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Alarming lack of awareness about fire door safety

fire door safety

Despite the tragedy of the Grenfell fire in London last summer, an online poll has revealed that 50% of tradespeople don’t feel confident in advising customers on fire door safety. Despite extensive media coverage about the dangers of inadequate fire protection in offices and homes since the disaster, less than 20% of tradespeople polled have seen an increase in demand …

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Almost a quarter of Brits concerned about the quality of new build homes

Small builders

Nearly a quarter (24%) of people consider a lack of quality of build to be a major disadvantage of buying a new build home over an older property, according to a recent survey by BLP Insurance, a specialist residential warranty and commercial latent defects insurer. People living in the north of England (29%) were more likely to view a lack …

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Pressure to go to university worsening skills crisis, says FMB

Pressure to go to university

Half of the UK’s 18-24 year olds feel pressurised to go to university. This problem has become more pronounced, with this age group having been four times more likely to experience pressure to study for a degree than +55 year olds, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).  Key results from the FMB’s research into people’s …

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Builder destroys newly built cottages as revenge for not being paid

Builder destroys

A disgruntled builder has destroyed a £2.5 million row of newly built cottages in a dispute over pay.  Neighbours are said to have seen the man laughing and taking photos while he began demolishing the buildings. According to the sun neighbours confronted the builder, concerned their homes would be next but the builder said he was only damaging properties on …

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Property developer sentenced after roof and wall collapse

wall collapse

A Manchester-based property developer has been sentenced after the roof and part of the rear wall collapsed at one of his properties during demolition works. Manchester Crown Court heard how Riaz Ahmad appointed a group of workers, who had no experience in construction, to carry out demolition work at a property in Oldham. On 11 August 2017, after receiving a …

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Contractor, client and director convicted after dangerous building site conditions

wall collapse

A contractor, client and director have been convicted after conditions at a building site were found to be dangerous. Southwark Crown Court heard that inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the construction site on Gladesmore Road, London on numerous occasions in 2015 while building work was taking place at the property. Inspectors found poor health and safety conditions …

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Construction boss jailed after death of two brothers

Construction boss jailed

Simon Thomerson has been sentenced to 8 months in custody after pleading guilty to a health and safety breach that resulted in the death of two brothers. Luton Crown Court heard how Mr Thomerson, the sole owner and director of Clearview Design and Construction Ltd, had been contracted by the owners of an industrial park in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire to refurbish …

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Construction still most dangerous industry, particularly for older workers

construction

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has this week released its annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2017/18, which has shown an increase in workplace fatalities with the highest number of fatal injuries occuring in the construction industry. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal injuries revealed that 144 workers were fatally injured between April 2017 and March 2018 …

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Firms dash to comply with new electrical wiring regs

new electrical wiring regs

Develop Training Ltd (DTL), is warning that firms will face a dash for compliance when new electrical wiring regulations are released next month. DTL says many firms will be caught unawares by the scope of the changes in the new British Standard requirements for electrical installations. The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s 18th Edition Wiring Regulations, which form the basis …

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Step towards universal battery system for cordless power tools: Roger comments

Universal battery system

At long last it looks like we might be moving towards a universal battery system for cordless power tools following an announcement this week that nine manufacturers have joined forces to create the Cordless Alliance System (CAS). Metabo, Rothenberger, Mafell, Eisenblätter, Collomix, Haaga, Starmix, Eibenstock and Steinel power tool and machine manufacturers held a joint press conference in the German …

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