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Roofing’s young bloods shortlisted for national apprentice final

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The country’s leading roofing apprentices are gearing up for the two-day final that will reward the best in each of the two roofing disciplines: pitched and flat roofing. BMI, the UK manufacturer and supplier of flat and pitch roofing systems, is offering the two awards backed by its market-leading brands. The Redland Apprentice of the Year will recognise the best …

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Weather partly to blame for sharp drop in construction output

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The Beast from the East, rising costs and Brexit are to blame for the sharp drop in construction output, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the April 2018 construction output figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Too cold to build? Commenting on the construction output figures for April 2018, Brian Berry, Chief Executive …

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Landscaping company fined after worker injured by wall collapse

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A landscaping services company has been sentenced after a worker was seriously injured when a retaining wall collapsed into a trench.  Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 7 November 2016, an employee of Award Winning Greenfingers Limited was undertaking groundworks to install a new timber retaining structure in the rear garden of a property at Beamish, County Durham. While …

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Hackitt Review provides a blueprint for wider change, says FMB

Hackitt Review

Dame Judith Hackitt’s Review into Building Regulations which has been published today provides a blueprint for ensuring competence in construction which should be extended across the industry, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The review of building regulations set up after the Grenfell tragedy has called for a “radical rethink” of the current safety system, but has not …

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Construction worker suffers multiple injuries after being crushed by dumper

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A groundworks company has been fined after an employee suffered serious internal injuries while working in an excavation at Ghyllgrove Junior & Infants School in Basildon. Southend Magistrates’ Court heard how a site dumper was parked at a slight incline on a heap of excavated soil, adjacent to a partially backfilled trench. The dumper had been left unattended with the …

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Time for a ‘general builder’ qualification, says FMB

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Almost 80% of builders are calling for more regulation in the construction industry to end the tyranny of cowboy builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB is calling on the Government to introduce a licensing scheme in construction as part of its new Agenda ‘Raising the bar: A post-Grenfell agenda for quality and professionalism in construction’. …

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Home improvements company fined after worker falls from garage roof

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A home improvements company has been fined after a worker was significantly injured falling from a garage roof and the company failed to report the incident for nine months. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 11 May 2015, an employee of Rock Home Improvements Limited was working on a garage roof when he fell 3.4 metres onto the driveway …

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Graphene concrete set to revolutionise construction industry

graphene concrete

A new greener, stronger and more durable concrete that is made using the wonder-material graphene could revolutionise the construction industry. Experts from the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering new technique that uses nanoengineering technology to incorporate graphene into traditional concrete production. The new composite material, which is more than twice as strong and four times more water resistant …

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Small builders waiting over a year for bricks as material prices rocket

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More than half of small building firms say that rising material prices are squeezing their margins and the same percentage have had to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Small and medium-sized (SME) building firms were asked which materials are in shortest supply and have the longest wait …

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Construction slave-owner jailed for seven years

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A Romanian man who enslaved up to 15 men, offering demolition work and then using violence to trap them, has been jailed for seven years. David Lupu, 29, promised the men £50 per day as well as accommodation, but instead paid them just a fraction of the wage, housed them in cramped conditions and confiscated their ID papers. Metropolitan Police …

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