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Mercedes-Benz pick-up truck revealed

Mercedes-Benz pick-up truck

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its first pick-up truck – the hotly anticipated Mercedes-Benz X-Class which will be available in Europe from November at a price of 37,294 Euro.  The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is said to push the boundaries of the modern pick-up – designed to be used as a rugged, all-terrain pickup but also as a vehicle for urban lifestyles and families. The …

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Workplace fatality figures reveal need for modern training methods

The construction industry must do more to ensure health and safety compliance and avoid incidents, according to specialist training provider Develop Training Limited (DTL). The company’s comments follow publications of the Health & Safety Executive’s annual workplace fatality figures, which revealed that across the UK, more than 135 workers were fatally injured between April 2016 and March 2017 with the …

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Contractor fined £10,000 after electrician is paralysed falling off own ladder

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London contractor Meadows WR LLP (MWR) has been fined after a 60 year-old man fell off a ladder, through an opening and down to the lower floor of a house in St Albans. St Albans Crown Court heard how the 60-year-old man, Mr Kundi, died three years after the incident. MWR contracted him to part demolish and refurbish a property …

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PassivSystems partners with ENGIE

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Following ENGIE’s recent move into the UK home energy market ­ the energy and services company has announced it will provide smart heating controls from PassivSystems to customers choosing its new three-year fixed ENGIE Control tariff. The controls, which are part of the PassivLiving HEAT service, will provide homeowners with the ability to regulate their living space and water heating …

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Construction lagging on gender diversity, says Pipeline report

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Women Count 2017, the second annual report by the Pipeline, has tracked and analysed the number of women on Executive Committees of FTSE 350 companies and has found that progress on gender diversity in senior roles has regressed. With only 16% of members on Executive Committees being women, the same percentage as 2016, there has been no progress. Also, more …

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Redland recognises roofing’s top ten

Redland Apprentice

Somerset’s Joe Stradling has won the prestigious title of Redland Apprentice of the Year against stiff competition as one of ten of the country’s best roofing apprentices. In a West Country double, Cornishman Tom Knight was awarded Highly Commended, a category created to acknowledge how close he was to the top award. Joe, who works West Country Tiling in Frome, …

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Four month wait for good builders, new research reveals

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Home owners should book in their builder at least four months before their project begins or risk working with a cowboy, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed. The research also shows that many consumers don’t ask their builders for essentials such as a contract or references when embarking upon a major piece of building work. …

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Safeguard’s Dryrod damp-proofing rods gain WTA approval

Dryrod damp-proofing

Dryrod damp-proofing rods from Safeguard Europe – the UK specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology – have been accredited by the German WTA organisation for creating remedial damp-proof courses (DPCs) against capillary absorption in masonry, otherwise known in the UK as rising damp. The WTA, which translates into English as the Scientific and Technical Work Group for Building Conservation and …

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Roofing company fined after worker fell through a roof

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A London based roofing company has been fined after a 56-year old worker fell through two storeys onto a concrete floor. Southwark Crown Court heard how 56-year old Ali Mucoj, while working for Wessexmoor Ltd, had been completing roof work at a site on Glycena Road in London, when he fell from an unguarded rear roof and suffered multiple injuries …

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Bricklayer turned tax agent jailed for £1.5m tax scam

bricklayer Jeffrey Bakewell

A self-appointed Essex tax adviser, who instructed his clients on how to fraudulently claim £1.5m in tax repayments, has been jailed for five years. Former bricklayer Jeffrey Bakewell (69), of Cedar Avenue, Wickford, set himself up as a tax adviser and an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs revealed he kept around £300,000 from his clients’ false claims. Bakewell’s clients …

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