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Are you the tool trickster of 2016?

tool trickster

Ironmongery Direct has launched a campaign to find the ‘Tool Trickster of 2016’. Tradespeople across the UK are invited to show off their best tool tricks, whether that is hammer flips, slick trowel spins, kicks, catches or any other impressive tricks, as long as they are safe. See some examples here: www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk/research/tool-trickster-2016/ To be in with a chance of becoming …

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Nissan creates all-electric mobile office

mobile office

Nissan has collaborated with UK-based design workshop Studio Hardie to transform its zero-emission e-NV200 van into an all-electric mobile office – the e-NV200 WORKSPACe. The office on wheels features an integrated fold-out desk, touchscreen computer, wireless internet, smartphone-controlled LED lights, wireless phone charging, Bluetooth audio system, mini fridge and barista-quality coffee machine. The e-NV200 WORKSPACe paints a picture of what …

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Contractors fined after mast strikes power line

Lanscaping company fined

Two Norfolk-based companies have been fined after a worker suffered life-changing injuries following an overhead power line strike. Norwich Crown Court heard that L F Papworth Ltd and T. W. Page & Son Ltd had organised drilling work for the purposes of crop irrigation at Felmingham, Norfolk. On 29 April 2014 Jonathan Howes, an employee of T.W. Page & Son …

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Worker seriously injured in mobile platform fall

Lanscaping company fined

A Buckinghamshire waste equipment maintenance firm has been fined after a worker suffered serious head injuries when a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) overturned. Geoffrey Hatton, 49, from County Durham, was in the process of dismantling a compactor at a site in Wilmslow, Cheshire when the incident occurred on the 19th January 2015. Minshull Street Crown Court heard that Mr Hatton, …

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Ford Transit family becomes world best seller

Ford Transit family

The Ford Transit was the best-selling cargo van family globally in 2015, with nearly 400,000 vans registered, according to IHS Markit registration data. Transit is building on a 50-year legacy in Europe. In the past 25 months, Ford has seen its commercial vehicle market share grow from 10.8 per cent to 12.9 per cent in Europe. This makes Ford the …

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Council and contractors fined after man dies and another seriously injured in roadworks

Lanscaping company fined

Liverpool City Council and two of its contractors have been prosecuted following two separate incidents involving roadworks on a busy city centre road. One man died and another was seriously injured while attempting to cross Queens Drive in Liverpool during major resurfacing works in the summer of 2012. Enterprise Liverpool Limited and Tarmac Trading Limited were contracted by Liverpool City …

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Addam on track to meet £100k target

Addam Smith

When fencing and landscape gardening business owner Addam Smith found out his employee Keith Ellick had been diagnosed with terminal cancer he couldn’t stand by and do nothing. Knowing that Keith’s biggest worry was for the welfare of his family Addam, who owns ALS Fencing & Lanscaping, took to the popular Facebook group Builder’s Talk to see if he could …

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Landlord given suspended prison sentence over gas failings

Lanscaping company fined

A Durham landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence following his failure to maintain or check the gas fittings in one of his properties. A gas fire with back boiler at a tenanted property in Wilton Street, Middlesborough, was found to be immediately dangerous when examined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). HSE prosecuted Christopher Hobaiter after it was found that the …

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New approach to electrical safety training vital to save lives

electrical safety training

Develop Training Ltd (DTL), the UK training and consultancy specialist, warns that with more than 1,000 electricity-related accidents reported at work in the UK every year, a new approach to electrical safety training is needed to save lives. To raise industry awareness and to provide one clear voice for Authorising Engineers and Authorised Persons working in high voltage environments, DTL …

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Demand for building work bucks Brexit

Demand for building work

Consumer demand for building work remained resilient in the three months following the vote for Brexit, new figures from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) have revealed. Commenting on the results of the first UK-wide survey of the SME construction sector post-referendum, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Ongoing workloads for construction SMEs remained remarkably resilient in the …

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