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Festool teams up with British Lung Foundation to promote healthier workplaces

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Festool, the supplier of high-end power tools and accessories, has teamed up with the British Lung Foundation (BLF) to provide top quality cycling tops as a fundraising initiative. With carpenters four times more likely to contract asthma compared to other workers, Festool has previously promoted the importance of safer dust-free working conditions with the help of the BLF at last …

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Roofing firm fined after worker buried in trench

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A Fife-based construction company has been fined after a worker had to be dug out of a trench that collapsed onto him. Dundee Sheriff Court heard the 43-year-old employee of Wallace Roofing and Building Limited suffered a broken shoulder and collarbone as well as punctures to both of his lungs and fractures to all but two of his ribs. Emergency …

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Construction safety fines soar following legislation change

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Companies across the UK have been forced to pay out over £61m in health and safety fines throughout 2016 with the construction sector seeing fines double according to law firm BLM’s health and safety tracker. Research conducted by the insurance and risk law firm found that fines for the construction industry jumped from £6,644,807 in 2015 to £13,636,346 in 2016 …

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Screwfix launches search for Britain’s top tradesperson 2017

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Screwfix is continuing its search for the nation’s top tradespeople with the return of the annual Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2017 competition. Previous winners have included plumbers, bricklayers and electricians, but what trade will take home this year’s title? Beginning on 8 May 2017, tradespeople from across the nation are invited to apply and represent the building industry in this national …

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Safety guidance released amidst concerns surrounding unsafe telescopic ladders

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The Ladder Association, a not-for-profit body dedicated to promoting safe ladder use, has produced a safety guide for users of telescopic ladders – an increasingly popular piece of equipment for working at height – following reports of unsafe products in the UK. The guide provides key safety information for members of the public, including guidance on: Buying – how to …

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Kent construction firm fined for asbestos failings

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Barroerock Construction Limited has been fined after repeated asbestos failings. Canterbury Crown Court heard how the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out two investigations of working practices of the site in 2013 and 2014 while Barroerock were converting into flats a former nine storey office building in Ashford, Kent, which was known to contain asbestos. The first investigation arose …

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Solar installers fined following roof fall

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A Bristol based solar panel installation company has been fined after a 49-year-old worker fell more than 3.5 metres through a void in a roof. The fall inflicted serious injuries on the man, including bleeding on the brain, a fractured spleen and fractured ribs. Bristol Magistrates Court heard how the worker was one of several contracted by Solarjen Limited, known …

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Immigration and skills key to success of next Government, says FMB

Immigration and skills

The next Government must ensure the construction sector has enough skilled workers post-Brexit or its housing and infrastructure manifesto pledges will be redundant, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB has called on all major political parties to recognise the importance of migrant labour to the construction sector as part of its ‘Programme for Government’. Brian Berry, Chief …

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10 Home Improvement and DIY Myths that are completely false

Plentific.com has compiled a list of ten popular home improvement and DIY myths that are completely false. Myths: we’ve all heard them before, whether they’re about eating carrots to help you see in the dark, not drinking coffee for fear of stunting your growth or waiting an hour to swim after eating. Myths are everywhere, and it’s sometimes harder than …

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Women put at risk by ill-fitting safety gear, warns TUC

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Fewer than one in three women are given protective clothing specifically designed for women, according to a report published by the TUC today (Friday). Despite a legal duty on bosses to provide the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to their staff free of charge, only 3 in 10 women (29%) told a survey that the PPE they wear to keep …

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