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Nissan Navara pickup gets enhanced Euro 6 Diesel Engine

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After winning the International Pick-up Award 2016 the Nissan Navara pickup range has now switched to a more advanced and eco-friendly Euro 6 engine. The upgrade covers both the 190PS twin-turbo and 160PS single turbo versions of the Navara’s 2.3-litre dCi diesel engine and is said to make a significant difference to the pick-up’s environmental performance. CO2 emissions now start …

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Construction site security guard dies from carbon monoxide poisoning

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Two security companies have been fined after a security guard died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Javaid Iqbal, a 29 year old father of three, was employed by London based KK Security Services Ltd as a security guard on a construction site in Leigh, Wigan. KK Security were sub contracted by Veritas Security (Southern) Ltd, a Southampton based company, despite it being written into the …

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 School fined after worker fell from height

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A school in Brentwood has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations after a worker was injured as he fell from a roof. Chelmsford Crown Court heard how in January 2014 a maintenance team at the school was working to replace components on a bay window of a residential flat within the school grounds. A 63-year-old employee was working …

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Travis Perkins celebrates a year of fitness with British Military Fitness

British Military Fitness

Travis Perkins, the UK distributor of building materials to the trade, construction and home improvement markets, and British Military Fitness (BMF), the provider of outdoor fitness classes, are celebrating a year-long partnership. The partnership, which forms part of Travis Perkins’s commitment to employees’ health and wellbeing, has run 120 dedicated BMF lunchtime sessions with Travis Perkins and plc brand Wickes …

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Jail for plumbers who charged £672/hour to unblock a toilet

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Members of a plumbing firm that targeted elderly and vulnerable victims and charged rates of up to £672 per hour to unblock a toilet have been jailed. Victims contacted the Birmingham-based companies over a two year period via Yellow Pages, where Duane Linton, aged 34, of Wood Lane, Handsworth, advertised as an emergency local plumber, and stated that he offered …

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Timber-frame firm fined for fire safety and traffic offences

Timber-frame firm fined

J G Hale Construction Ltd based in South Wales has been fined £100,000 for running an unsafe timber-frame construction site. Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard that HSE launched an investigation on 27 July after making an unannounced visit to inspect Hale’s site in the centre of Blaenavon. Fifty-four timber-frame houses were under construction, which carry a serious fire risk if not …

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Electrocution death a stark warning to companies in high voltage environments

Electrocution death

This week’s news that Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission has been heavily fined following the electrocution of a worker serves as a grave reminder of the importance of training, according to Develop Training Ltd (DTL), the UK training and consultancy specialist. The electricity company was fined £133,000 after Gareth Aitken was killed while working on the Beauly-Dounreay line on 2 August …

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Company fined for exposing family to asbestos

Housing Association fined

A Hertfordshire-based home improvement company has been fined after the unsafe removal of asbestos material from a domestic property. St Albans Magistrates’ Court heard how Ace of Hearts Home Improvement Limited (AOH) removed asbestos containing materials (ACM) from a domestic property in St Albans. Asbestos damage The Asbestos Insulation Board (AIB) soffits surrounding the underside of the guttering around the …

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Forgefix launches high performance screw range

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ForgeFix, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of fixings, fasteners and associated products, has developed a new range of screws which the company says has exceptional performance characteristics. The best screws on the market? In independent tests, the new screws outperformed most other premium screws on the market in areas such as drive-speed, cam-out reduction, corrosion resistance, shear prevention and …

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Plummeting pound is pushing up material costs, warns FMB

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Concerns over the rising costs of construction materials could be exacerbated by a weakening currency following the EU referendum result, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned. Commenting on the FMB’s State of Trade Survey results for Q2 2016, which show that two-thirds of construction SME bosses predict material price inflation, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: …

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