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.

Bricklayers and electricians at greater risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis

chippy shortage

New research indicates that certain occupations may put workers at an elevated risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. The findings, which appeard in Arthritis Care & Research, suggest that work-related factors, such as noxious airborne agents, may contribute to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis.  Environmental factors are thought to play a role in the development of rheumatoid arthritis by triggering autoimmune …

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Baxi announces new boiler and smart control

Baxi 600 Combi

Baxi has launched a pioneering new combi boiler, which the company says is set to make light work of the complex installation process. To coincide with this, the manufacturer has also developed a new smart room thermostat which allows customers to control their heating using an app. The Baxi 600 Combi has been designed with the needs of the installer …

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Plumbers hit hard by tool thefts – 27% of Plumbers targeted in 2017

tool thefts

Plumbers incomes are said to have been seriously damaged this year by tool thefts from vans and job sites, with 27% reporting the loss of tools which damaged their ability to earn a living. The research carried out by warm.co.uk suggests that thefts are on the rise, and Plumbers are fully aware of the damage to their livelihoods of the …

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Construction still one of the most dangerous industries

construction dangerous

The latest annual injury and ill health statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that the construction sector continues to suffer significantly higher injury rates than other industries with slips, trips & falls remaining the biggest cause of injuries. The latest HSE stats show 1.3 million workers were suffering from work related ill-health – a decrease on 2015/16 …

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Eurocell raises the bar with lower threshold

PVC-U low threshold

As a part of a drive to continuously improve its systems, Eurocell – one of the UK’s leading manufacturers, distributors and recyclers of PVC-U window, door, conservatory and roofline products – has introduced a new PVC-U low threshold for its Eurologik 70mm chamfered and ovolo doors that offers users an alternative to aluminium that will cut energy bills and improve …

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Real Deals for You: Jack Classic 50cm/20″ Handsaw Twin Pack review

Jack Classic 50cm

Skill Builder has once again teamed up with Real Deals for You to take a look at a selection of products from their Christmas campaign.  In the second installment of this series Roger Bisby takes a look at the Jack Classic 50cm/20″ Handsaw Twin Pack. Real Deals for You is a year-round campaign run by one of Europe’s leading hand …

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Challenging perceptions of fall protection: The V-SHOCK Self-Retracting Lifeline

V-SHOCK

It’s not uncommon to see construction workers working at height without fall protection, particularly on small sites, where workers worry complex, cumbersome equipment will slow them down. MSA Safety is challenging this perception of fall protection with its new V-SHOCK, a self-retracting lifeline for building contractors designed with simplicity and robustness in mind.  Karl Jones, Global Industrial Design Leader at MSA …

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The Extension Project – Part 1 (Setting out footings for an extension)

Setting out footings for an extension

The Extension Project is a brand new series from Skill Builder following the build of a side and rear extension on a semi-detached house. In the first instalment of the series Roger provides an overview of the project and explains the setting out process. Setting out footings for an extension “It’s very important when you’re building anything that you set …

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Builder fined after father and son seriously injured in fall from height

A builder has been sentenced after three workers, including a father and son, fell almost five metres when a work platform became disconnected from a telehandler. Hull Magistrates’ Court heard that on 1 December 2015, Mr Jeremy Waudby was hired to construct a new chicken shed at Argham Fields Farm, Burton Fleming Driffield. He subcontracted a cladding company (A L …

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Simple precautions could have prevented roofer’s fall

A construction company has been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries after a fall from height which could have been prevented with simple precautions, such as a robust cover or scaffolding. Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 22 October 2015, a sub-contractor working for King Builders (Gloucester) Ltd, suffered fractured vertebrae, chest and head injuries after falling through an …

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