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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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World’s first high visibility wellingtons launched at Safety & Health Expo

high visibility wellingtons

The simplest ideas can be the best. BrightBoot has launched a unique range of high-vis wellingtons at this year’s Safety & Health Expo 2018. Skill Builder Editor Georgina Bisby visited the event to find out more about the latest in safety footwear. Brightboot says it has delivered a world first by combining safety footwear protection with compliant high visibility performance …

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Balfour Beatty fined half a million pounds for HAVs exposure

HAVs exposure

Contractor Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions has been sentenced after exposing workers to a debilitating health condition over a nine-year period. Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd was fined £500,000 after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that workers at the company were exposed to hand-arm vibration between 2002 and 2011 which put them at risk of developing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome …

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Roofing’s young bloods shortlisted for national apprentice final

roofing apprentices

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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