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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-pitched …

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Weather partly to blame for sharp drop in construction output

too cold to build

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

Construction boss jailed

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

Construction boss jailed

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

builder qualification

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

Construction boss jailed

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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