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ECA on look out for bright sparks

Power Players

A new industry-wide initiative, Power Players which will recognise some of the most talented individuals within building services engineering, has been announced by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA). The initiative is aimed at those up to 39 years of age, who have already made a positive impact in their respective organisations. To enter the initiative, individuals will simply need to send …

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Most in demand trades could see wages double

Builders Merchants Federation

British construction must recruit over 400,000 people each and every year between now and 2021 – equivalent to one worker every 77 seconds – if it is to create the homes and infrastructure the nation needs, according to the latest report from Arcadis. Failure to address the skills gulf could even see the earnings of some tradespeople sky-rocketing inside a …

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Skanska to trial smart hard-hats

Smart Helmets

Skanska UK is to trial on site DAQRI Smart Helmets – industrial grade wearable technology that provides users with instant and relevant information, overlaid on their line of sight. Skanska is the first UK contractor to become part of DAQRI’s early adopter programme, building on the relationship that has grown between Skanska and DAQRI over recent years. The DAQRI Smart Helmet …

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Roofing boss prosecuted for worker’s fall

house collapse

A self-employed businessman has been prosecuted after his employee fell from the flat roof of a building and died from his injuries. Manchester Crown Court heard how, on 22 December 2013, father of two, Jason Fogarty, a casual employee of Roy Hardaker (trading as 9 to 5 Roofing), was working on a flat roof replacement project. He was working alongside. …

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Westferry Printworks demolition begins in London’s Docklands

Westferry Printworks demolition

Westferry Printworks owner Northern & Shell and development manager Mace have this week started demolition of Westferry Printworks in London’s Docklands, paving the way for a new waterfront neighbourhood just minutes from Canary Wharf.  Richard Desmond, founder and owner of Northern & Shell, together with his wife Joy and son Valentine, were on site for the proceedings. The Westferry Printworks …

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CSCS to stop issuing CRO cards from 31st March 2017

CRO card holders

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is reminding industry to be prepared for the withdrawal of the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card. CSCS will stop issuing CRO cards from 31st March 2017 and all CRO cards issued since October 2015 will expire on 30th September 2017*. CSCS Head of Communications Alan O’Neile said: “The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) announced (via …

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Worker loses leg in “accident that should never have happened”

house collapse

A Canvey Island engineering firm has been sentenced for health and safety breaches after a worker suffered life-changing injuries. Southend-on-Sea Magistrates’ Court heard that on 10 June 2015 Felix Trefas, 27, a welder for F. Brazil Reinforcements Ltd, was making large steel reinforcing cages which were moved by overhead travelling cranes. When one of these cranes broke down, a colleague …

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Screwfix opens 500th store

Screwfix opens 500th store

Omnichannel retailer, Screwfix has opened its 500th UK store at Lumina Park, Enfield, north London, marking a major milestone in the retailer’s expansion of its store network. Since opening its first store in Yeovil in 2005, Screwfix has grown significantly and has opened one store per week for the past six years meaning 90% of the UK population is within …

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Suspended sentence for unregistered gas worker

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A man has been fined and given a suspended prison sentence after working on a number of boilers without being Gas Safe registered. High Wycombe Crown Court heard how Philip Locke carried out work on a boiler in 2013 without being registered, faults were later found with the boiler. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuting issued a letter to …

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Building contractor fined after death of casual labourer

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A Manchester building contractor has been jailed following the death of a casual labourer who fell nearly seven metres through a fragile roof. The 45-year-old labourer from Manchester had been carrying out repair work at Witney Mill, Manchester when the incident occurred on 23 November 2013. Saleem Hussain had been engaged by the warehouse owner, who believed him to be …

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