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Origin reveals Britain’s ‘forever home’

forever home

The ideal ‘forever home’ for the average British homeowner is a four-bedroom, detached house in the country, worth £458,000 – and just down the road from Mum, it has emerged. A detailed study of 2,000 UK homeowners, carried out by Origin, the British manufacturer of bespoke aluminium bi-folding doors, residential doors and windows, also found that homeowners hanker after a …

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Seven THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW about Silica Dust

Silica Dust

According to the HSE, respirable crystalline silica (RCS), often referred to as Silica Dust, is the second biggest risk to construction workers, following asbestos. Knowledge is power when it comes to staying protected, which is why Skill Builder has joined forces with Scott Safety to create this educational video. If you, or anyone you know, works with Silica Dust, please …

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HSE issues advice on safe use of ladders

ladder safety

Following a recent fatal accident investigation, HSE is strongly advising all duty holders and users of combination ladders to ensure that they: Carry out pre-use checks Use them in accordance with instructions Check the locking mechanism(s) Failure to do so could result in serious accidents, said Debbie Flynn, Health & Safety Awareness Officer at the HSE who shared the following …

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Two companies fined after roof fall death

roof fall death

Two Hampshire based companies have been fined after the death of a 42-year old man. Bournemouth Crown Court heard that on 20 July 2012 the sub-contractor working for Quality 1st Building Services Ltd was undertaking remedial work to a roof at a domestic property in Ringwood, Hampshire when he fell seven metres from the roof to the ground and later …

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Checkatrade joins forces with Caterpillar

checkatrade caterpillar

Checkatrade has announced a partnership with construction giant, Caterpillar to offer members 30% off at  products at www.shopcaterpillar.co.uk  Members already receive a range of  benefits including inclusion in the Checkatrde search feature. To become a member of Checkatrade and join over 25,000 UK tradespeople, potential members must undergo a thorough background check and commit to, and uphold, the ‘Checkatrade Standard’. …

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Costain offers subcontractors counselling

subcontractors counselling

Costain has announced it will extend its Employee Assistance Programme to its supply chain. The business is among the first in the construction sector to offer the benefits of its Employee Assistance Programme for anyone in the business or supply chain experiencing worry, stress or anxiety caused by health, family, work, legal or other issues. The move underscores the business’ …

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Company fined after scaffold collapse

roof fall death

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

roof fall death

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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Skilled carpenters, flooring and tiling specialists wanted in the French Alps

carpenters jobs french alps

Season to Season Employment – a recruitment company that specialises in seasonal employment is currently looking for skilled carpenters and/or flooring and tiling specialists to work in the French Alps. The company says successful candidates will enjoy summer season and pre-winter delights in the French Alps honing their skills in and around luxury chalets. Those who want to continue into …

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