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Makita introduces heavy duty cordless angle grinders

cordless angle grinders

Makita has introduced two heavy duty cordless angle grinders to its industrial range powered by twin 18v batteries to give 36v power to the brushless, high performance motor. These new cordless grinders deliver  mains machine type performance with the added benefit of total manoeuvrability. A host of new features, especially in the machine electronics, ensures maximum operating productivity and at …

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Housing Association fined after exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

Housing Association fined

HSE is reminding companies of the necessity of monitoring workers’ health after a South Wales Housing Association was fined for exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard how Charter Housing Association Ltd. reported six cases of HAVS following a health surveillance programme launched in June 2015. The affected employees were all part of the maintenance …

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Lightweight beanie fits under hard hats for warmth and safety

Lightweight beanie

As the chilly weather sets in JSP has launched a new thermal helmet beanie called the Surefit Beanie which is fully approved to be worn with all the JSP Evo range of Safety Helmets. Compatibility is key when combining PPE and this new Beanie will prevent workers from wearing incompatible and dangerous alternatives such as hoodies under their helmets. Designed …

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Average tradesperson earns £781/week in 2017

what trades earn

Hudson Contract has revealed this year’s winners and losers across 10 regions and 17 trades in its annual Construction Pay Trends Index with plumbers enjoying biggest pay rise in 2017 while electricians have experienced a pay drop. The index shows that self-employed builders in England and Wales have seen a year-on-year increase in average weekly earnings of 3.8% – with …

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Construction industry warns against Brexit ‘cliff edge’ for EU workers

Construction workers

The construction sector has come together to warn the Government of the dangers of the industry facing a ‘cliff edge’ regarding access to EU workers. In an unprecedented show of unity, seven of the construction industry’s major trade bodies have set out what they believe to be the sector’s responsibilities and requirements in a post-Brexit labour market. The ‘Construction Industry …

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The Extension Project Part 2 – Relocating the drains

drains and sewers

Roger Bisby shares the trials and tribulations of relocating the drains in the second episode of The Extension project. Builders will often tell you that the hardest part of a job is the bit in the ground. In my case this was true. The ground was made up with rubble, there were two drain runs and manholes to be removed …

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BMF welcomes commitment to housebuilding

Builders Merchants Federation

Responding to today’s Budget (22.11.2017), the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has welcomed recognition by the Chancellor that housebuilding needs to be one of the Government’s main priorities. John Newcomb, Chief Executive of the BMF said: “The BMF is pleased that the Chancellor acknowledges the profound need to deliver and build new homes. This needs to be an unflinching, unrelenting determination …

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Delving deeper into the world of damp prevention & cure

damp prevention

Roger Bisby attends a one day damp-proofing course with Safeguard Europe where he learns about the different causes and types of damp in buildings and what can be done about them. I have been using DryRods from Safeguard Europe for a couple of years now. Before that I used the Dryzone cream. There is no doubt that the product works …

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Jewson closes online store following data security breach

Jewson closes

Builders’ merchant Jewson has taken its online store www.jewsondirect.co.uk offline amidst fears that customers’ data may have been stolen by hackers. The breaches are believed to have taken place between 23 August, 2017, and 3 November, 2017. Jewson notfied its customers of the breaches in a recent letter which stated: “As a Jewson Direct customers, we regrettably are writing to …

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Excavation company fined after worker set on fire

Housing Association fined

A company undertaking excavation work has been fined for safety breaches, when a worker was burned after striking underground electrical cables. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that in February 2016 an employee was excavating the ground at a site on Spare Lease Hill in Loughton, Essex. He struck an electrical cable and was set on fire. He received significant burns to his …

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