performance. CO2 emissions now start …

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Construction site security guard dies from carbon monoxide poisoning

Lanscaping company fined

Two security companies have been fined after a security guard died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Javaid Iqbal, a 29 year old father of three, was employed by London based KK Security Services Ltd as a security guard on a construction site in Leigh, Wigan. KK Security were sub contracted by Veritas Security (Southern) Ltd, a Southampton based company, despite it being written into the …

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 School fined after worker fell from height

Lanscaping company fined

A school in Brentwood has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations after a worker was injured as he fell from a roof. Chelmsford Crown Court heard how in January 2014 a maintenance team at the school was working to replace components on a bay window of a residential flat within the school grounds. A 63-year-old employee was working …

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Jail for plumbers who charged £672/hour to unblock a toilet

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Members of a plumbing firm that targeted elderly and vulnerable victims and charged rates of up to £672 per hour to unblock a toilet have been jailed. Victims contacted the Birmingham-based companies over a two year period via Yellow Pages, where Duane Linton, aged 34, of Wood Lane, Handsworth, advertised as an emergency local plumber, and stated that he offered …

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Timber-frame firm fined for fire safety and traffic offences

Timber-frame firm fined

J G Hale Construction Ltd based in South Wales has been fined £100,000 for running an unsafe timber-frame construction site. Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard that HSE launched an investigation on 27 July after making an unannounced visit to inspect Hale’s site in the centre of Blaenavon. Fifty-four timber-frame houses were under construction, which carry a serious fire risk if not …

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Plummeting pound is pushing up material costs, warns FMB

year for bricks

Concerns over the rising costs of construction materials could be exacerbated by a weakening currency following the EU referendum result, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned. Commenting on the FMB’s State of Trade Survey results for Q2 2016, which show that two-thirds of construction SME bosses predict material price inflation, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: …

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Hand-made clay roof tiles installed on Scandia-Hus residence

Hand-made clay roof tiles

Nearly fifty thousand Brookhurst hand-made plain clay roofing tiles have been installed on a stylish Scandia-Hus residence in West Sussex. Brookhurst tiles are made from the highest quality clay material using traditional hand moulding and coal firing techniques. The Sussex residence is located on a former orchard site acquired with a small cottage which was demolished.  Planners approved the elegant …

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