Roger Bisby

Roger Bisby
Roger Bisby is an English television presenter and journalist, known for his expertise in the British building industry.

Gloves standard set to change

Changes to glove standards

During the second half of 2016, a new version of EN388, the mechanical hazards standard  for protective gloves will be published. One of the key changes to the standard is that it will now include back of the hand protection and it should make it easier to identify which gloves offer which level of protection. From 21 April 2018, new …

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Star company of BBC series prosecuted over worker injury

Lanscaping company fined

A Bolton based scrapyard, The Scrappers Ltd, that featured in a recent BBC documentary series has been sentenced after an employee suffered facial injuries at work. The vehicle breakers firm and Terry Walker, a consultant for the company, appeared at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester where they denied breaches of health and safety law. Both defendants pleaded not guilty to health …

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Origin launches range of blinds

Origin blinds

Origin the UK manufacturer of bi-folding doors, windows and blinds, has added a selection of Origin blinds to its Origin Home range. Designed to fit every door and window type, from bi-folds and French Doors through to bay and gable windows, the new range includes six different styles; Electric Roller Blinds, Pleated Blinds, Roman Blinds, Glamour Blinds, Venetian Blinds, and …

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These boots were made for working: Grubs boots review

Grubs boots review

Not usually a “wellies man”, Roger Bisby is pleasantly surprised by the new Grubs boots. The only issue he seems likely to have is keeping hold of them. If  a family has been making footwear since 1776  you can safely assume they have worked out how to do it. The Foster family has not only produced an impressive number of  inventions such …

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Klauke and Bosch tools get same battery

Klauke and Bosch tools

Bosch is joining forces with Klauke to deliver high-performance 18 V batteries for all of Klauke’s Next Generation battery-operated hydraulic pressing and cutting tools. These batteries will have a running time of 2.0 or 5.0 Ah depending on the model. They are part of the Bosch Flexible Power System and are compatible with all of Bosch’s professional cordless tools and …

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One in ten home owners unhappy with building work

cowboy builders

One in ten home building projects fail to please home owners, leaving a trail of unhappy customers, according to new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Of the home owners who are unhappy with their building work, the top reasons cited include: shoddy workmanship (49%), cost overruns (27%) and delays (23%). However, most of these issues can be …

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Gangway access incident leads to £400,000 fine

Lanscaping company fined

Valero Energy UK Limited has been fined £400, 000 following a serious accident at its Pembroke Refinery. Judge Peter Heywood sitting at Swansea Crown Court heard the Berth 6 access tower walkway that provided gangway access to a stationary tanker vessel on 5 March 2012 had dropped 3.5 metres, causing operator David Thomas to be trapped by a slack wire rope. He …

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New offers on Volkswagen Amarok

offers on Volkswagen Amarok

All highline Volkswagen Amarok models registered from now until the end of September come with a factory-fit RNS 315 satellite navigation system as well as a choice of two chrome packs with a number of competitive finance offers available. Customers can get a top-of-the-range Amarok Highline 2.0-litre Bi-TDI 180 PS with sat nav on Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Solutions Personal Contract …

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Smig plaster review

Smig plaster

Roger Bisby finds that Smig ready mixed joint filler and finishing plaster from Polish company Megaron offers an ideal  product for decorators, plumbers and electricians looking for a convenience plaster to do the odd bit of making good. A few months ago I went out on site to see a demonstration of  a polymer spray finish plaster. The product in question was …

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How to remove a load bearing wall safely and easily using brick brace

load bearing wall removal

In this video Roger Bisby demonstrates how to support brick work safely using the brick brace system during load bearing wall removal.  “It seems like years ago that I was first introduced to the Brick Brace. It is no illusion, time flies and in all that time I have been waiting for the right job to try it out on. …

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